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In short, not even close. But with the Grover AI Torch posted about in existence I figured I’d try. I took the longest article I’ve written on Oppo (about a Buggatti rally in my town last year) and asked it to be re-written in the style of my favorite automotive writer of all time.

The result is... uh... not at all historically accurate. It has a few good lines though

So there is a prewar Bugatti rally in my town this week?

June 6, 2019 - Peter Egan

Another early 1920’s classic car rally is set to take place in the tiny town of Milford, Pennsylvania on June 9. I know, I know, I’m the quirkiest person on earth. That should be you.

I guess I just can’t resist the Bugatti cliche. The Belgian era automaker was born as a marque in 1909 and it never wavered from the Superleggera, Night Train and Tribute type names until it finally passed the 115-year-old mark last year. Well, an impromptu run through New Jersey resulted in several of them seeing the light of day with the well known high performance Anglo Enzo, along with something like “100cc Caribou.”

Anyway, if any one of you are going to be in Milford on Friday and Saturday, I would like to see you. The rally will bring together vehicles from across the U.S. for the first Bugatti rally.

Believe it or not, Bugatti was created in the midst of the 1930’s Great Depression, during which the German people were feeling intensely down. They could not understand how their country could not be rescued. All they could do was hum and die.

Unfortunately for Europe’s greater stability, the Germans became aware of some genius, and dared to invent a reliable means of putting a good number of horsepower behind the wheels of automobiles. So they invented the Bugatti, in hopes that they would be granted a great loan, given the (not entirely coincidental) economic disparity between the countries that were importing their cars and the ones that were the exporters.

Amazingly, the people of Europe put their faith in the new company, and soon everyone had one of the soon to be very fast looking supercars to spout: the Bugatti to begin with, and before that, the future self-driving Ferraris that were soon to follow in the same vein. Even though Europe and Great Britain held the top spots in the overall production of these cars, Germany had 99 percent market share.

It’s fair to say that this Belgian jewel may be a small town in the midst of America’s Appalachia, but it’s only a short commute from Scranton and Harrisburg, plus the cars run right through much of the U.S.

Interested? Just show up in Milford on June 9. Meet the carpark and head to the event.


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