La Vie en Bleu to return to Prescott for seventh year

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The annual celebration of French motoring excellence, La Vie en Bleu, will return to the Prescott Hill Climb for the seventh year on 27-28 May, joining forces with it’s Italian equivalent, La Vito Rossa, for the second year in succession. 

The home of the Bugatti Owners’ Club is set to be transformed into a celebration of French and Italian motoring culture, with special competition classes for French and Italian marques, as well as hosting a round of the Ferrari Hillclimb Championship on the Saturday. 

Making its Prescott debut is the Bugatti Chiron, the fastest car in the world, capable of achieving a staggering 261mph – though it won’t trouble its top speed on the tight and winding Prescott course. The Chiron will be joined by a number of other Bugattis, including a Veyron Supersports and EB110. 

Louis Chiron, the subject of Bugatti’s hommage, is also set to be celebrated at the opening of the Bugatti Trust’s latest exhibition: Chiron – The Man’. One of the marque’s most successful racing drivers, Chiron tamed Types 22, 35, 51 and 53 throughout a long career which saw him compete at the top level of motorsport until the age of 55. 

Ferrari 250GT SWB chassis 2735 – the very car in which Sir Stirling Moss won his seventh Tourist Trophy race – is set to go on show flying the flag for the Italian brand. One of only three right-hand drive Competition Short-wheelbase cars, it was famously described by Moss as the ‘best GT car in the world’. 

Also set to go on show is a Lamborghini Miura once belonging to former F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone and, before that, Justin de Villeneuve, manager of ‘60s supermodel Twiggy. The Lamborghini will be joined by Duncan Pittaway’s 1910 Fiat S76 ‘Beast of Turin’, a Maserati 250F and on of five surviving Cisitalia 202 SMM Nuvolari Spiders. 

Away from the on-course action, visitors will enjoy a Dakota flypast on Saturday afternoon, while Sunday afternoon will host an iconic Spitfire, both courtesy of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. 

A full roster of music and dance will be offered, led by Sinatra tribute act Roman Marek, the duo Oyster Opera, and jazz quintet Plus La Swing. 

Visit www.prescott-hillclimb.com for further information or to book tickets. 

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