1924 Lyons Grand Prix Type 35 Bugatti will be at Bournemouth Wheels Festival

Article by Andrew Christian, on May 11, 2014

The iconic 1924 Lyons Grand Prix Type 35 Bugatti will have demonstration run at the new Bournemouth Wheels Festival slated on May 24-26, 2014. Thanks to efforts of Bournemouth Tourism and The National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, Type 35 Bugatti will be seen at the inaugural Wheels Festival.

The Type 35 Bugatti was considered as a groundbreaking racing car of its time, winning countless races between 1924 and 1930, on its way to become one of the most successful 8-cylinder in-line engine racing cars of all time.

Jon Weaver, Bournemouth Wheels Festival Director, remarked that having the Type 35 Bugatti at the first Wheels Festival is “an amazing coup” and should attract a number of visitors in the event. He said that the Type 35 Bugatti joins other pre-war cars, F1 cars, Le Mans cars, supercars and Moto GP bikes on the Demonstration Straight.

The National Motor Museum, Beaulieu will likewise bring two more pre-war cars to the Wheels Festival – the 1935 Auburn 851 and the 1939 Rolls-Royce Alpine Eagle.

The National Motor Museum will be holding a daily People’s Choice contest from its marquee on the seafront close to Boscombe Beach (Undercliff Drive), in which Festival-goers could vote for their favorite vintage or pre-war car.

For casting their vote, festival-goers will get a Wheels Festival- exclusive discounted entry to the motor museum. The winning car owner will be given the chance to drive down the Demonstration Straight in one of the exhibited cars as well as receive a trophy for the Beaulieu People’s Choice Award.

Nik Wyness, Senior Marketing Manager at The National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, said: “Being home to one of the finest collections of historic automobiles in the world, it is appropriate for Beaulieu to support the inaugural Wheels Festival and the People’s Choice award.  We hope the festival will fire new interest in motoring heritage among  visitors; allowing them to appreciate the dedication of classic car owners and the work of the National Motor Museum in the conservation, preservation and display of historic machines.” [source: Bournemouth Wheels Festival]

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