Replica Bu­gatti 100P de­stroyed

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A replica of Et­tore Bu­gatti’s 100P racer crashed on 6 Au­gust, killing builder Scotty Wil­son. Named Blue Dream, it was pow­ered by two Suzuki Hyabusa en­gines and made its first flight on 19 Au­gust 2015, but was dam­aged on land­ing when a brake failed and it tipped over. It flew again two months later, and was mak­ing its third flight from Clin­ton-sher­man Air­port at Burns Flat, Ok­la­homa, when the fatal ac­ci­dent oc­curred shortly af­ter take­off. The all-wood air­craft was to­tally de­stroyed in the post-crash fire.

De­signed by Louis de Monge, the orig­i­nal 100P was built for the 1939 Coupe Deutsch de la Meur­the race, but wasn’t com­pleted in time to com­pete and never flew. Et­tore Bu­gatti dis­man­tled it when Ger­man forces in­vaded France in 1940 and se­creted it on his es­tate. Post-war, a car col­lec­tor bought it to in­stall its en­gines in cars and years later its re­mains were ac­quired by the Ex­per­i­men­tal Air­craft As­so­ci­a­tion and re­stored, with­out en­gines, for dis­play in its mu­seum at Oshkosh.

Video image shows ill-fated Bu­gatti 100P replica on its first flight last year: care­fully ‘re­verse-en­gi­neered’ from photos and in­spec­tion of the orig­i­nal, it used mod­ern rac­ing en­gines in place of Bu­gatti T50 ‘straight eights’

Replica Bu­gatti T57 Aerolithe car along­side the orig­i­nal 100P at Oskosh

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