La Vie en Bleu incorporating La Vita Rossa
Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 May 2017
Prescott Hill Climbs French and Italian motoring festival - a celebration of French and Italian cars, music and entertainment
On the weekend of Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 May 2017, the tenth annual pageant of French motoring excellence – La Vie en Bleu – takes place at Prescott Hill Climb, Gotherington in Gloucestershire – home of the Bugatti Owners' Club. This spectacular two day event has always been a firm favourite in the motoring calendar, and this year will be no exception. Last year ‘La Vito Rossa’ was introduced to also celebrate everything Italian!
Prescott Hill Climb will once again be transformed into a celebration of fine French and Italian automobiles, themed entertainment, musicians, dancers, actors and trade stalls.
This year the event will feature more French and Italian content on the track with special competition classes available for French and Italian marques. A round of the Ferrari Hillclimb Championship is one of the stars on the Saturday. Fans of British cars will also be well catered for with a special class for ERA cars. There will also be non-competitive runs by a LaFerrari and a Bugatti Veyron, plus the new Bugatti Chiron will hopefully make an appearance!
Visitors to Prescott will be in for a real treat, when the ‘Beast of Turin’ roars into action. The Fiat S76, known as the Beast of Turin is the one surviving example of a pair of land speed record contenders the Italian automaker built before WWI. The Beast of Turin’ was built in 1910 with the express intention of beating the land speed record, held at the time by Blitzen-Benz. Its 28.5-litre Fiat S76 engine was capable of providing an impressive 300bhp - enough to propel the car to 116 mph, and a one-mile land speed record, in 1911. After WWI Fiat dismantled one of the two impressive machines to prevent rival manufacturers obtaining its technical secrets, while the other one was purchased by Russian aristocrat Boris Soukhanov. In 2003, engineer enthusiast and current owner Duncan Pittaway Owner discovered the remains of one chassis in Australia, and eventually united it with the surviving S76 engine from the other car. Duncan will be firing up the beast, to compete during the weekend.
Aside from the impressive array of vehicles both on and off track, there will be a whole raft of entertainment to keep the whole family amused. Gracing the main stage will be Roman Marek, the purveyor of ‘cool swing known throughout Europe and the USA for his performance in the hit musical “Rat Pack ¬ Live from Las Vegas”. Roman will bring the style and panache of crooner Frank Sinatra to Prescott as he performs “That’s Amore” to “Mambo Italiano” plus many more.
Plus we welcome the return of Oyster Opera - the magnificent duo regularly performs at celebrity parties, including that of Sir Elton John. Beware you might be invited to waltz along with the soprano to Verdi's Brindisi, be enveloped by a smouldering Carmen, or have a charming Pavarotti serenade you on one knee through the paddock!. Plus La Swing – a jazz quintet performing French Chanson, Gypsy Jazz and 30’s Swing to create a sophisticated French cafe vintage feel.
Alongside the roving accordion player, and popular stilt walkers will be the stunning Vegas Showgirls swapping their feathers for flapper dresses and performing Charleston routines to French inspired Electro Swing songs as well as regular Can Can performances throughout the weekend.
As Nick Mason, Drummer from Pink Floyd, and avid car collector said “The event is quintessentially British - a mini Goodwood Festival of Speed set in the glorious Cotswolds. It’s a club motor sport at its best, where visitors can mingle with the cars, speak to the drivers, and watch rare historic vehicles to modern day supercars being pushed to their limits”.
First car on the track approx. 8.30am both days. Scheduled finish time around 5.30pm.
VISITING CAR CLUBS: Designated parking will be available for visiting car clubs who have been registered. There will be three zones in the Orchard for French, Italian and ‘other marques’ club vehicles.
ADVANCE DISCOUNTED TICKETS: Advance tickets are available on the Prescott Hill Climb online shop for £15 for a day (£20 on the day) or £25 for the weekend (£35 on the day). Ticket prices include car parking and full access to all the public areas including the paddock.
Children 14 years old and under are FREE. You can also purchase tickets over the phone on Tel: (0)1242 673136.
For all the up to date information, please visit: www.prescott-hillclimb.com