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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
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.

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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About Lance Cole

Lance Cole (48) has been a journalist and author for over 25 years. He was the 1983 Sir William Lyons Scholar and has written features and news items for all the major automotive and aviation titles. Syndicated worldwide, he has also been a columnist with The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, The South China Post, and numerous imprints. He is a regular broadcaster – including with BBC Radio 4. He is the author of 8 books - notably Vickers VC10 with a Foreword by Brian Trubshaw, and Heavies – voted by Alan de Botton as one of his favourite books. Lance is well known for his regular opinions in Flight International magazine. He is a glider pilot and trained designer.

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