This year’s show -Retromobile 2020- welcomed about 130 000 visitors to see variety of cars for everyone’s taste. Every decade from early ages to the nineties is represented here. This edition celebrates its 45th anniversary and many more. Skoda its 125 years-old, and the 110th birthday of Alfa Romeo. A unique occasion to display the first ever model of the automaker’s history: the 1910′ 24HP.
Some official manufacturers use their in-house knowledge to restore and maintain masterpieces from the past. Among them, Lamborghini’s well known Polo Storico. As for Aston Martin that pulled the benchmark up a notch with the « continuation » programme. Resulting in a recovery of the ultra-limited production of handcrafted marvels. Nineteen DB4 GT Zagato Continuation sports cars to be handmade, not just to mention the rest of the range of DBs.
Bugatti came with a representative sample of his three eras. The first one, from birth to dominance in racing championships is represented by the Type 35. This car set the benchmark for its time, both technically and aesthetically and in terms of performance. From 1925 to 1934, more than 2000 victories were recorded. The second era (chronologically the last) is also linked to the historical cradle that is Molsheim. Ettore Bugatti and his family moved here in 1909, and production is still established here. But this time the Volkswagen group is the manager. It is under its impulse that the superlatives Veyron and Chiron came out, pushing the limits of luxury and adding speed and power records.
Finally, the third era began in 1987. The rebirth of the brand thanks to an Italian businessman: Romano Artioli. In 1991, to mark the 110th anniversary of the birth of the founder of the brand, the EB110 was finally coming out of a brand new factory just a stone’s throw from Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini, in Campogalliano, Italia. His designated targets.
But the models on display here, at Retromobile 2020, the EB110s, are the only two from this era to be prepared for competition. The blue one was entered by Michel Hommell, a great press boss and automobile enthusiast, at the 1994 Le Mans 24 hours. Therefore his idea was to complete the picture of a race that promised to be rich in the participation of different car brands. Only Bugatti was missing. And thanks to the agreement of the Italian businessman, and the fine driving of Hélary, Cudini and Bouillon, she did not make a poor impression. She set the 5th fastest time in practice, 15th in qualifying, and finished the race in 6th place, before dropping out after an off-road excursion.
The grey was entered in a few races of the IMSA championship in the United States by the initiative of a Monegasque entrepreneur with a passion for sport named Gildo Pastor. Surely inspired by Michel Hommell’s adventure.
Fiskens exhibited a 1968 Ferrari 365 GTC. Some Formula 1 also: a Ferrari 412 F1 driven by Jean Alesi in the 1995 season. And a 1972 Ferrari 312 B2, driven by the hall of famer Jacky Ickx. To be noted, the splendid Ferrari 275 GTB #57 participating in the legendary 1966 Le Mans 24 hours (ranked 10th overall and 2nd in GT, driven by Pierre Noblet and Claude Dubois).
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