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Haynes’ new Bugatti T35 Manual explores one of the most successful and beautiful grand prix racing cars of all time

10th September 2018
Chas Parker
Tuesday, 4 September, 2018


10th September 2018: Haynes has paid homage to one of the most successful and beautiful racing cars of all time in its new Bugatti Type 35 Owners’ Workshop Manual, 90 years since the Bugatti Type 35 (T35) sped to victory at the 1928 Italian Grand Prix.

The car, which was introduced in 1924, quickly became a front-runner in grand prix and Formule Libre events, for private entrants as well as the factory team. It won the gruelling Targa Florio five times in a row and was victorious in the very first Monaco Grand Prix of 1929 and again in 1930.

All the great pre-war drivers, including Robert Benoist, Louis Chiron, René Dreyfus, Tazio Nuvolari, William Grover-Williams and Archille Varzi, drove the Bugatti Type 35. Also championed by many female drivers of the 1920s and 30s, the Bugatti Type 35 was driven by both Eliska Junek and the flamboyant Hellé Nice – known as the ‘Bugatti Belles’. 

The manual is packed with fascinating first-hand accounts from engineers, drivers and owners, and explores the design and construction of the Type 35, along with the many variants it spawned. 

Chas Parker, author of the Bugatti Type 35 Owners’ Workshop Manual, commented: “The Bugatti T35 is a remarkable racing car, and it is said to have won 1,045 races in Europe in 1925-26 alone. We’ve gone to great efforts in this book to not only tell readers about what happened under the bonnet and on the race track, but we also wanted to bring the story of Ettore Bugatti, the man behind this incredible car, to life. It’s incredible to think of all that the car achieved given that he had no formal technical or engineering.  With that in mind, the manual provides extensive background to the Bugatti story, from Ettore’s first motorised tricycle to detail around the Bugatti family history to help put it all into context.

“During the course of helping me research this book, my partner, Diane Murphy, became fascinated by the whole Bugatti story and also the female drivers of the 1920s and 30s so I asked her to write these sections of the book, since her passion was evident and comes across in her writing. I would therefore like to extend my gratitude to Diane for her contribution to this title.”  

The book features a detailed history of chassis No.4809, together with summaries of other significant chassis and their competition histories. It also provides detail on restoration and historic racing, leveraging a network of specialist restorers who support the many people who race these iconic cars in events today. 

The Bugatti Type 35 Owners’ Workshop Manual is supported with a huge array of photographs and original Bugatti drawings of the components that make up the Type 35. This includes original diagrams provided by the Bugatti Trust. 


Title Details 

Bugatti Type 35 Owners’ Workshop Manual is priced at £22.99 and available from The book number is H6183. The ISBN is 9781785211836. It is published in September 2018.


About the author

Chas Parker has written a number of books about motor sport and historic racing cars, including full histories of Brands Hatch and Silverstone, together with the Haynes Owners’ Workshop Manual for the D-type Jaguar.  He was short-listed, together with co-author Philip Porter, for the 2017 RAC Motoring Book of the Year Award for his work on the 1953 Le Mans-winning C-type Jaguar, XKC 051. He lives in East Sussex with his partner Diane Murphy, who contributed to this book.  

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