2011 Bugatti Veyron 16.4
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  • Matt Le Breton

  • 2015 Salon Prive Supercar Show

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  • Front on shot of this stunning Bugatti Veyron with the two-tone black and grey finish taken at this years Salon Prive Supercar Show.

    There has been plenty written about the Veyron, both before its production run started and after it was officially launched in 2005, but I'd never heard about the origins of the Veyron name (or if I had, I've forgotten).

    So, from everyone's favourite online encyclopaedia, the Veyron is named after Pierre Veyron, a Bugatti development engineer, test driver and company race driver who won the 1939 Le Mans 24hr while driving a Bugatti Type 57C Tank.

    That same race winning car was then taken by Jean Bugatti (eldeset son of Ettore) for a test drive, but unfortunately came across a drunken bicyclist on the closed road, and swerving to avoid a collision with the bike, crashed the car and died at the young age of 30.