Bugatti Owners' Club
written by Richard Barnett
you're ever in England, and want to see how
we really do motor sport properly, make a trip
to Prescott in Gloucestershire.
Where? Not Brands or
Silverstone? No - because if you want to see some
England's most splendid cars being put
through their paces, but you cannot bear the
crowds of Goodwood, Prescott is for you.
is the hillclimb owned by the Bugatti
Owners' Club. The hillclimb uses the drive of the
country house at the top of the hill. And what a driveway!
Climbing steadily among trees, with
plenty of sharp bends to catch out the novice
or the unwary, this short uphill blast really
taxes the most powerful and most
in England, hillclimbs have a loyal following.
Pitting man or woman and machine
against the slope, the clock and the other
competitors makes for some of the most
exciting motor sport a spectator can watch.
June saw the Bugatti Owners' Club day, when
a number of Bugattis, plus other notable
pre-and postwar classics competed against the
clock and each other.
this goes on in the spectacular scenery of
Gloucestershire, with the sweeping Malverns,
birthplace of English composer Elgar and home
of Morgan cars, visible in the distance.
for old car lovers, this is the kind of event
to attract the more unusual car. Bugattis of course, and several Bentley
specials, Allards (plus a couple of
mouthwatering Ford V-8 specials) and more
popular postwar cars, such as Triumphs and MGs.
this event has (as indeed does any Prescott
event, but this one in particular) is charm.
By the bucketload. And the same applies to the Vintage
Sports Car Club event, held here later in the
couldn't manufacture this event at all.
You don't have to adopt period dress
to get in the paddock, for example. Some other events might try, but if you
want to see old cars in the right
surroundings, you'd be very pushed to find
something better than this!
the writer: Richard Barnett is a lifelong car enthusiast who has also been lucky enough
to work with cars throughout his professional career. He claims to have
started his motoring interest when he was two and a half years old.
During his working life Richard has sold motoring books, run a motoring
library, done motor industry consultancy, been a motoring journalist
(writing stories for the now defunct
AutoClassic, Classic and Sportscar and
Autosport) and currently works in motor industry pr.
A member of Britain's prestige Royal Automobile Club, Richard is also a
member of the Society of Automotive Historians, the Vintage Sports Car Club,
the Historic Sports Car Club and the Classic Rally Association.
He has an extensive motoring library and attends as many historic motor
racing events as his calendar allows.
Richard owns a Lancia Flaminia and his favourite car is a Facel Vega