Bugatti Type 50 - The autobiography of Bugatti's first Le Mans car (Limited Edition)
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The thirteenth book in the highly regarded 'Great Cars' series tells the story of the Bugatti Type 50 and one of the chassis in particular - chassis 50177. This car led the famous Le Mans endurance race on its opening season in 1931, until its sister car crashed heavily at high speed and it was withdrawn for safety reasons. This is just one of the many fascinating tales included in the book.
Thrilling race reports of all four Le Mans races in which Type 50s took part tell a story of promise, unfulfilled, while driver biographies, illustrated with fine period photography, reveal both the glamour and the danger of life in the fast lane in the 1930s. The book documents 50177's post-war journey across the Atlantic with Le Mans hero Luigi Chinetti and reveals how it came into the hands of passionate collector, Miles Coverdale, who uncovered much of its curious and captivating history.
Limited to only 100 copies and signed by the authors, Mark Morris and Julius Kruta.
Mark Morris works as an independent Bugatti researcher and consultant and he is Honorary Registrar of the Bugatti Owners’ Club. His Bugatti enthusiasm was kindled by a family friend who competed pre-war with Grand Prix examples of the marque, Types 37 and 35C, and his knowledge of motoring literature was nurtured by the late Peter Richley, who amassed an unrivalled motoring library. He lives with his wife and two children in the Midlands, UK.
Julius Kruta is a freelance historian and automotive adviser. He became infected with the Bugatti virus at Prescott in England in the early 1980s and in 1994 he started a company specialising in hand-built Bugatti models. After graduating in 2000 with a thesis about Bugatti, he began his career at Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S in marketing and in 2003 became ‘Head of Tradition’, a position he held until summer 2018. He is the author or co-author of five books on the marque and has been a regular Concours d’Elegance judge at Pebble Beach in America and the most important events in Europe. He lives with his wife and two children in Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
Title InformationAuthor: Mark Morris and Julius Kruta
Publication: February 2019
Specifications: 235mm x 285mm hardback, page extent 320pp. Bound in black leather. Grey cloth slipcase.
Illustrations: Over 400 photographs
Publisher: Porter Press International
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