I was very interested in “ Boulogne 55 years ago” because I bought the B. S. Marshallwinning Bugatti from Jack Bartlett in March 1928 for £125. As seemed the case with all the hardware Jack always had on offer, it was in basically sound condition, and the fun and pleasure I got from it will never be forgotten. Unhappily, the sheer charisma of the little car was less obvious to any girl friends because of exposure to the elements, the mess, and lovely reek of Castrol “ R ” and getting hell from Mum for invariably being late home. So romance was usually shattered before it had a chance even to bud, so after a deprived 12 months I sadly did a deal for a spacious James Young Lorraine Dietrich two-seater, of many happy memories.
The last I heard of the Bugatti was a glowing write-up in Motor Sport in 1931, I think the Reg. No. was XN 2191 but it is a long time ago, so I could be wrong.
Middle Barton W. G. D. STANTON
(So now we know which Brescia Bugatti “E.K.H.K .” wrote-up in the “ Veteran Types” series – the Reg. No. was actually XN1219 – see Motor Sport, April 1931 – Ed.)
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