The Cork Bugatti

We are proud to announce that Tom Dark from the UK has entered the ‘Cork Bugatti’ in the 1938 Cork Grand Prix 75th Anniversary Event to be held at the County Hall in Cork on Sunday 23 June. This car is a Bugatti Type 59/50B and its first race was the Cork Grand Prix in 1938. Although it retired from the race it had set the fastest speed over a flying kilometre on the Carrigrohane Straight at 147.25 mph. The car has been fully restored in recent years and is now used for historic racing in the UK and Europe.

The club has received over 40 entries and of these 6 are cars which raced in Cork in the period from 1936 to 1938, including an MG K3 which participated in the original Mille Miglia races, another Bugatti coming from Switzerland and Irish entries of a Riley Brooklands, the TRS Special and the Smithfield Ford Special. Other entries are coming from the UK, Northern Ireland and throughout Ireland and motoring enthusiasts will get to see and hear cars not normally seen here. Marques represented include Bugatti, Alfa, Vauxhall, Riley, MG, Lagonda, Alvis as well as some very technically interesting specials.

The event is taking place from 10.00am to 2.00 pm on 23 June and will include 3 parade laps of the original circuit behind a Garda Traffic Corps escort, followed by a display of all the cars at the County Hall and an indoor memorabilia display. Programme sales on the day will benefit Marymount Hospice.

Pictures of the car available at and

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