Born on this day, Jean Bugatti, Italian French automotive designer and engineer


Friday 15th January 1909

Born on this day, Jean Bugatti, Italian French automotive designer and engineer. He died aged 30 in 1939, while testing the Type 57 tank-bodied racer which had just won at Le Mans, when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a tree while trying to avoid a drunken bicyclist, who had slipped on the track through a hole in a treefence. He is interred in the Bugatti family plot at the municipal cemetery in Dorlisheim. There is a monument to him at the site of his accident.


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