Na­tional Pride on Wheels

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CMC Bu­gatti T35 Na­tion Color Project

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As Grand Prix and en­durance rac­ing blos­somed in the early years of the 20th cen­tury, the con­ven­tion of hav­ing each team carry the col­ors of its host coun­try be­came en­shrined as tra­di­tion. For some teams, that tra­di­tion per­sists to this day. Fer­rari is syn­ony­mous with the fiery red of Italy. And Bri­tish Rac­ing Green has be­come so en­trenched that it has be­come the ac­tual name the color.

Bu­gatti was orig­i­nally France’s most pres­ti­gious rac­ing mar­que; in the 1920s, the Type 35 was the rac­ing car to own, no mat­ter what coun­try you hailed from, be­ing nearly un­beat­able on the in­ter­na­tional stage in the late ’20s, win­ning the pres­ti­gious Targa Flo­rio five con­sec­u­tive years, from 1925 to 1929, and the very first race at Le Mans in 1929. The in­ter­na­tional ap­peal of the Type 35 gave CMC an idea: Why not pro­duce a se­ries of T35s painted in the pe­riod-cor­rect na­tional col­ors for each na­tion? That’s ex­actly what it has done. We re­viewed the Bri­tish Rac­ing Green car that won Le Mans in 1929 sev­eral years ago, and now it has been joined by more than a dozen other T35s rep­re­sent­ing na­tions from around the globe with rich rac­ing tra­di­tions. Of course, there’s France’s blue, but there’s also Ger­man white (that was changed to sil­ver in the 1930s, but at the time of the T35, white is cor­rect). There’s yel­low and blue for Swe­den, blue and white for Ar­gentina, red and yel­low for Spain, and more than a dozen oth­ers. It’s a phe­nom­e­nal model and an am­bi­tious project for CMC. Check out its web­site to see all the na­tion/color com­bos avail­able.

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