Gallery: TopGear.com at Quail Lodge
We sneak behind the velvet rope at one of America’s most exclusive car meets…
Posted: 20 Aug 2013
But other than the old gold, there was plenty of new stuff to distract you, too as Michael Schumacher went on (and on) about his racing history, his collection of cars - he has every F1 car he won in except the Bennettons - and life after F1. First in line of the future classics was the new Legend Series of Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesses.
There are going to be six of these Legends released over the next year, with just three of each being made. The mini range-within-a-range debuts with the Wimille, which honours French racing ace Jean-Pierre Wimille who steered a Bugatti 57G Tank to victory in the 1937 and 1939 24hrs of Le Mans, the second time supported by Pierre Veyron. So there's historical substance behind the car.
While the road-rippling eight-litre W16 drivetrain is left untouched, the designers have gone to town on the colour and trim. Most French racing cars were painted blue back in the Thirties, the 57G Tank being no different, so the Wimille edition recreates that aqua scheme with blue-tinted carbon fibre and Wimille Bleu paintwork and interior. Nice.