Andre Dubonnet, son of the founder of the Dubonnet apéritif firm, was an industrialist, fighter pilot, athlete, racing driver and inventor. He was a fighting pilot during World War I ending up with six aerial victories. During the 1920s, Dubonnet competed in Olympic bobsledding, as well as racing cars for Bugatti and Hispano-Suiza. He took part in the 1928 Olympic Games at St. Moritz as captain for the French #2 bobsleigh team, finishing 15th. He was also known as inventor. His independent suspension was used on the Alfa Romeo P3 from 1935 onwards and he also sold the invention to General Motors. In the 1926 Targa Florio Dubonnet drove independently entered 8-cylinder 2000 Bugatti T35, and finished a credible 5th overall, winning the 2000 cc category with the average speed 69.7 km/h. Only three new 35T 8-cylinder 2300 works Bugattis by Meo Costantini, Ferdinando Minoia and Jules Goux, and 5.8-litre Itala driven by Emilio Materassi was ahead of Dubonnet #15 blue car. The model is the conversion based on IXO Bugatti model from Altaya “100 ans de sport automobile” collection.
|1926||Formula Libre||Targa Florio|
|Andre Dubonnet||15||A. Dubonnet|
|1:43||Brian Phipps / IXO Conversion|