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Topping-out Ceremony in Molsheim – the old Sheds shine in new Splendor

5/19/2003

Today, just three months after the renovation of the old sheds limiting the site of the Château Saint Jean on its Eastern and Western borders had begun, the topping- out ceremony in Molsheim-Dorlisheim has been celebrated. The sheds are part of the Bugatti property, which includes, apart from the Château and the sheds, also the new Atelier, which, however, will only be ready by the end of this year.
During the coming weeks the sheds – whose roof truss is adorned as from today by the customary wreath – will be furnished not only to serve for public relations purposes, with a welcoming booth, a customer service desk, a library and similar facilities, but also to provide, within this framework, ample room for an oldtimer workshop.
And so, Molsheim will again become the most important meeting point for antique Bugatti vehicles, just like in the nineteen twentieth and thirtieth, when the little Alsace town used to be completely dominated by Ettore Bugatti’s passion for the automobile. Specialists for antique cars are being trained already now for the expert repair and restoration of old Bugatti cars. It seems to be only a matter of time, until the first historic Bugatti car will find its way back to Molsheim, its original birthplace, to experience – after due restoration and repairs by expert hands – a second “honeymoon”.
In his address, Dr. Jürgen Strobel, the project manager of the reconstruction work in Molsheim, offered his thanks not only to all of the participating artisans and local suppliers for their cooperation, but also to the mayors of both Molsheim and Dorlisheim and their ad-ministrative staff for always being understanding and supportive towards the Bugatti project .
The progress of the construction work at the Bugatti Atelier is continuously documented by a WebCam transmitting – in three minutes intervals – live pictures of the construction site to the “Atelier” section of the Bugatti Internet Home Page.

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