E ttore Bugatti’s first production car, (the Italian, living and working in Alsace, a part of Germany from 1871 until being returned to France in 1918), was in rather Fellini-esque fashion entitled the Type 10, it being his tenth design. Fortunately for us all, Bugatti’s works could take the mantle of a full masterpiece and so no half was necessary as in filmmaker Fellini’s oeuvre “8 ½”. There is no record of a Type 11 or Type 12, but in 1910 the first Type 13, similar to the Type 10 but with a bore enlarged by 3mm, was delivered to a customer. The Type 13 remained in production until 1926 after some 2,000 units had been built. The Type 13 known as the ‘Brescia’ received its nomenclature when Bugatti, recorded up to that time its greatest achievement on the track, taking the first four spots at the Italian Voiturette Grand Prix at Brescia in Northern Italy in 1920.
Alongside the Type 13 Brescia at the Concours d’Elegance in Hong Kong the other pre-war cars were a Pur Sang Type 35 Bugatti, and the class winner a Red Label Bentley 3 litre.
London to Brighton run 2017: A great fun event! But never change a winning team.
Singing birds in the rising sun. Reflection on the polished lamps. The sound and fumes of hot steaming engines. A lot of warm clothes (which were certainly necessary, but at least it was dry). In this international event participated approximately 450 pre-1905 cars. Every single one on its way to Brighton, passing the London landmarks and the wonderful autumn sceneries. For many of them tradition or a trip down memory lane. But this year there was one major change, the route. The enthusiastic spectators along the side of the road, the hills and the overtaking pushed the cars to the limit. For every car and participant, a victory upon arrival on Madeira Drive. This is how we would summarize The London to Brighton Veteran Car Run 2017. A great fun event! But never change a winning team.
Edward P. Zerė and his C6 Amilcars
A double mystery start of the week