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Bugatti stages ‘Grande Fête’ in Molsheim for 110th birthday


“What a sight,” Bugatti Automobiles proclaimed. “More than 40 historic Bugatti models from different eras stranding in front of the Château in Molsheim, at the heart of Alsace, France. This is where Ettore Bugatti founded his famous company 110 years ago.”

The occasion was the Grande Fête – the recent and major anniversary celebration which featured those historic Bugattis parked alongside the company’s modern supercars: Chiron, Divo, La Voiture Noire, Centodieci and even a Chiron Super Sport 300+, which recently became the first production car to exceed 300 mph. Only 30 of the Chiron Super Sport 300+ vehicles are to be built, Bugatti said.

Many of the historic vehicles were from the nearby Schlumpf Collection of the Cité de l’Automobile. Others were privately owned.

Cars on display include those privately owned and from the nearby Schlumpf Collection (aka Cité de l’Automobile, the French national automotive museum)
No room for luggage, just attach your backpack to the spare tire

“Even 110 years on, Bugatti remains a vibrant brand,” said company president Stephan Winkelmann. “We’re consistently able to demonstrate that we build the most sophisticated, luxurious and aesthetically appealing hyper sports cars in the world.” 

The display was open to the public for a day but the second day was reserved for the 700 people who work for Bugatti and for their guests.

The Grande Fête also marked the final leg of the Bugatti Grand Tour, a rally that followed the path of Ettore Bugatti from Milan to Molsheim by way of Monaco, Aix-en-Provence, Beaune and Paris.

The event includes the unveiling of the prototype for the new Bugatti ‘Baby.’

Modern Bugatti supercars at the chateau
Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


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