Bugatti’s Grand Prix success continued in 1930 although not always in works hands. The season was staged with the world’s fragile economy as a backdrop. And race promoters were apparently still unconvinced by the governing body’s rules of the day.
Louis Chiron won the Belgian GP for the works team but Bugatti’s other major victories were in private hands. René Dreyfus fitted an auxiliary fuel tank to his T35B for the Monaco GP and he beat Chiron after running without needing to refuel. The future New York restaurateur hoped that would lead to a works deal but Ettore Bugatti was apparently not happy to be beaten by a customer.
The most important race of the year was still the French GP – held this year outside Pau. That provided the most important victory of Philippe Etancelin’s long career with his T35C pursued by the large Bentley of Tim Birkin. Czechoslovakia’s Brno hosted a GP for the first time with Bugatti Team Deutschland’s Prinz zu Leiningen and Heinrich-Joachim von Morgen sharing the winning car.
Other than those driving a Bugatti, it was Achille Varzi who tasted major success with his Maserati 26M winning the Monza and Spanish GPs.