Open hoods at Mullin museum

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Jean Bugatti, the middle son of Ettore’s three, and the brilliant automobile body designer of most of the firm’s production, began with the 1932 Type 55. As with the Type 43, the sports car version of the sohc Type 35 grand prix car, the 1932 Type 55 was the sports car version of the twin-cam, supercharged Type 51 grand prix car.

The Mullin Automotive Museum recently held its second (and first in two years) celebration of the mysteries of vintage French power with many of the museum’s fabulous examples of French coachwork displayed with their hoods propped open. 

Exposed were engines that are rarely — if ever — seen by even the most ardent motor heads. 

To open the festivities, I was asked to repeat my engine-tech Powerpoint presentation from 2016. That took the first 45 minutes of the limited window of time. I was gratified that the assembly remained engaged through the show before being released into the galleries with heads full of newly discovered information. 

Mullin docents were committed to help illuminate what the guests saw on the screen, but now in real metal. 

Our gallery includes engine photos from the day, along with the technical drawings from the prelude presentation.

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Larry Crane has been an automotive literature aficionado from childhood. Car books and magazines represented most of his reading experience. He moved to Southern California in his early twenties to be close to his favorite cars. After a WestPac stint in the Navy, he was offered a position redesigning Motor Trend magazine. Then, for Steve Earle, he created America's first vintage road racing magazine as both editor and designer. FromVintage Racer he joined Road & Track and then David E. Davis Jr., asked him to help create a new kind of car magazine, Automobile. After 12 years, Crane took his family back to Los Angeles to create his dream magazine, AUTO Aficionado, which attracted an impressive cadre of the most influential members of the collector car hobby until the national economy made that one impossible to continue.

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