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Little Classics News: 24 April 2014

Life in Blue Returns to Prescott Hill Climb

Prescott Hill Climb – French Motoring Festival 'La Vie en Bleu'The annual French invasion of ‘La Vie en Bleu’ (Life in Blue) makes a welcome return to Prescott Hill Climb on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th May 2014. This year sees many of its regular competitors plus some wonderful surprises including Amilcars, fresh from their UK rally, Voisins including the hill climber and Gerin, and a regular London to Brighton entrant - a Panhard Levassor with a 4 cylinder engine and tonneau body.

If those cars have wetted your appetite – here comes the ‘Cours Principal’ . . .

Three confirmed Bugatti Veyron’s courtesy of Jack Barclay. If you have only seen a Bugatti Veyron on BBC Top Gear, here is your opportunity to ‘get up close’ and witness its unforgettable sight and sound. Each day, one lucky visitor that participates in the Friends of Prescott raffle will win a memorable ride in a Veyron.

Roland Duce will be competing in his beautiful Delahaye 135M, and also thrilling us with his Bugatti Type 57. The original T57 and later versions were designed by Jean Bugatti and were built between 1934 and 1940, with 710 being made.

Roland’s ‘type 57’ exotic bodywork was designed by Gangloff in the early 1930’s; however nobody was brave or rich enough to place an order. More recently the owner of a type 57 chassis took the plunge and got one built. Believe it or not the original designer now in his 90’s came over to England to supervise the build.

Popular driver Richard Scaldwell will be plying his 1919 wood GN cycle car chassis and ET Willows 1908, 5112cc/3111 cui JAP V8 up the climb hoping to ‘shave’ off some time. Watch out for this GN JAP Grand Prix special.

Entertainment, is distinctly French themed with the beautiful and talented can-can dancers, live music, a Parisienne 1920’s Renault bus, brave stilt walkers, an accordion player – reminiscent of Monsieur Alfonse played by Kenneth Connor in the 1980’s television show ‘Allo Allo’; Perhaps you may spot Renee Artois loitering in the café or chasing the waitresses! Even the Gendarmes will be there! ‘Le Shopping’ – a French style shopping village with food, art, and of course French berets. Food and drink will be French influenced with crepes and plat du jour.

Other treats in store include – De Dion tricycles, Les Grands Routiers “Delage & Hotchkiss” and a plethora of rare and eclectic cars, and of course Bugatti’s.

Bugatti gravity racers will be on display – T35 and tank. The Bugatti trust will be open both days of the festival.

In addition - a wide variety of classic car clubs have confirmed their attendance, and will have displays in the Orchard.


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