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Peter Giddings Racing

1926 Bugatti 35B Frame #143

 This car’s frame # is 143 which probably means that this is chassis #4720 (engine #54A).

The rear axle# is 144: the gear box is also numbered and original.

Delivered new to Matarazzo (Sao Paulo, Brazil) in February 1926 as a 35A.

Extensively raced by Matarazzo, thereafter it was then sold to Pablo Gulle in Argentina, and then to Lucio Bollaert in Buenos Aires.

Whilst early results still have to be obtained from the new book “Bugattis in South America” and other sources, later results include:

1947 Automovil Club Mendoza “Premio Vendimia”: Pablo Gulle 2nd place (beating Juan Manuel Fangio!)
1947 Rafaela 500: Pablo Gulle 1st place
1948 Automovil Club Mendoza “Premio Vendimia”: Pablo Gulle 2nd place

The car was restored by Robin Townsend, and was first seen by Peter when he raced against it in New Zealand in his 8C Alfa Romeo “Monza” chassis #2311218.

The Bugatti 35B engine has a bore of 60 mm and stroke of 100 mm, giving a displacement of 2262 cc and 140 bhp at 5000 rpm.

Racing results in Peter’s hands:

Lime Rock, The Rolex Festival, September 2005: 1st in class
Watkins Glen (Zippo), September 2005: 3 x 1st places
Elkhart Lake, September 2006: Qualified 2nd
Lime Rock, September 2006: 2 x 1st places
Watkins Glen, September 2006: 1st place
Lime Rock (Rolex Festival),September 2007: 2nd place (to a 3.8 litre Tipo C 8c Alfa Romeo)
Watkins Glen (Zippo) September 2007: 1st place (the Bugatti GP)
      1st place (the Governors Trophy)
Road America, Elkhart Lake, September 2007: 1st place
Watkins Glen, September 2008: 1st place, fastest qualifier ahead of Lister Chevys, etc.
Elkhart Lake, September 2008: 2 x 1st places
Lime Rock, Vintage Fall Festival, September 4-7, 2009
Watkins Glen, SVRA, September 10, 2009

Also check www.velocetoday.com: September 24 and October 8 2008

 

Bugatti 35B

Watkins Glen Street Race Re-enactment, 2007

 

Bugatti 35B in rain at Watkins Glen

Bugatti 35B in the Rain at Watkins Glen, 2007

 

Bugatti 35B in rain at Watkins Glen

Bugatti 35B in the Rain at Watkins Glen, 2007

Corkscrew

Three-wheeling into the Corkscrew! Monterey Rolex Historics, August 2010. Photo by Dennis Gray.

Rolex2010

Peter braces for the turn! Monterey Rolex Historics, August 2010. Photo by Dennis Gray.