Replica Bugatti 100P destroyed
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