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Vintage Bugatti

I'm not a massive car fan and I don't really understand them, how they work or generally what all the fuss is about. One thing I do like about automobiles is the pretty, quirky, vintage kind. Vintage cars are so much more interesting than the typical silver hatchbacks everyone (including me) drives today and here's a little story about a very cute little Bugatti...

Back in 1950 an engineer called Jack Perkins found a 1924 type 35 Bugatti racing car at a Nottinghamshire aerodrome, he bought it for £60, took it home, restored it and brought it out of retirement to race once more. The pretty little car had raced at Indianapolis 500 in 1936 and the American National Championship races in 1938 and Jack continued to race the single-seater until June 1988 when he was the ripe old age of 78. Jack passed away in 1992 and the car went to stay at the Haynes Motor Museum in Somerset for nearly 10 years before Jack's widow took it to Goodwood Festival of Speed in July this year and sold the little car that could for £430,000, whoop! That's one tidy profit for a £60 old banger.