Bugatti Testing and Wheel Production

Crosthwaite & Gardiner restored Type 51 Bugatti tackles Prescott Hill Climb, while the factory has been busy producing wheels of many shapes and sizes


At Prescott Hill Climb this month was the Bugatti Owners Club’s La Vie en Bleu event, which Crosthwaite & Gardiner attended. As well as meeting a number of treasured customers and friends from within the Bugatti community, the day marked an important opportunity for a recently finished Type 51.



The car in question is chassis number 51126, dated 1931; it’s a fully matching numbers car which competed in most Grand Prix between 1931 and 1934. It has just undergone a sympathetic restoration in our workshops, where we concentrated on preserving the originality and history of the important car. This weekend was the first appearance in the UK for the car since 1958 – with Simon Diffey behind the wheel, it finished as second fastest Bugatti, only beaten by a methanol-powered car while we remain on pump fuel.

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The past month or two have been exceptionally busy with wheel production – the Crosthwaite & Gardiner wheel range covers many types of Bugatti, Porsche, Cooper, Lotus, Cobra, GT40, Abarth and more. Among huge quantities of other wheels we have also been producing a fresh batch of OEM wheels for a UK manufacturer of limited production track day vehicles. These wheels weigh just 6kg each and are made from magnesium castings, which are then machined to exacting specifications using our CNC lathes and 4-axis CNC machines.

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