’DRIVER’ FOR BUGATTI ... NOT A BAD JOB
BEING the chaperone to squillionaires wanting to buy a new Bugatti, dining them in a chateau before a blast around the countryside in a multimillion-dollar supercar ... it’s not bad as dream jobs go.
For the unassuming 1988 LeMans champion, Briton Andy Wallace, it’s all just another day in the office.
He doesn’t like to boast but he’s raced a Silk Cut Jaguar at over 400km/h on the Mulsanne straight in rain in the dead of night. He was the F1 test driver for March and Leyton House in the ’90s. Among his trophies are the British F3 championship and the Macau GP.
For the past six years he has had the plum role of “driver” for Bugatti.
“I’m a car nut and the Chiron is absolutely out of this world,” he says. “To drive it often and meet interesting people, it’s the best job in the world.
“But it comes with a lot of responsibility as I spend my days sitting in a two-and-a-half-million euro car.
“Most days it involves a potential customer visiting the Bugatti Chateau in Molsheim, France. They arrive by helicopter or are chauffeured through the historic gates in a Bentley Mulsanne before doing a tour of the chateau and the assembly line to get a flavour of Bugatti. Then I take them for a test drive around the roads for over an hour. It’s fantastic scenery around there before we settle for a nice lunch.”
He appreciates being able to put to good use the racing nous gained over several decades.
“The Chiron is my daily driver at Molsheim. It’s such a massive step up from the Veyron. When the Chiron’s not been available, I’ve been driving the Veyron around town ... you get comfortable with the Veyron and it’s still a brilliant car to drive.
“Next day I get my Chiron back and I think, ‘Oh man, this is fantastic, it’s way better’.”