NEW ZEALAND CLAS­SIC CAR AU­TO­MO­BILIA Col­lectible Mod­els / Life­style / Book and DVD Re­views – Edited by James Black Book re­views Bu­gatti Type 57 Grand Prix: A Cel­e­bra­tion (Ve­loce) F

Neil Max Tom­lin­son ISBN 978 1 845847 89 0 Avail­able from Oc­tane Books, Auck­land Re­view by James Black

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ol­low­ing our short piece in last month’s is­sue re­gard­ing the ‘ barn­find’ Bu­gatti Type 57, this new book draws to­gether all the cur­rent knowl­edge and in­for­ma­tion avail­able on the Type 57 Grand Prix ‘ Tank’ cars. Cre­ated by Ettore Bu­gatti’s son, Jean, th­ese stream­lined race cars proved to be very suc­cess­ful on the track — Roger Labric’s 57G won the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 1937, with Jean-pierre Wimille re­peat­ing that vic­tory in a 57S in 1939.

Gath­er­ing to­gether much pre­vi­ously un­pub­lished ma­te­rial — in­clud­ing Bu­gatti fac­tory draw­ings — along with all the facts re­lat­ing to the com­plex his­tory of the cars, has al­lowed the au­thor to pro­vide a very clear look at th­ese fa­mous rac­ing ve­hi­cles. It also let him re-eval­u­ate some of the more tra­di­tional be­liefs re­gard­ing th­ese mod­els and, along the way, to ex­plode a few myths and chal­lenge some of the long-held ru­mours about them. For in­stance, the new in­for­ma­tion un­cov­ered by Tom­lin­son — a long-time mem­ber of the Bu­gatti Trust — now pro­vides a con­vinc­ing case that the fac­tory orig­i­nally built four Type 57Gs rather than the three cars pre­vi­ously thought to have been pro­duced.

Com­plete with the his­tory of each car, the en­gines, chas­sis evo­lu­tion, and race re­sults, this book pro­vides a com­pre­hen­sive and, in­deed, rad­i­cal look at th­ese iconic and his­toric rac­ing cars. The au­thor even in­cludes a sec­tion il­lus­trat­ing the many toys and mod­els of the Type 57G that have been pro­duced over the last 70-odd years.

An ab­so­lutely es­sen­tial book — rec­om­mended for both Bu­gatti and his­toric mo­tor-sport en­thu­si­asts.

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