In Dorlisheim, the small village near Molsheim in French Alsace, where at his time Ettore Bugatti was building his legendary cars, the foundation brick was laid for the Atelier, in which the Bugatti 16.4 Veyron will be assembled by the end of 2003.
More than 400 guests gathered at the building site between Dorlisheim and Molsheim. Among them were the mayors of both communities, Mr. Laurent Furst (Molsheim) and Mr. Gilbert Roth (Dorlisheim), as well as Dr. Folker Weiflgerber, Member of the Board of the Volkswagen Corporation responsible for production and logistics, and a delegation from Wolfsburg representing the employees? union.
On this historic site overshadowed by the fabulous Chateau Saint Jean and a stones throw away from the old factory sheds, the president of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S., Dr. Karl-Heinz Neumann, laid the traditional first brick for the new building. In his address he emphasized the great importance of Bugatti’s technical heritage for the trademark and paid hommage to the enthusiastic owners of classic Bugatti automobiles organized in Bugatti Clubs all over the world for their engagement in keeping alive the myth of the brand name up to the present time.
Apart from assembling the Bugatti 16.4 Veyron and after the renovation of the Remise and the Orangerie buildings, space will be made available for further automotive activities, “which surely will make headlines. From now on, visions turn into reality”, according to Neumann. The brick-laying ceremony framed by the annual Bugatti Festival at the occasion of Ettore Bugatti’s birhday on September 15, which brings together hundreds of Bugatti fans and their historic vehicles in Molsheim, demonstrated the further progress of the rebirth of the Bugatti brand name and marks the next step in the creation of the high performance sports car, the 16.4 Veyron.