The Bugatti Grand Prix will be one of the featured races, the centerpiece for the American Bugatti Club’s 50th anniversary and a highlight of the 2010 Monterey Historic Automobile Races at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California.
“The Bugatti Grand Prix that will be held at the prestigious historic races in Monterey allows our owners to share the remarkable Bugatti heritage and to show the lineage that defines who Bugatti is today,” said Alasdair Stewart, director of sales and marketing at Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. “Bugatti has stood for uncompromising performance, luxury and exclusivity, and these attributes are as true today in the Veyron as they were in what was one of the most successful race cars of all time, the Bugatti Type 35.”
Bugatti was founded in Molsheim, France, as a manufacturer of high performance automobiles by Ettore Bugatti. The company is legendary for producing some of the world’s most exclusive cars — and some of the fastest. Louis Chiron held the most podiums for Bugatti but the final racing success at Le Mans is most remembered. Jean-Pierre Wimille and Pierre Veyron won the 1939 race with one car and meager resources.
“I am looking forward to recreating and repeating the 2003 Grand Prix where we had 44 Bugattis on the grid,” said Mike Cleary, of the American Bugatti Club. “Participant entry forms are still coming in so I would love to see 50 Bugattis winding their way down the Corkscrew.”
Only a few of each of Ettore Bugatti’s vehicles were produced, the most famous the Type 35 Grand Prix cars, the Royale, the Type 57 Atlantic and the Type 55 sports car.
The International Bugatti Rally will start in Monterey on August 16, progress to San Francisco, travel south along the California coast through Big Sur and traverse historic route 1 to the finish in Oxnard on August 22 at the Mullin Automotive Museum.
Deadline to submit participant entry forms for both the Monterey Pre-Historics and Monterey Historic Automobile Races is January 31, 2010. Entry forms for both races are available online at www.mazdaraceway.com.
The Monterey Pre-Historics (August 7-8) and Historics (August 12-15) are part of the nearly two-week Monterey Auto Week, with events that include Concours on the Avenue in Carmel, The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering in Carmel Valley and Concours d’Elegance in Pebble Beach.
For additional Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca information, visit the web site: www.mazdaraceway.com or telephone: (800) 327-7322.
Article Last Updated: December 23, 2009.
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