At the race Ettore Bugatti won outright exactly fifty-five years before and forged such a reputation among the fiercely patriotic French public, the EB 110 S LM – which retained the core DNA of the road-going Supersport, albeit in a much more technologically advanced package – in the hands of Alain Cudini, Eric Helary and Jean Christophe Boullion held strong and firm, despite a number of turbocharger-related technical gripes. That was until the 23rd hour, however, when an accident on the Mulsanne Straight forced a desperately late retirement.
The result mattered little. For the guys in Campogalliano, the car’s encouraging performance was a victory in itself and led to the creation of a second, more hardcore and further developed racer, the SC, for use in the popular IMSA series across the pond. And again, the car showed promising performance.
Alas, Bugatti Automobili folded amid a global recession and, as Artioli claims, industrial sabotage, and the motorsport world was left to wonder what might have been from these turbocharged titans.
Back to Vienna. The very first major building erected on the Ringstrasse following the road’s construction in the 19th century, the Vienna State Opera feels like the perfect starting point for an altogether more fitting reason.