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 Post subject: Pur Sang (Argentinian) Bugattis.
PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2008 8:08 am 
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Mr. Conway, the founder of the Bugatti Trust, has written to the English magasine "Octane" complaining that Pur Sang cars are being sold as genuine Molsheim cars.

So what's new ?

Before we had Argentinian "Bugattis" members of the England Bugatti Club were making new "Bugattis" and trying to pass them off as genuine.


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 Post subject: Misrepresentations.
PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2008 1:45 pm 
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Indeed, I believe that one of the cars that Mr. Conway built-up using some replica bits was being offered for sale as a 100% original car. This was long after Mr. Conway's ownership.


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 Post subject: Re: Pur Sang (Argentinian) Bugattis.
PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2008 9:52 pm 
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Legaleagle wrote:
Mr. Conway, the founder of the Bugatti Trust, has written to the English magasine "Octane" complaining that Pur Sang cars are being sold as genuine Molsheim cars.

So what's new ?

Before we had Argentinian "Bugattis" members of the England Bugatti Club were making new "Bugattis" and trying to pass them off as genuine.


You should know better than to confuse Conway senior with his son who currently is Chairman of the Trust.
Bugwrench


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 Post subject: Conway Family
PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 7:25 am 
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CONWAY, Eva. A petite and elegant pre-war driver who competed in a Singer Six in the 1931 Monte-Carlo Rally. She later drove for Rover and Triumph and became one of George Eyston’s “Dancing Daughters” in his team of six MGs at Le Mans in 1935. She met husband Hugh at Brooklands in the late thirties and retired from competitive driving to become a wife and mother and ably supported him in his career in the aeronautical industry. Her fluent French helped greatly in Hugh’s career and in his involvement with continental Bugatti clubs. She died on the 23rd June, 1980 after a long illness. She was survived by her husband and her sons, Hugh and Michael.

CONWAY, Giles. H.R.G. Conway’s son?

CONWAY, Hugh Graham. A tall, authoritative engineer who became the most influential Bugatti enthusiast of the post-war period writing most of the seminal articles and books on the subject over four decades. He was born in Vancouver in 1914, the son of a civil engineer who became the Chairman of the Mexico City Electricity and Public Transport Authority. He was educated at Merchiston Castle School in Edinburgh and studied Mechanical Engineering at Cambridge at the same time as Raymond Mays and Whitney Straight ; both leading drivers during the inter-war period. He had a life-long interest in motor sport and competed in the thirties with an Austin 7 Ulster in inter-varsity speed events and in high speed trials at Brooklands where he met his future wife Eva, a former racing driver. He served an apprenticeship with Petters in Yeovil before moving into aviation with the Bristol division of the French undercarriage firm Messier. This post afforded him the opportunity to visit France and fostered his love of French cars and cuisine and he became an enthusiatic bon-viveur with a love of French wines who frequently dined in the smart restaurants around London’s Sussex Square. The German invasion of Europe escalated the importance of his employers and he was promoted to the post of Technical Director before progressing to Dunlop Aviation and Dowty Hydraulics. In 1955 he moved to Northern Ireland where he was Managing Director of Short Brothers and Harland. He stayed there into the sixties living at Shanoge, Crawfordsburn, Co. Down. His first Bugatti was a type 57 which he had purchased in France in the late forties. The car (which is pictured in “Bugatti 57”, page 53) carried chassis no 57440 and the Northern Irish registration no. SZ 6600 and was fitted with a Stelvio drophead coupé body. It required mechanical repairs which were delegated to Jack Lemon Burton in London but he did not take to the car and J.L.B. provided him with a type 43 engine to enable him to start building a car of that type which most definitely was to his taste. He owned various Brescias, and types 35, 35B, 37 (37131), 37R (BC 021 with chassis plate stamped 1021), 40 (40795 with replacement engine no. 603 ex-40714), 43 and 44 all of which he rebuilt himself. He is best remembered for his dark blue type 43 (43214 with engine 149 ex-43307) which was the fastest of its type at Prescott for several years, and for winning the UK VSCC “Pomeroy Trophy” in 1975 and 1978*. He wrote, or co-wrote, several books on Bugattis as well as countless articles mainly dealing with technical subjects. His definitive study Bugatti “Le Pur-Sang des Automobiles”, first published in 1963, is one of the very best one-make studies. His wife Eva bore him two sons, Micahel and Hugh and they remained married until her death in 1980. He was a founder member of the Bugatti Trust in 1987 but died on November 27th 1989 after a short illness. A thanksgiving service in his memory was held at the Holy Trinity Church, Prince Consort Road, London on the 8th February, 1990.

CONWAY, H.R.G. (Hugh junior). An engineer who joined the UK BOC in February, 1963 when he was listed as the owner of a type 23. He competed with his father’s green type 37A (YN 5834 – née 37) and, after his death, inherited his cars ; a type 35T (4564 with reg. no. EB 1926 and a type 44 tourer (441056) and carried on competing with them, mainly in hill-climbs. He is currently the Chairman of the Bugatti Trust.

CONWAY, Michael J. Hugh Conway’s son who competed at Prescott on three occasions between May 1963 and June 1973 driving his father’s type 43. His best times were 56.48 and 69.43 seconds. He was a participant, with his wife, in the 1969 International Bugatti Rally which celebrated the fortieth anniversary of the UK BOC.


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