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1934 Type 59 GP Bugatti (Gareth Tarr).


by the time it came out the opposition included the all-conquering Mercedes and Auto Union teams. Thus at the season’s end four of the Type 59s were sold to British drivers, 59121 being allocated to Charlie Martin. Martin was eager to get his hands on the car so his friend Richard Shuttleworth flew him to Molsheim and Martin drove the car back to London! Imagine buying last year’s Sebastian Vettel Ferrari and saying, “Don’t worry about delivery, I’ll collect it myself”. Martin had mixed fortunes with the car that season, although co-driving with Charles Brackenbury he finished third in the Donington GP on 5th October and then second in the First Mountain Handicap at Brooklands. In its final race of the season it set a remarkable lap of the Mountain Circuit at 79.47mph, and was awarded a Brooklands Certificate for this performance. Martin recalled, “She was magnificent to handle and a joy to drive when running”. It was subsequently owned by the Duke of Grafton and


Arthur Brown, and later George Abecassis. It is currently presented in the colours used for that 1935 International Trophy race as indicated by the tip of its tail being painted light blue to distinguish it from similar cars in the race. The Huni stand also featured a 1924 Vauxhall


30/98 with desirable factory Wensum body (inspired by the Vauxhall factory manager’s boat). Several 30/98s were raced at Brooklands. Mention should also be made of the splendid assembly of around 10 250 SWB Ferraris on the same stand, one of the highlights of Retromobile 43. The National Motor Museum, Beaulieu always


has a stand at Retromobile and this year chose to display the 4½-litre ‘Blower’ Bentley in its collec- tion – registration GY 3905. Sadly the show organisers got a bit carried away with their publicity, suggesting that Blower Bentleys won Le Mans in the 1920s and 30s which is incorrect. The only supercharged Bentley to have won at La Sarthe was in 2003 and that was really an Audi


The National Motor


Museum’s 4½-litre Blower Bentley (Gareth Tarr).


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