He's not singin the Bugatti blues
n Former Concours judge Bob Ames searched the world over for 1927 car
Bob Ames isnt singing the Bugatti blues.
The Portland resident, in fact, purchased a 1927 Type 37 Bugatti Grand Prix in February less than a month after finding it. After years of saving and searching, he met a man in Paris last winter who had seen Ames dream car in Vermont.
Ames left France, flew to South Africa, returned to Portland and promptly left for Vermont to take a look at the Bugatti hed been waiting for. The blue racing model will join about 35 vehicles Ames has shown at the Forest Grove Concours dElegance since its inception 41 years ago. Ames doubts this car will take home Best of Show in its Concours debut July 21 as some of his other favorites have because it falls into a preservation class, which puts it at a disadvantage to shined-up, fully restored cars.
The vintage car enthusiast said the Bugattis dimpled and road-rashed patina adds authenticity and a sense of the vehicles real-life use. Ames has served as a judge at Concours in past years and travels the world viewing rare automobiles at auctions and shows.
Most of the cars hes shown at Concours have since been sold, but he holds onto a prize-winning Alfa Romeo and said the Bugatti is his for good.
Add a comment