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Bugattists celebrate milestones at Mototclassica

Australia’s Bugatti owners and enthusiasts will mark 50 years of their Club with an unprecedented display of the classic French cars worth more than $15 million, at this year’s Motorclassica.

To be held in the hallowed halls of Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building from October 23-25, Motorclassica is Australia’s premier classic, collectable and exotic car and motorcycle event.

For the sixth annual exhibition, Motorclassica will feature a special themed display from the Bugatti Club of Australia, highlighting the marque’s history here with 15 significant and important cars on show.

No fewer than seven Bugatti Grand Prix machines will sit in a racing-themed display, joined by a rare Type 43 ex-Hope Bartlett and Bill Thompson racer that has not been seen in public for 40 years.

There’s also a Bugatti Type 37 in ‘Barn Find’ as-found condition, and even a Holden-engined Bugatti that was converted in the 1950s.

Highlight of the Bugatti display will be the art-deco styled Type 57C Atalante, its stunning lines sure to make it a contender for the most popular car of the show.

“Bugatti’s place in the history of the automobile is unquestioned and its cars are among the rarest and most desirable on the planet,” Motorclassica Event Director Paul Mathers said.

“It’s great to have such a strong collection of cars at Motorclassica and to be able to share the Australian Bugatti Club’s 50 year celebration in a way everyone can enjoy.

“The Club has even sourced a replica of the very rare Type 52, the child’s toy that is a scaled-down version of a full sized car, produced by Bugatti in very limited numbers and are highly sought-after today.”

Along with the Bugatti Club celebration, Motorclassica this year will highlight five decades of the ‘Supercar’ with a stunning line-up of the world’s ultimate road cars.

“To celebrate everything that is special about these amazing machines, we’ve assembled a truly fabulous collection of the fastest and rarest, it’s a line-up the likes of which Australia have never seen before – or possibly will again,” Paul Mathers enthused.

Motorclassica is not just about classic and collectable cars and motorcycles, it’s a celebration of the motoring lifestyle, with vendors also offering automotive books, art, memorabilia, clothing, parts and specialised restoration services.

Australia’s prestige car brands have joined the party too, with the likes of Ferrari, Porsche, Mercedes Benz, BMW, Jaguar, Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Citroen, Lotus, Morgan, MINI and Caterham displaying celebrating their history with displays that mix the contemporary with heritage models.

Another feature of Motorclassica 2015 will be the annual Australian International Concours d’Elegance, a multi-tiered competition that recognises the best of the best cars and motorcycles in different categories.

A Motorclassica Concours d’Elegance trophy is highly sought-after in the collector car and motorcycle world.

The wheels at Motorclassica 2015 will begin turning, as usual, with Tour Classica.

It’s an event within and event that will see select Motorclassica exhibits drive in convoy through the streets of Melbourne’s CBD on Thursday morning (22 October), prior to taking up residence at the Royal Exhibition Building.

Also on the Motorclassica program will be the annual Collector Car & Memorabilia Auction, conducted by Theodore Bruce, which is expected to feature over 100 lots of automotive ephemera and around 30 classic cars and motorcycles.

Additional information on the 2015 Motorclassica, to be held at Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building from October 23-25, is available on www.motorclassica.com.au.

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