More than 40 historic Bugatti models from different eras gathered in front of the Château in Molsheim, at the heart of Alsace, France. This is where Ettore Bugatti founded his famous company 110 years ago. At the Grande Fête – the major anniversary celebration held Sept. 7–8 – modern-day Bugatti hyper sports cars were parked casually in between their predecessors: Chiron1, Divo2, La Voiture Noire2, Centodieci2 and a new model. The famous Schlumpf Collection of the Cité de l’Automobile – the largest Bugatti collection in the world – along with several private lenders exhibited a number of rare classics on the factory premises, including a Type 30 Torpedo, a Type 40 Roadster, a Type 46 Surprofilé, a Type 57 Galibier, a Type 57 S Corsica and the famous Type 35 racing car.
“It is fascinating to see these magnificent Bugatti vehicles on show here. My sincere thanks go to those Bugatti enthusiasts and staff who made this outstanding event possible to mark the 110th anniversary of Bugatti,” says Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti. “Even 110 years on, Bugatti remains a vibrant brand. We’re consistently able to demonstrate that we build the most sophisticated, luxurious and aesthetically appealing hyper sports cars in the world.” The Grande Fête is regarded as the crowning finale of the Grand Tour, a rally that took in the most important stages in the life of Ettore Bugatti – from Milan via Monaco, Aix-en-Provence, Beaune and Paris to Molsheim in Alsace.
Numerous record-breaking Bugatti vehicles assembled
One focus of the festive exhibition in the park around the Château, as well as the North Remise and the South Remise, was Bugatti’s world record vehicles. In addition to the historic Bugatti Type 35 – the most successful racing car of all time – there were several EB110 to be seen, such as the record car EB 110 SS Ice Speed Record, the record-breaking Veyron Super Sport of 2010 and the Veyron Vitesse WRC. In 2013, the Roadster set a new world speed record for open-top series-production sports cars with a speed of 408.84 km/h.
Just a few weeks ago, a pre-series version of the new Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+2 was the first hyper sports car to break the magical 300-mile-per-hour barrier (482.80 km/h). Bugatti has thus set a new TÜV-certified speed record of 304.773 mph (490.484 km/h). “Bugatti has once again demonstrated what our employees in the various departments are capable of. The name of Bugatti will go down in the history books as the first brand to pass the 300-mile-per- hour mark,” says Stephan Winkelmann.