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Bugatti Blue (Hardback)

Prescott and the Spirit of Bugatti

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By Lance Cole
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Pages: 192
Illustrations: 200
ISBN: 9781526734754
Published: 10th January 2019


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The British have had an affair with Bugatti for decades and perhaps Prescott Hill-Climb in Gloucestershire is the place where that relationship has reached its highlights across the decades. This collection of photographic images captures the brilliance of Bugatti design amid Bugatti blue at Prescott's wonderful natural amphitheatre in the Cotswolds – to which visitors, Bugatti owners, enthusiasts and addicts have travelled from all over the world to gather and to race up the hill.

The author has spent years around old cars, often visiting Prescott and its home to the Bugatti Owners Club – which itself celebrates the 80th anniversary of its base at Prescott in 2018 and, the Club’s own 90th anniversary in 2019.

In this collection of over 200 photographs, much of the masterworks of Molsheim are captured in action and at rest, at the altar of British Bugatti enthusiasm. Herein are wonderful moments and memories of old Bugatti cars, their owners and drivers, and other vintage and classic cars in VS-CC action at this revered location.

This new collection of stunning images, allied to a concise narrative (with assistance from Bugatti experts), should provide the classic car enthusiast with something new to accompany their own memories amid a record of Prescott and the Bugatti Owners Club events and Veteran Sports-Car Club days.

This book very interesting by the quality and diversity of these many photos is primarily dedicated to the pleasure of the eyes and not to learn about Bugatti models or its history. It is dedicated to the Bugatti Owners Club and its Prescott headquarters steeped in history.

The author Lance Cole offers text, which remains concise, supported by Bugatti experts.

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4 Legend

'Prescott Hill Climb has hosted the Bugatti Owners Club since 1938 and this special relationship between the cars and the Gloucestershire hill climb course is examined and paid tribute to in this quality hardback presentation. The book features excellent photographs mostly taken by Lance Cole, that shows cars in action and in the paddock, plus drivers, passengers, admirers and lots of those special details that define cars.'

Reviewed by David Brown for

Classic Car Weekly, May 2019

As featured by

Austro Classic, 3/2019

Lance Cole’s book about probably the most famous racing car of all time is packed with brilliant photographs and an unmissable history of the beautiful machine. Modern cars pale into insignificance…

Books Monthly

A file of photographs of extraordinary beauty.

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Miniaturas JM

As featured by

Antiques Diary, May – June 2019

Good for lovers of classic cars in action. You can almost hear those exhausts….

York Model Engineers

Author Lance Cole is obviously a huge fan of the different types of Bugatti and his enthusiasm spills over into every page of this praiseworthy volume the effectively encompasses the special relationship between machine and location.

Best of British, April 2019 – reviewed by David Brown

This new collection of stunning images, allied to a concise narrative (with assistance from Bugatti experts), should provide the classic car enthusiast with something new to accompany their own memories amid a record of Prescott and the Bugatti Owners Club events and Veteran Sports-Car Club days.

This would make a great gift idea for any Bugatti or classic car fan. It’s a big thumbs up for me, and makes me want a Bugatti (one day maybe) all the more.

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My Car Heaven

As featured by

Octane, April 2019

Set in the tranquil Cotswoldd countryside, Prescott Hill Climb has become the home of Bugatti in Britain. In this book, author Lance Cole has captured the spirit and beauty of the cars and location combined.

Practical Classics magazine

Beautifully presented.

Classic Cars, 1st March 2019

As a classic enthusiast, it’s difficult to find any dislikes. The book is clear, concise and accurate, with a strict emphasis on delivering a great photographic experience to the reader, accompanied by an essential but less intrusive narrative.

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Classic Car Curation

This book will surely put Prescott, especially the “jewel in the crown” event each August, on your bucket list.

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Speed Readers

About Lance Cole

Lance Cole is a journalist and the author of over a dozen books. He has written features and news items for many of the major automotive titles. He has been a columnist with the Daily Telegraph, The Independent and the South China Post. His books include Bugatti Blue, Vickers VC10, Secrets of the Spitfire, Saab Cars, and The Classic Car Adventure. Lance has worked in car design and he has restored several classic cars. He has off-road and 4x4 driving experience in Jeeps and Land Rovers in Africa and Australia.

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