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In July 1939 Jean Bugatti accepted the invitation to compete at the first Bugatti Owners’ Club International Prescott Hillclimb and brought the monoposto Type 59 fitted with 8-cylinder supercharged 4.7-litre type 50B engine for his works driver Jean-Pierre Wimille. The car came second in the event behind the ERA of Raymond Mays. Except for its single post-war outing in 1945 in the hands of Wimille at the Coupe des Prisonniers in the Bois de Boulogne in Paris, the 59/50B was not to be driven again and like so many Bugattis, ended up in the Schlumpf collection, which has now become the French National motor museum - Cité de l’Automobile in Mulhouse. This summer the car will return to Prescott after 80 years as part of the Bugatti Trust’s summer exhibition, just as the Bugatti Owners Club that owns Prescott celebrates its 90th anniversary this year with a special anniversary edition of the famous hillclimb on 25-26 May
VNUK is an EU insurance issue that has been looming over the future, some would say the very existence, of motor sport since 2014. You may have even signed a petition on the subject, as many have been circulated. It is a European Court judgement that would require all vehicles, including all motorsport vehicles to have compulsory third party motor insurance. European ASNs, including Motorsport UK, and the FIA have since been lobbying at the highest levels to have motorsport excluded from the ruling. On 13th February, the MEPs voted to adopt amendments, supported by the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA), excluding motorsport from compulsory motor insurance as proposed in the new EU Motor Insurance Directive (MID).
Some of the world’s rarest and most historically significant Jaguar cars are to be offered for sale by Pendine Historic Cars, the UK-based specialists in historic cars for road and track. Dr Christian Jenny fell in love with the marque in the early 1970s, and since then has been dedicated to building a collection of Jaguars that spans the most definitive period of the company’s development. The collection was the subject of a hardback book titled ‘The Jaguar Sports Car Collection; A Personal Endeavour’, which tells the story of each individual car, published in 2014. Located in Switzerland, among the cars is the first ever Jaguar sports car prototype, the very first E-Type to be seen in public and the famous ‘lost C-Type’. “This is without a doubt one of the most impressive and important collections of Jaguars in the world,” commented James Mitchell, founder of Pendine Historic Cars. “Each car in the collection represents a key milestone in the marque’s early history.”