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Blast from the past: Bugatti victorious in Monaco

This car won the first ever Monaco GP in 1929. Driven by William Grover-Williams (note: Alfa Romeo and Maserati did not participate in the event).

Check the front wheels
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William Grover-Williams, who later became a spy for the British in WWII and was shot by the Germans...

There's a really good book, loosely based on his life, called "Early One Morning" by Robert Ryan which is a cracking read
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need to check those camber settings
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need to check those camber settings
Nice bit of positve camber there.
Most vintage race car's ran with severve front camber's.
As the British Racing Drivers Club badge shows.
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William Grover-Williams, who later became a spy for the British in WWII and was shot by the Germans...

There's a really good book, loosely based on his life, called "Early One Morning" by Robert Ryan which is a cracking read
Also the excellent book titled "The Grand Prix Saboteurs" by motoring correspondent Joe Saward is the true story of Williams, Benoist & Wimillie (Alfa racer) which took him 18 years of research and was published last year, well worth a read if you are interested in early GP racing and subsequent life in Nazi controlled Europe.
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Thanks for posting the photo BF; and thanks for all the other interesting posts everyone else
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Also the excellent book titled "The Grand Prix Saboteurs" by motoring correspondent Joe Saward is the true story of Williams, Benoist & Wimillie (Alfa racer) which took him 18 years of research and was published last year, well worth a read if you are interested in early GP racing and subsequent life in Nazi controlled Europe.
I'll keep a look out for that, thanks.
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I'll keep a look out for that, thanks.
Got the book for xmas and couldn't put it down, check out the reviews on Amazon UK Books (there's even a posting from Robert Ryan, author of "Early One Morning" commending Sawards efforts in producing this true to life account of events filling in some of the real details which Ryan didn't have access to), but ultimately has a tragic ending for both Williams & Benoist as well as dozens of other British SOE operatives, although Wimillie does not survive much longer than them, its almost difficult to believe that it all really happened !!! would make an ideal Hollywood thriller type of film.

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Got the book for xmas and couldn't put it down, check out the reviews on Amazon UK Books (there's even a posting from Robert Ryan, author of "Early One Morning" commending Sawards efforts in producing this true to life account of events filling in some of the real details which Ryan didn't have access to), but ultimately has a tragic ending for both Williams & Benoist, although Wimillie does not survive much longer than them, its almost difficult to believe that it all really happened !!! would make an ideal Hollywood thriller type of film.
Forgot to mention, whilst in Monaco in August last year, there is a tribute statue to Williams in his Bugatti at the St Devote corner (its actually located in the roundabout) complete with a B&W photo of him racing his car, different photo to Bigfoots posting, will try to upload my photo's if poss.

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Already put the book in my wishlist
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Got the book for xmas and couldn't put it down, check out the reviews on Amazon UK Books (there's even a posting from Robert Ryan, author of "Early One Morning" commending Sawards efforts in producing this true to life account of events filling in some of the real details which Ryan didn't have access to), but ultimately has a tragic ending for both Williams & Benoist as well as dozens of other British SOE operatives, although Wimillie does not survive much longer than them, its almost difficult to believe that it all really happened !!! would make an ideal Hollywood thriller type of film.
Another book you would all probably find very interesting is the "The Bugatti Queen" by Miranda Seymour (2004), a true story about a French lady GP driver who mixed with all the pre war stars of the 30's era. Starting with a Bugatti T35 she later acquired an Alfa Monza for her racing before an accident & the war intervened. The book details her fellow team mate Williams & his exploits with Benoist & Wimillie working for the British SOE during the war. Unfortunately she died in virtual poverty in 1984, her post war career having failed to revive following accusations of collaboration with the Germans. A great read !!
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Photo of Grover Williams memorial located at St Devote, Monaco
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The attached commemoration plaque
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Lastly a Bugatti Veryon parked outside the Carlton Hotel in Canne
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Also the excellent book titled "The Grand Prix Saboteurs" by motoring correspondent Joe Saward is the true story of Williams, Benoist & Wimillie (Alfa racer) which took him 18 years of research and was published last year, well worth a read if you are interested in early GP racing and subsequent life in Nazi controlled Europe.
Just got the books and started reading it. Cracking stuff

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This car won the first ever Monaco GP in 1929. Driven by William Grover-Williams (note: Alfa Romeo and Maserati did not participate in the event).

Check the front wheels
What the hell happened to his Veyron? I would be seriously ****ed at that.
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It's a Bugatti mate Veyron was a famous French GP driver (for Bugatti) and the name of Bugatti's latest car.
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Just got the books and started reading it. Cracking stuff

Thanks again for the suggestion
Pleased you managed to find the books, Bigfoot. Both "Grand Prix Saboteurs" & "Bugatti Queen" are great read and incredibly are true stories.
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