Adam and his Type37a
Adam, could you give us a
rundown on the history of your
Photographic evidence together with research by Pierre-Yves Laugier strongly suggest that 37327 was used in the 1927 Targa Florio driven by Louis Charavel (Sabipa). Targa Florio features include the wider than standard radiator, large brake drums, twin fuel filler caps, a Brescia hand brake lever and the chassis has been drilled to enable a second spare wheel to be mounted on the right hand side.
After the Targa Florio, the car returned to the works where is was freshened and then delivered “new” to Louis Chiron on 21st April 1928. Later in 1928, the car was registered 10-E-36 and was owned and driven by Jean Claude d’Ahetze. Who campaigned 37327 in a number of Grand Prix including the 1928 Bugatti Grand Prix at the Circuit de la Le Mans and in the 1928 Grand Prix of Europe.
In 1929, 37327 was sold to Vincent Tersen who used the car to compete in races and hill climb events. Tersen was moderately successful with this 37A. On 18th March 1931 the car was registered to Andre Vagniez who competed in five Grand Prix throughout Europe with reasonable success. The car then had several additional owners in Europe.
In 1958, 37327 was imported to Australia from the Belgian Bugatti dealers, de Dobbeleer. The car was purchased by William and Jim Leech and successfully campaigned in historic motor racing events throughout Australia. In 1981, Richard Berryman purchased the car which is now owned by his son Adam Berryman and regularly competes in historic motor racing events throughout Australia and internationally.
How did your father acquire the
In 1981, Richard Berryman purchased the car from Bill and Jim Leech.
What is the earliest/favourite
memory of yours driving the
Bugatti with your Father?
My earliest and fondest memories are driving up to Winton where my father drove in the regularity events. It was always cold, often wet but nevertheless enormous fun.
What was the experience like
taking the 37a over to Monaco
to compete with Andrew Cannon
in the Type 51a?
Monaco Historique has been a bucket list event ever since I have heard about it. Having our entries accepted was the first achievement. Getting the cars prepared and ready was the next challenge. Finally, we had to ship them there in time for the event. The cars arrived in England where we had planned on spending five or so days driving across France, over the French Alps and down into Monaco. We teamed up with a few other Bugatti owners for the trip. This was by far and away the highlight of the trip. Racing in Monaco was brilliant. The standard of car preparation is extraordinary. The racing is fierce, fast and dangerous. So was the partying. Unforgetable!
When did you discover your
passion for racing and vintage
It’s in the DNA. Three generation worth. As far back as I can remember, I would potter around in the garage whilst my dad restored an MG P Type. I would build billy carts in the style of Cooper Climax racing cars. My Dad took me to historic racing when I was 5 or 6 and I simply loved it. It’s addictive, you know…
What do you have in store for
your Bugatti in the next 12
A few Rallies with Bugatti Club Australia and some historic racing. BCA has a combined run with the Ferrari Club in November. Its always a great day. In April next year, BCA has its major rally in Mt Gambier over three days. These types of events are perfect for pre-war cars. Great roads, scenery, food, wine and people. You can’t beat it.
Finally You have the Bugatti and
the K3 MG as well, but over the
last few years you have got into
open wheel 60s period racing.
What made you tap into that
period of racing?, ie the Cooper
I have raced karts since I was 12. That gave me the taste for open wheelers. After karts I went into Formula Ford. First racing in the State series, then later into Historic Formula Fords. I still have a Van Diemen RF86. I think HFF are the best kept secret in historic racing. Fast, competitive racing in beautiful state of the art, pucker little racing cars.
In the past my Dad owned Cooper Climax Grand Prix cars and I have always wanted to race them. I restored the Cooper T70 which is the first car built by Bruce McLaren, so it’s really a McLaren. It won the 1964 Tasman Series incl NZ GP. It’s an unbelievable car to drive. So fast… I love it.