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Bugatti Type 57 Grand Prix - A Celebration

Bugatti Type 57 Grand Prix - A Celebration

By Neil Max Tomlinson
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24.8x24.8cm • 176 pages • 153 pictures • ISBN: 978-1-845847-89-0 • UPC: 6-36847-04789-4

ISBN: 978-1-845847-89-0

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• A seminal work on this subject
• Challenges conventional beliefs
• Proposes a currently undefined history
• Details the Type 57G engine and chassis evolution
• Describes bodywork development
• Contains previously unpublished drawings
• New, previously unseen photographs included
• Clarifies prototyping practice
• Explores rumours and myths
• Illustrates historic and contemporary miniatures


A comprehensive, radical look at the history and development of the Type 57 Grand Prix Bugattis. New material challenges traditional beliefs about these historic cars, and rejects some long-standing conventions. Here, myths are explored and truths are revealed in a book celebrating all aspects of these remarkable cars and their creators.


This work examines the Type 57 Grand Prix cars, the creation of Jean Bugatti, Ettore’s eldest son. The late Hugh G Conway wrote in Bugatti – Le pur sang des automobiles, that, after 1935, ‘Bugatti’s racing programme became involved and very confusing to the humble historian, without accurate factory records.’ The T57G’s story is complex and has taken more than forty years to draw together, study and evaluate. Revealing new material, Tomlinson takes the view that existing records can be reinterpreted with a revised mindset, challenging conformist beliefs and dismissing many conventions. The book describes the 57G’s racing career and evolution through its siblings, the Types 57, 57S and 59. Type 57G characteristics are identified, with race-to-race body and chassis details described, and the Type 57G, 57S45, 57 ‘Sport’ and 57C Le Mans cars are defined, and their enigmatic history revised.
This book celebrates the Bugatti T57 Grand Prix racing cars: their origins, triumphs, failings, trivia, trinkets, and a little about the personalities behind them, interwoven with the social and political influences of those times.

Independent Reviews

Informative and readable as well as exceptionally well illustrated ... a 'must buy.'
Pur Sang

This is a beautifully produced and scholarly hardback book with 176 well­ illustrated pages. It is simply a must for serious lovers of the Bugatti marque.
Big End / All Torque

If you are a Bugatti lover this book is definitely for your library, and I'm sure those readers will spend many a happy hour devouring the content.
Vintage Racecar/Vintage Roadcar

It certainly does impress ... Well worth a thorough read.
The Bugatti Review

For the semi-expert, it will provide many hours of bliss. We recommend it.
Retro Speed

Superb, a must!
Oldtimer Magazine / Dreamcar Magazine

IT’S HARD TO FIND enough adjectival phrases to do justice to this superb work by Tomlinson.

Provides a comprehensive and, indeed, radical look at these iconic and historic racing cars ... An absolutely essential book — recommended for both Bugatti and historic motor-sport enthusiasts.
New Zealand Classic Car

A serious exploration by a member of the Bugatti Trust into the competition variants of Ettore's, or perhaps more properly Jean's, great Type 57 sporting machine ... Alongside the engineer author's very evident deep research are photos of his own impressive collection of Bugatti models.
Motor Sport

Impressive ... buy the book yourself and you will be as fascinated as I was ... [I] was entranced and could not stop reading.
Motor Cycling Club (MCC)

The story is intriguing ... well written and illustrated.
Classic Car Weekly

A well illustrated read.
Auto Express

An incredible wealth of detail.
Austro Classic

Additional Information

This book details the Bugatti Type 57 Grand Prix sports racing cars – essentially the most reliable and fastest competitors of their time.

A seminal work, bringing together practically all the data known about the Type 57 Grand Prix sports racing cars.

Includes many previously unpublished factory drawings and photographs, and describes all the detailed body and chassis changes from prototype, and from race to race. With new and previously unpublished information, it provides a convincing final argument that there were originally four T57G 'Tanks' built, the prototype being written off following a crash at Montlhery. It provides the latest information about the enigmatic Type 57S45 ‘Tanks,’ and the most up-to-date information about the 1939 Type 57C Le Mans winning car. It challenges conventional Bugatti history by showing that the 'King Leopold car,’ 57248, is a Type 57G, not a Type 59, and it discusses the evolution sequence and developmentof the Type 57 Grand Prix cars from 1934 to 1939. Also disscussed are the myths and rumours surrounding the cars, with convincing for and against accounts. It discusses the final months leading to Jean Bugatti's fatal accident, Ettore's plan to re-locate the factory to Belgium, and dismisses the notion that Jean committed suicide. The book illustrates many of the toys and miniatures of the T57G made by manufaturers to celebrate the cars from 1937 to date. It discusses race results, analyses, and political events.

Covers the Bugatti Type 57 Grand Raid - 1934-37, Bugatti Type 57 Grand Prix 'Tank' - 1935-36, Bugatti Type 57G Le Mans 'Tank' - 1937, Bugatti Type 57S45 'Tank' - 1937, Bugatti Type 57S - 1935-39, Bugatti Grand Prix Type 59 - 1933-38, and Bugatti Type 57C Le Mans 'Tank' - 1939.


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