ONE of the most beautiful racing cars of all time, the iconic 1924 Lyons Grand Prix Type 35 Bugatti, is set to create a fantastic fanfare at the new Bournemouth Wheels Festival (May 24-26) as it drives the demonstration course.
Bournemouth Tourism has teamed up with the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, to bring this rare piece of motoring history to the inaugural Wheels Festival, billed as the UK’s biggest free wheels-themed family festival.
The Type 35 Bugatti was the groundbreaking, superior racing car of its era, which achieved countless victories in the years 1924 to 1930 to make it one of the most successful 8-cylinder in-line engine racing cars of all time.
Jon Weaver, Bournemouth Wheels Festival Director, said: “To have such an iconic vehicle at the first Wheels Festival is an amazing coup and I’m sure this racing car alone will be a big draw for festival-goers.
“It is brilliant to have The National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, supporting the event and we can’t wait to see the Bugatti join other pre-war cars, F1 cars, Le Mans cars, supercars and Moto GP bikes on the exciting demonstration straight.”
The National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, will also bring two additional pre-war cars to the Festival, which can be seen in a marquee on the seafront close to Boscombe Beach (Undercliff Drive) during the three-day event. These are the luxurious 1935 Auburn 851 and 1939 Rolls-Royce Alpine Eagle, a sporting version of the Silver Ghost, which was named because the Rolls-Royce team swept the board in the 1913 Austrian Alpine Trials.
The National Motor Museum will also be running a daily People’s Choice competition from its marquee on the seafront in which festival-goers are encouraged to vote for their favourite vintage or pre-war car.
The Demonstration Straight will be the first time a UK coastal destination has created a specially made course. This event highlight will see groups of cars tear along the circuit in two three-hour demonstration shows from 11am-6pm Saturday and Sunday and 11am-5pm on Monday. Plus, there will be a supercar and pre-war vintage cavalcades.
Other prestigious cars joining the Type 35 Bugatti on the circuit include: Michael Schumacher’s 1992 Bennetton; 1989 Camel Lotus 101; 1984 Toleman once driven by Ayrton Senna; Ferrari Daytona Competition raced by Maranello Concessionaires in the 1970s; Ferrari TRC 500; Ford GT40 raced by Jochen Rindt and Lotus Formula One driver Innes Ireland; 2001 Orange Arrows A22 driven by Jos Verstappen; 1987 Arrows A10 Megatron Turbo driven by former British racing driver Derek Warwick.
As well as all of this, the 1920s Bournemouth Pavilion will hosta pre-war and vintage car display celebrating the early years of motoring, featuring more than 100 exceptional cars such as Bentley, Talbot, MG, Alvis, Riley, Frazer Nash and many more.
For more information visit bournemouthwheels.co.uk