No matter the reason, we can bet the modern reincarnation will not have the chance to score five consecutive trophies like the Type 35 did between 1925 and 1929 in the mountains of Sicily. So, we have to make the best of it – and even this staged encounter is better than nothing.
Actually, it’s a lot better, given the connections between the two models. You may remember the Bugatti Divo is named after a famous historic racer, Albert Divo. The same man that captured the Targa Florio laurels in 1928 and 1929 at the helm of the Type 35.
Now the reunion has reignited long lost thoughts about one of the most prestigious, difficult, and perilous endurance races in the world. The “Piccolo circuito delle Madonie” has not been lapped, officially, since 1977 and Bugatti wasn’t there to bring the Divo and Type 35 to race extremes.
Instead, one of the luckiest persons alive on the planet – test and development driver Andy Wallace – got the chance to sit behind the wheel of both the Divo and Type 35 while others worked hard to capture the two astonishing cars in the best possible light. The result is pleasing to the eye, mind, and soul – even though top speeds are nowhere near what racers used to achieve during race day.