Bugatti supercar owners do the Grand Tour

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The Grand Tour 2019 arrives in Paris | Bugatti photos
At Place de la Concorde

It is not unusual for car clubs to go on driving tours. Sometimes they last a day, or maybe a full weekend. Or, for some special anniversary, they do a longer tour.

And then there is the rather exclusive club of folks who own modern Bugatti supercars. When they get together, they do things in grand style, such as the Grand Tour 2019, which recently celebrated the company’s 110th anniversary by traveling from Ettore Bugatti’s hometown of Milano in Italy to Molsheim in France, where he and his son, Jean, built their famed cars.

Oh, but rather than taking a direct route, the Grand Tour obviously had to visit Monaco, to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Louis Chiron’s victory there, and Paris, where the Bugatti family lived for many years and where Carlo Bugatti won a silver medal for his furniture displayed at the Universal Exposition. 

There were other stops on the week-long event, including an air force base in honor of Ettore Bugatti’s design of what was intended to be the world’s fastest airplane

At various stops along the way, the newest Bugattis shared the roads with some of the oldest, including at the finale, where the year-long anniversary celebration reached its climax, the Grande Fête.

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Bugattis on the road
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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 ClassicCars.com, 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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