Visiting Bugatti (the 80/90's one)

Discussion in 'Car Pictures' started by menoy36, Jun 29, 2012.

  1. Was in Italy April/May - decided to drop by the old Bugatti factory. Thought we'd arrive at the gate, look over a fence and be off. Turned out we got to see quite a bit more - private tour with the factory's custodian <A BORDER="0" HREF=""><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/smile.gif"></A>

  2. When VAG bought the Bugatti name, the big logo had to go.
  3. The two large posters are design studies I've never seen before - hanging in the factory mess (restaurant?).
  4. Door is from the original chateau in France.

    Floor segment for the EB112's front section :O
  5. All the calendars in the place stopped at 2nd half of 1995 <A BORDER="0" HREF=""><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/sad.gif"></A>

    Lifts looked so sci fi (keep in mind this was 25yrs ago!)
  6. Door access pad <A BORDER="0" HREF=""><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/smile.gif"></A>
  7. Apparently, these were one of the first servers in private use.

    Even the toilets looked luxurious! Marble everywhere..
  8. And in the end - tearing up the small test track! Heaven <A BORDER="0" HREF=""><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/smile.gif"></A>
  9. Cool stuff. Thanks for posting.
  10. really neat stuff
  11. That's very cool - I wish I'd known about this for my trip to Italy. Thanks for sharing!

  12. I'm amazed that so much is still there. I thought everything had been auctioned at this point.
  13. I'd give them 20 euro for that building.
  14. That really is awesome, srsly thanks for sharing
  16. This is so awesome. What a great trip that must have been. Thanks for sharing with us <A BORDER="0" HREF=""><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/smile.gif"></A>
  17. #18 menoy36, Jul 1, 2012
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    Really was - can't even begin to describe how special it felt. When the guy wiped the dust off the floor and I saw that EB112 section my jaw just dropped. Likewise, when we went upstairs to the mess hall and I saw those huge design studies on the wall (never seen them before). And then being able to have a go at the same track from one of my favourite Bugatti films - priceless. Really was a dream come true.

    Did the Galeria Ferrari earlier that day, and while it's always nice to see a Daytona Spider or Enzo, or even a 599XX aero study, this was just so much more. I think what impressed me the most was how big & serious a venture this must have been at that time. Not to mentioned how technically advanced. At the same time it was heartbreaking to see how the place has been slowly deteriorating.
  18. There was an proposition from some investor to turn the site into an amusement park, but the the city council (or something of the sort) said no - there's a scale model still standing in one of the offices. From what I understood (the guide's English wasn't too good and my Italian way worse) they wanted to keep the automotive nature of the place if anything was to be done there.
  19. #20 basman007, Jul 1, 2012
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    Yeah, the drawings are very cool/special!

    I know what you mean. I've never visited one of these places irl, but somehow really enjoy watching pictures of eighties/nineties abandoned places.
  20. why does an abandoned factory have a custodian? he doesn't seem to be doing a very good job
  21. ...and that washroom is far from the luxury dumping stations I'm use to
  22. Very nice, tks for posting!

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