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Bugattis to the fore - Preview: La Vie en Bleu - Prescott, May 23-24

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Rare cars and 'planes come to Cheltenham for the French Weekend

The Bugatti owners Club and Prescott Speed Hill Climb are gearing up for their biggest event of the year on May 23-24. La Vie en Bleu 2009 will be see the Bugatti Owners Club attempt to beat the world record of 100 of the marque's cars in the same place at the same time.

La Vie en Blue started three years ago and has grown into a very popular date in car enthusiasts’ diaries. The weekend is devoted to English classic cars and the very best in French automobiles, which of course includes the Bugatti Veyron, the world’s most expensive road car. The Bugatti Owners’ Club (who own and run Prescott) is celebrating 100 years of the Bugatti marque with an attempt at a world record 100 Bugattis in one place. The numbers are rising steadily!This year the Prescott estate will be hosting some very rare cars indeed. The 1986 F1 Lotus driven by Ayrton Senna will be on display and taking to the Hill for demonstration runs. The EB110, chassis number 1, a rare super car that preceded the Veyron will be there, EB standing for Ettore Bugatti of course, built 110 years after his birth. Rarer still will be the Veyron Pur Sang. The Pur Sang (or Pure Blood) is one of only 5 ever made by Bugatti, all sold in Dubai. The body is made of pure aluminium and carbon fibre with no paintwork, just a very high polish.  Last minute additions have come along just this week. The legendary 1939 Black Bugatti T59 will appear; the last of the great Bugatti grand prix cars, once owned by King Leopold III of Belgium. The highlight for some will be the unexpected find of Earl Howe’s 1937 Type 57s Atalante in Dr Carr’s garage last year. Bought in 1955 for £895 it was sold this year for just over £3 million. The car was an extraordinary (and dusty) find in the eccentric Doctor’s garage after his death. The car will be coming home in a way, as Earl Howe was president and then patron of the Bugatti Owners’ Club at Prescott. Two extra delights will be a Battle of Britain fly past and aerobatics from a WW1 Stampe Biplane. At lunchtime on Saturday, cast your gaze skywards as the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight graces the Gloucestershire skies.  The evocative sight of the Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane performing their display to the wonderful sound of their Merlin engines echoing in the ears is something very special. The Stampe will perform on Sunday, again at lunchtime. The weekend is a celebration of all things French and motoring, with a huge display of cars, cavalcades up the hill, gendarmes to keep us Rostbif in order and can-can girls showing an unseemly amount of leg. There is also a special Tente where our Legionaires will be more than happy to sign you up for a spell in the desert, no questions asked...

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