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Historic Motoring AwardsLooking forward to the
UK Museum Sector Reopening on
May 17th, 2021 and
Celebrating
The Bugatti Brescia Centenary

WE ARE RE-OPENING ON 17TH MAY 2021! THE BUGATTI TRUST LOOKS FORWARD TO WELCOMING VISITORS. PRE-BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL BY EITHER TELEPHONING 01242 677201 OR EMAILING INFO@BUGATTI-TRUST.CO.UK.

THE MAXIMUM NUMBER WILL BE 6 PERSONS PER VISIT. FOR YOUR ENJOYMENT THE EXHIBITION AREA WILL BE OPENED EXCLUSIVELY FOR YOU. OPENING TIMES ARE MONDAY TO FRIDAY 10.00 A.M. UNTIL 4.00 P.M..


May 2021 The Bugatti Trust Museum and Study Centre reopens its doors with a brand-new exhibition

The Brescia Bugatti – A Special Centenary

Ernst Friderich at Brescia in the race winning Bugatti Type 13 100 years ago. Grand Prix des voiturettes. 8 September 1921. (249 miles). Car 13.

The Bugatti Trust is delighted to reopen its doors to the public following the latest government announcement for the museum sector with a brand-new exhibition celebrating the centenary of the famous ‘Gran Premio d’Italia Vetturette’ race at Brescia, Northern Italy, held September 8th, 1921.

Bugatti secured the top 4 places in this race with a 4-cylinder 16 valve model and, thereafter, including its longer wheelbase touring derivatives, it became known as ‘The Brescia’ Bugatti. It was one of Ettore’s most successful models and in the years to 1926 over 2000 were made. The 16 valve Brescia model can be said to be the foundation on which the success of the factory was built.

The exhibition opening this month will explore the race, the cars, the differences in coach work for the racing and touring models but also one of the company’s most important employees. Ernst Friderich who was at the wheel of the winning Type 13 contributed to the history of Bugatti right from the beginning, joining Ettore as early as 1904. He also raced at Indianapolis and when Bugatti’s aero engine went to America, he oversaw its testing. After leaving Bugatti in 1924, he set up a leading dealership in Nice. Significantly he also set up a racing school with illustrious names such as Dreyfus, Wimille, Chiron, Czaykowski and Toselli on the list of past pupils.

A star exhibit will be the original winner’s plaque awarded to Mr. Friderich and Bugatti on the morning of September 8th, 1921. It is part of The Bugatti Trust’s permanent collection and a most beautiful ‘Targa’. Also on display will be cars, artifacts and historic film footage from our archives showing Brescias in action.


Already confirmed for 2021:

  • Opening in May, a Bugatti Brescia exhibition to celebrate the Centenary of the marque’s historic and defining victory of September 8th, 1921.
  • A new online guided tour available on request.
  • A live-streamed Formula Student ‘behind the scenes event’ with Team Bath Racing.
  • Participation in The London Classic Car Show.
  • A brand new educational day for Autumn 2021.
  • A dedicated YouTube channel hosting all videos from the Virtual Vintage Bugatti Day 2020.

Celebrating 30 years of furthering Education
through the Study of Ettore Bugatti

On November 14th The Bugatti Trust held a virtual celebration of vintage Bugattis in all their beauty with a day of especially curated content and contributions from much valued clubs, restorers, enthusiasts, historians, writers and visual storytellers, photographers and painters from around the world.

View the Virtual Vintage Bugatti Day videos online here

Image courtesy of Adam Gompertz @revseventandart


The Bugatti Trust  Celebrates 30 Years of Furthering Education through The Study of Ettore Bugatti

In 2020 The Bugatti Trust celebrated its 30th anniversary with a number of special events and exhibitions with at all times the educational aims and objectives a priority focus.

A big end of year thank you goes to everyone who has helped make 2019 so special, whether you are a member, a visitor, a volunteer, a benefactor, a friend, an educational partner or an event sponsor, we could not do it without you!

A few 2019 highlights:


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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