Charleston – French racing blue in the morning sun

French_Vintage (1)Last weekend, friend of Any Given Reason Luke Jaksa and I were rushing through the hills chasing rally cars around as part of Scouts Rally SA. We were on our way to a jump out behind Nairne and we simply couldn’t be late as it’s always the first cars that jump the hardest. We had empty stomachs and an empty fuel tank, but nothing could stop us. Except, perhaps, a group of vintage French cars stopped on the side of the road. How often do you happen to see a Bugatti Type 35A and a pair of Amilcar’s in the wild?

French_Vintage (10)Rally cars be damned, this was WAY more interesting.

French_Vintage (13)The trio were out for a Sunday morning drive and had stopped just out of Charleston when one of the Amilcar’s suffered a puncture to its front tire. You sometimes forget just how different vintage cars are to the more modern stuff we’re used to. Who even packs a brass hammer when they go for a drive anymore, let alone actually needs to use one? Brass and hickory, a winning combination. Continue reading


Sighting – 1927 Bugatti Type 35B

Big thanks to reader Felix for sending in these shots he snapped the other day of this 1927 Bugatti Type 35B Grand Prix. It must have been such an incredible privilege to see such a rare and important car in the flesh, on the streets of Adelaide.

The 1927 Type 35B is the ultimate evolution of Bugatti’s famous type 35 line. Featuring a 2300cc Supercharged straight 8 producing around 90kw, the 35B was the ultimate Grand Prix racer of it’s time. We’re all aware of the fantastic customer racing programs that the big manufacturers offer for privateer teams in GT racing these days (Porsche with the GT3RSR, Ferrari with the 458 GT3 and Mercedes with the SLS GT3 for example), but this car is the one that started it off. The Bugatti factory team enjoyed so much success with their Type 35’s that they were soon flooded for orders from privateer racers wanting the most competitive car available.  Continue reading