Welcome to The Bugatti Trust

The Bugatti Trust is normally open
Monday to Thursday between 10 am and 4 pm
except on Tuesday when we open at 10.30 due to staff training.
Please telephone 01242 677 201 before visiting.
The last admission to the museum is at 3.30pm.
The Bugatti Trust will be closed on the following dates due to pre-booked private engagements/visits/essential site maintenance & public holidays

Thursday 4th July

Monday 8th July

Friday 19th July

Wednesday 7th August

Friday 30th September

We apologise for any inconvenience and look forward
to welcoming visitors on alternative days.

Celebrating 100 years of the Grand Prix Bugatti
Lyon, August 3rd, 1924
A special exhibition at The Bugatti Trust Museum and Study Centre

Part of the Grands Prix de l’A.C.F., the Grand Prix d’Europe, Lyon. 3 August 1924. Car line up: No. 7: Jean Chassagne, No. 13: Ernest Friderich, No. 18: Pierre de Vizcaya, No. 21: Leonica Garnier, No. 22: Meo Costantini.

Car No. 18 Pierre de Vizcaya

Car No. 13 : Ernest Friderich

All images from The Bugatti Trust Archive

Exhibition now open: The Bugatti Trust Museum and Study Centre, Prescott, England, is delighted to announce that its 2024 exhibition is dedicated to the celebration of the centenary of the birth of the Grand Prix Bugatti. The exhibition focuses on the Bugatti Type 35 as first presented by Ettore Bugatti to the international motoring community in August 1924 for the Grands Prix de l’Automobile Club de France weekend held in Lyon, France. The star of the exhibition is one of the surviving Type 35 Bugattis from the Grand Prix d’Europe race held on August 3rd one hundred years ago. On loan from The National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, this very special Bugatti was raced by Ernest Friderich as car number 13 at the time and further history is presented for the exhibition. It is on display to the public at the Trust until October 2024 with additional exhibits and curated educational material to document this extraordinary moment in motoring history.

From The Bugatti Trust archive, the exhibition includes the earliest original sketch as drawn by Ettore Bugatti himself when he wrote to racing drivers Vincenc “Čeněk” Junek and his wife Elizabeth Junek presenting his concept of the Type 35 racing Bugatti. Gifted by Elizabeth Junek to The Bugatti Trust founder Hugh G. Conway in 1968, it is the most important document of the ‘origin story’ of this famous model. The archive also includes what is believed to be the first blueprint for the Bugatti Type 35 carrosserie and some original film footage from the actual Lyon race which will be screened at the Trust.

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Historic Motoring AwardsBy joining the Bugatti Trust you help:

  • Preserve the heritage of the original Bugatti marque and the technical and historic archives of the factory.
  • Provide an accessible working archive to the Bugatti community and enthusiasts around the world.
  • Preserve the heritage of the artists in the Bugatti family including Rembrandt, Carlo and Lydia.
  • Support an active educational STEM outreach pro-
    gramme working with schools, colleges and universities throughout the UK and inspire the next generation of engineers and designers. Initiatives supported include FS Formula Student, F1 in Schools, Formula SAE, VEX Robotics, DofE and bespoke collaborative projects..

For 2024, a special Bugatti Type 35 and Lyon Centenary exhibition opening in May, new talks, new videos and digital developments.

On display until Spring 2024:
The historic Bugatti Type 15 on loan from The National Motor Museum, Beaulieu. Ex Peter
Hampton, it is the oldest Bugatti in the UK.

This particular Type 50 celebrating its Le Mans racing history in the 2023 centenary year was amongst the Bugattis at our special celebration day of talks and lectures enjoyed by ca. 100
members and friends to mark 35 years of The Bugatti Trust.

L. to r.: Past Chaiman Hugh Conway, Trustee, Richard Day, Dan Cross McLaren Applied, Chairman Allan Rippon and Trustee Sir John Venables-Llewelyn.

Founded over 30 years ago, the Bugatti Trust is a UK registered charity home to 27,000 technical drawings, over 10,000 historic photographs and thousands of historic documents.

The Bugatti Trust is an independent Charitable Trust whose objectives are to preserve and make available for study the works of Ettore Bugatti..

The Bugatti Trust was formed in 1987 by the late Hugh Conway supported by a small group of Bugatti enthusiasts.

Hugh Conway was an acknowledged expert on Bugatti history and well known internationally through his books, other writings and personal contacts. His remarkable collection of period photographs, technical drawings, letters and articles form the basis of the Bugatti Trust archive which we continue to expand and develop.

Access to our archive was significantly enhanced in 1990 through the opening of our Prescott Visitor Centre by HRH the Duke of Edinburgh. Since then we have been able to put on display many examples of Ettore Bugatti’s work.

Our aim is to promote the works of Ettore Bugatti and to raise awareness of the importance of aesthetics and integrated design in engineering by his example.

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