Bugatti enthusiasts (from left) Japan Bugatti Club
president Kyoto Takemoto, Junko Takemoto and Patrick
Friedli, of Burgundy, France, at Chard Farm near Gibbston
last night. Photo by Tracey Roxburgh.
Seventy-five Bugatti enthusiasts are touring New Zealand
in style, part of the 2014 New Zealand International Bugatti
Rally - the first of its kind in New Zealand in 14 years.
Rally organiser Geoff Walls, of Christchurch, said Bugatti
owners from around the world were taking part in the rally,
which began in Auckland on February 16 and will end in
Christchurch on Wednesday.
The group arrived in Queenstown on Wednesday night and last
night drove in convoy to Chard Farm, at Gibbston.
Participants had come from as far afield as Japan,
Switzerland, Germany, Holland, France, Italy, the United
Kingdom and the United States.
Their classic cars were shipped to New Zealand ahead of time.
One of the enthusiasts was Japan Bugatti Club president Kyoto
Takemoto and his wife Junko, on their first visit to New
Mr Takemoto owns a 1925 Bugatti roadster, which does not have
a windscreen or doors, windows or a roof.
Bugatti was founded in 1909 by Ettore Bugatti in France, and
enjoyed success on European race tracks before it fell on
hard times and was sold in the early 1950s.
Various attempts were made to revive the brand before it was
bought by Volkswagen in 1998, which went on to produce the
New Zealand last won the rights to host the rally in 2000, Mr
Rally participants will be in Queenstown until Sunday when
they head to Cromwell to visit Highlands Motorsport Park
before driving to Mt Cook.