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This Alfa Romeo poster celebrates the fourth Mille Miglia event of 1930 won by the great Tazio Nuvolari driving an Alfa Romeo 1750. The race was run over a figure of eight course covering a thousand miles from Brescia via Rome and back again to finish in Brescia. In the 1930 race Nuvolari cheekily surprised his great rival Achille Varzi by overtaking at night with his headlamps switched off.

The Alfa Romeo 8C 2300, considered by many to be one of the greatest cars in motor racing history, was designed by Vittorio Jano who had recently been poached from Fiat by Alfa boss Enzo Ferrari. This beautiful new Alfa Romeo, powered by an 8 cylinder 2.3 litre engine, replaced the 6C 1750 and soon came to dominate endurance racing taking first place at Le Mans every year from 1931 to 1934. In the 24 hour event of 1931, with Lord Howe and Henry Birkin of Great Britain behind the wheel, the two "Bentley Boys", who had turned to Alfas after Bentley’s closing, beat the mighty 7 litre Mercedes-Benz SSK designed by Ferdinand Porsche into second place. All told this magnificent car notched up over 50 victories in its time.

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The Bugatti Type 51 was manufactured between 1931 and 1935 with a total of only 40 models being produced in that period. They were Ettore Bugatti's attempt to replace the ageing Type 35s with a more modern racing car boasting greater power and performance, with an engine modelled on the successful American car, The Miller 91. In its first season the Type 51 emerged victorious at the Monaco and French Grand Prix among others, with Louis Chiron and Achille Varzi as principal drivers in the team. This was followed by victory in the 1933 Monaco Grand Prix with Varzi at the wheel, beating Chiron, who had defected to the mighty Alfa Romeo camp, into fourth place. But these were among the few highlights of its racing career. The more powerful Alfa Romeos, Maseratis, and Mercedes were becoming far too dominant, and Bugatti was finding it difficult to compete with teams that had government support such as the Germans and Italians.

Ettore Bugatti, a great lover of thoroughbred horses, called the first car he built carrying the Bugatti name ‘Le Pur Sang’ (The Thoroughbred) and this Bugatti poster reflects that ideal.Bugatti-grand-sport-art-deco-posterBugatti-Grand-sport-poster

The Bugatti Type 23 ‘Brescia’ Tourer tasted success at its first outing in 1920 by winning the French Voiturette Grand Prix at Le Mans. This achievement was swiftly followed by a clean sweep of the first four places at Brescia in the following year, and as a result all 16 valve Bugattis were thereafter dubbed Brescia. It marked the beginning of a long period of motor sport dominance by Bugatti.Bugatti-Royale-Type-41-poster

This Bentley poster celebrates the mighty Bentley Speed sixes of the late 1920’s when the ‘Bentley Boys’ dominated endurance motor sport. In the Le Mans 24 hour race in 1930 they took first and second place, the winning car being driven by millionaire Captain Woolf Barnato with co-driver, the ‘born adventurer’ Glen Kidston, but sadly this was to be the company’s last year of racing. Financial problems prevented Bentley from competing in 1931 and after Rolls Royce purchased the remains of the company, the racing program was scrapped. Barnato retired from motor racing that year and Kidston, in 1931, died when his De Havilland Moth biplane broke up over Africa.Aston-Martin-1928-International-English-poster

Aston Martin’s early history was a troubled and precarious one. After the co-founders Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford took the company into receivership it was resurrected as Aston Martin Motors Ltd by A C (Bert) Bertelli in 1926 and the company’s fortunes began to look up with the introduction of the Aston Martin International, Le Mans and the Ulster.

Aston Martin’s early history was a troubled and precarious one. After the co-founders Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford took the company into receivership it was resurrected as Aston Martin Motors Ltd by A C (Bert) Bertelli in 1926 and the company’s fortunes began to look up with the introduction of the Aston Martin International, Le Mans and the Ulster.

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