Bugatti T57 C - roadster body by Gangloff - manufactured in 1938
The 6th edition of the Concours d'Élégance Paleis Het Loo, held in Apeldoorn, Holland in early September this year, saw an obvious but justified winner: the wonderful Bugatti shown above. This Type 57 with unique roadster bodywork and compressor engine had already won prices at recent editions of the Ville d'Este concours in Italy and the Goodwood Festival of Speed (Cartier Luxe and Style concours) in Britain and was now shown at Holland's most prestigious classic car event by its proud Dutch owner. It was part of a special Bugatti Type 57 class of the concours and was ultimately awarded with the "Best of Show" title.
Unfortunately quite a number of the entrants at the concours didn't have all these qualities, which was a bit disappointing, as was the actual number of entrants. The organizers repeatedly claim this concours to be on the same level as other well-known international concourses in the world, but in reality it isn't. It really is an enjoyable and large classic car event which I wouldn't like to miss, but its importance is limited to Holland. That can be deducted from the limited number of nationalities amongst the entrants, the number of entrants which were there before and the number of entrants which can be encountered regularly at other local car shows. There were not that many surprises for enthusiasts who regularly visit car shows at this year's event.
If you want to see more Bugattis Type 57 you can check out the "Bugatti Type 57: the crown on the myth" segment on this website. There is also an impression of the first (and still best) Concours d'Elegance at Paleis Het Loo edition present on this site which you might enjoy.
© André Ritzinger, Amsterdam, Holland
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