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He's not singin the Bugatti blues

n Former Concours judge Bob Ames searched the world over for 1927 car


by: COURTESY PHOTO - Bob Ames of Portland bought this 1927 Type 37 Bugatti Grand Prix in February, less than a month after finding it. After years of saving and searching, he met a man in Paris last winter who had seen Ames dream car in Vermont. Ames left France, flew to South Africa, returned to Portland - and promptly left for Vermont to take a look at the Bugatti hed been waiting for. The blue racing model will join about 35 vehicles Ames has shown in the Forest Grove Concours dElegance since its inception 41 years ago. Ames doubts this car will take home Best of Show in its Concours debut July 21 - as some of his other favorites have - because it falls into a preservation class, which puts it at a disadvantage to shined-up, fully restored cars. Ames said its dimpled and road-rashed patina adds authenticity and a sense of the cars real-life use. Ames has served as a judge at Concours in past years and travels the world viewing rare automobiles at auctions and shows. Most of the cars hes shown at Concours have since been sold, but he holds onto a prize-winning Alfa Romeo and aid the Bugatti is his for good.Bob Ames isn’t singing the Bugatti blues.

The Portland resident, in fact, purchased a 1927 Type 37 Bugatti Grand Prix in February — less than a month after finding it. After years of saving and searching, he met a man in Paris last winter who had seen Ames’ dream car in Vermont.

Ames left France, flew to South Africa, returned to Portland — and promptly left for Vermont to take a look at the Bugatti he’d been waiting for. The blue racing model will join about 35 vehicles Ames has shown at the Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance since its inception 41 years ago. Ames doubts this car will take home Best of Show in its Concours debut July 21 — as some of his other favorites have — because it falls into a preservation class, which puts it at a disadvantage to shined-up, fully restored cars.

The vintage car enthusiast said the Bugatti’s dimpled and road-rashed patina adds authenticity and a sense of the vehicle’s real-life use. Ames has served as a judge at Concours in past years and travels the world viewing rare automobiles at auctions and shows.

Most of the cars he’s shown at Concours have since been sold, but he holds onto a prize-winning Alfa Romeo — and said the Bugatti is his for good.

— Kathleen Rohde



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