’DRIVER’ FOR BU­GATTI ... NOT A BAD JOB

The Advertiser - Motoring - - PRESTIGE FIRST DRIVE -

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’.”

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