Bugatti in Kuwait

left to right - David Grainger, Chris, Zak Dashti, me

Last month I was honoured to be invited out to the Historical, Vintage and Classic car museum in Kuwait for the global reveal of the 1935 Bugatti Aerolithe. It has just been lovingly and painstakingly recreated / rebuilt to the exact specification of the original by The Guild of Automotive Restorers in Canada.

The Aerolithe is a car I have long obsessed over and never thought I would see in the metal. It was one off concept car made by Bugatti in the 1930's. It blew peoples minds at the 1935 Paris motor show then mysteriously disappeared. Heres a post I previously wrote about its history.

I was invited over to Kuwait along with my dad Philip for 5 days, to display my Student project alongside the original. 1935 meets 2025. We were put up in a luxury hotel and dined in the finest restaurants for 4 days. The unveiling event on the Sunday night was incredible. There was dramatic lighting, press everywhere, speeches - the guestlist was like the who's who of Kuwait. We got to meet His Highness Nasser Mohammed Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah, Honorary President of the Historical, Vintage & Classic Car Museum, and were invited for lunch at his Palace the next day. Best of all we got to meet  both the owner of the car, Chris Ohrstrom and the man whos company built it, David Grainger. Thanks to everyone for making it happen, Especially Zak and the team at the museum.  I think I took about 1000 photos, heres a selection!

Kuwait City from our hotel

The Historical, vintage and classic car museum

First sighting of the Aerolithe (we got a sneak peek of it in storage the night before it went into the museum)

the star of the show

my model being prepped by Autoglym

All of the beautiful Stainless Steel parts on the car (Wheels, Grill, Centre strip) were milled and hand finished by my dad Philip Hogg.

The Big night! not many pictures as it was a bit mental. What an experience. The photos without the crowds were taken after the opening had wound down, as it was a little quieter! Last photo is with David Grainger of the guild of automotive restorers. They were filming a reality TV show about him and his company. David's write up of the event here.

So all in all, an incredible, surreal and unforgettable week. Until next time, Kuwait!

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