Sunday, January 27, 2013

Jean Bugatti 1909-1939

The eldest son of Bugatti founder, Ettore Bugatti, Jean Bugatti (born Gianoberto Maria Carlo Bugatti) was a noted automotive designer and test engineer in his father's business. On 11 August 1939, while testing the Type 57 tank-bodied racer which had just won a Le Mans race, not far from the factory on the road near the Alsace village of Duppigheim, he was killed when he lost control and crashed into a tree while trying to avoid a drunken bicyclist who had gotten onto the track through a hole in a fence.

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