Bugatti Type 57 Grand Prix - A Celebration. Neil Max Tomlinson spent more than 40 years studying and researching to finalize his book on the Bugatti Type 57. Book Review by Marcel Haan
Sometimes you open a book, skim through the pages and realize that this book is someone’s “life's work”. Neil Max Tomlinson spent more than 40 years studying and researching to finalize his book on the Bugatti Type 57.
The first 10 chapters describe in detail the history of the car starting in the early thirties and following the development of the Type 57 from prototype to testing, from the 1936 Grand Prix to Le Mans ending with the tragedy on August 11th, 1939.
Tomlinson writes in a nice flowing style complimenting the history with short stories and anecdotes. He shows in depth all the research he has done; every racing event and each change in design and engineering comes with the dates, names and facts. The photos and engineering drawings greatly tribute to the readability.
The chapters at the end of the book become really technical with detailed descriptions of engines, gearboxes and frames. The reasons for certain modifications are explained. This is the first book that I have come across which uses so many car models to highlight the several types and variations. Most models are part of Tomlinson's own private collection and in the foreword he explains how models are trophies in tribute to the many different facets of the sport of motor racing.
The subtitle of this book states – a celebration - and rightfully so. It is a wonderful tribute to a wonderful car. Anyone with a more than average interest in Bugatti will enjoy the book but also those interested in the processes of car design and automotive history.
Book is available at Veloce Publishing