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Bugatti Veyron on Route 66: the final day

  1. And so to the end of the road: Los Angeles’ Santa Monica Boulevard, on the very edge of the Pacific Ocean. After seven days, precisely 2,404 miles and very nearly 900 litres of unleaded, our big Veyron road trip has reached the finish line.

    And what a trip: the biggest ever undertaken in a Veyron, and, we hope, a worthy way to send the fastest car in the world – not to mention the greatest of the last 20 years – out with a bang, before Bugatti closes the Veyron chapter of its history to embark on something new and possibly even faster.

    Los Angeles was, after so many miles of empty desert and wild mountains, a fearsome shock to the system: so many cars, so many junctions, so very many hotpants. The Veyron didn’t care, soldiering on as it had since the very start. Could any other hypercar – hell, any other fast car – manage such a trip so entirely effortlessly?

    To find out, you’ll need to pick up the full story in the Adventures issue of Top Gear magazine – out now in print and digitally – where you’ll be able to read exactly what happened on our grand 66 road trip.

    But first, here’s our very last photo-diary update. Hope you enjoyed the ride…

    Pictures: Justin Leighton 

    Bugatti on 66: Day One gallery

    Bugatti on 66: Day Two gallery

    Bugatti on 66: Day Three gallery

    Bugatti on 66: Day Four gallery

    Bugatti on 66: Day Five gallery

    Bugatti on 66: Day Six gallery

  2. When brand names and brand logos combine to terrifying effect.

  3. Racing the train along the old Atlantic Pacific railroad. Winning.

  4. Not long to go now. At v-max, the Veyron could cover 66 miles in 15 minutes. Unfortunately significant imprisonment would happen long before.

  5. If your intake of neon-clad motel signs is dipping to dangerously low levels, Top Gear prescribes a quick blast along 66. You’ll get enough retro-signage to last you a lifetime.

  6. Into Los Angeles on the vast, busy, tangling freeways. After thousands of miles of emptiness, all the traffic and bustle felt faintly discombobulating.

  7. Disappointing lack of ‘Veyron-only’ fast lane.

  8. Onto Santa Monica Pier, and the very end of the road.

  9. The end. This gent clearly grasped the magnitude of our journey.

  10. So there it is, and there it was. Chicago to Los Angeles in the astonishing Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse. If you’re feeling shortchanged on hilarious anecdotes and pitiful attempts to convey the insane speed of the Veyron through mere words, make sure you pick up the Adventures issue of Top Gear magazine for the full story…

    Bugatti on 66: Day One gallery

    Bugatti on 66: Day Two gallery

    Bugatti on 66: Day Three gallery

    Bugatti on 66: Day Four gallery

    Bugatti on 66: Day Five gallery

    Bugatti on 66: Day Six gallery

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