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L’art Novo: Bugatti’s Glorious past Is Alive at Garage Novo

June 1, 2015
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Drew Christensen
Drew Christensen

That tool he is using at the 1:03 mark, it’s gorgeous. It says “Segto-Metre” on it. Does anyone know antying about it?

RdS
RdS

That was [i]excellent[/i]. Great work..!

Emmanuel Delahaye
Emmanuel Delahaye

Great video about a great family. You guys, at Petrolicious, shoud now pay a visit to Laurent Rondoni and his son Raphael, in Carpentras (South France), who are the best Bugatti’s restoration experts of the country – with Novo family, that is. Laurent Rondoni casualy comes to Mulhouse, where I live, to take care of the Bugattis of the collection Schlumpf when needed. This, alone, says quite a lot, I think – but if you’re fortunate enough (like I was once, in 2008) to visit their garage, you will quickly understand there is much more to tell about them…

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson

Thank you Petrolicious that was quite exquisitely done… more of the old stuff please.

Bohemianracer
Bohemianracer

What a fantastic video on such a beautiful piece of art. I absolutely loved the entire story. Thank you Petrolicious

Redvers Arnold
Redvers Arnold

The atmosphere inside that garage must be fantastic. Great video. In my youth I used to marshal at Prescott Speed Hillclimb which is owned by the Bugatti Owners Club and there were always some fantastic examples of the cars being raced up the hill, beautiful examples of engineering.

Kurt Uzbay
Kurt Uzbay

One of the best-ever features…
I wasn’t on the Planet when Monsieur Novo made his deal with the Gypsies… but I wish I was there…
Kurt

Loic Maschi
Loic Maschi

That is typically the sort of workshop that we have here, in France. Even if most of all these pre-war manufacturers already died, some of father to son workshops contribute to make the Jewels to live. In fact, this is not as rare as we can think to cross the road of a wonderful Bugatti, Delahaye, Talbot or something else in France, because graceful to these little garages, these cars are still on the road and are able to be driven freely on the roads. Just another thing to know, the most important collection of Bugatti sat in Mulhouse in… Read more »

Christopher Gay
Christopher Gay

It’s over??!! New all-time favorite video. I was [i]just[/i] thinking about the first article you did on this family in the early days. Just fantastic. It’s great to get a glimpse into the workshop. I grew up in and still operate in an environment very similar to this. I just love the whole thing, as the shop, the methods, the pace, and whole dynamic are very familiar. There are some old tools in that shop that have been doing good work for a long time. It’s nice to see that knowledge moving down the line. It is rare. Absolutely wonderful.… Read more »

Todd Torabi
Todd Torabi

May be my favorite Petrolicious film of all-time 😉

Stijn Sioen
Stijn Sioen

You have to be in France to see Bugattis driven on the open roadster instead of polished in the garage!
Jean Novo last month at a typical french event:
More of my pictures of this event with some great Bugattis: http://www.flickr.com/photos/stijnsioen/sets/72157652901411122

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger

Stijn – Do you by any chance happen to know anything about the twin French young ladies that seem to show up at almost every driving event in France with their Type 35 ? I’m betting thats a story worth looking into , not to mention worth telling on the likes of Petrolicious

Tom DesRochers
Tom DesRochers

So awesome to see a dirty Bugatti with bugs in the grill being driven on public roads. I suspect Ettore would prefer this type of owner rather than a collector who never drives his creations.

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger

No doubt . Along with the silent majority such as myself having become tired of trailer queens and 100 point restorations that never see the pavement . My usual comment being ; ” Designers , engineers , craftsmen , artisans and mechanics have sweated blood to make the car work so out of respect if not for the love of their memory : Drive the ___ thing ! ” Which this family obviously does . FYI ; Petrolicious staff ; I’m on my 3rd viewing today because yeah : Its that good a story as well as that good a… Read more »

Afshin Behnia
Afshin Behnia

TJ,

Thanks for the kind words, and I’m glad you’ve enjoyed it so much!

I have to admit, that prior to getting a ride in Novo’s Bugatti as Matthew Lange mentioned above, I was very ignorant about the experience of pre-war cars. Riding in that Type 35B the way that Fred Novo drove it was an eye-opening experience! Everything I love about ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s cars was so much more amplified in that Bugatti.

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger

To put it in baseball terms Afshin ; You knocked this one outta the ball park and clear into the next county . On as I stated above each and every level .

Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange

Fabulous video. I can also confirm from the last two Journées d’Automne that trying to keep up with Fred Novo in a Bugatti T35 is quite a challenge on French back roads, even in a rather more modern and powerful car.

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger

If you’ve ever driven a T35 yourself you know just how talented a driver Fred Novo is to be putting up that much of a challenge . Suffice it to say I have and to be blunt : It aint easy even in comparison to other cars of the era . I can’t even begin to comprehend how many hours it must of taken for him to be able to say now its just like driving a modern car . Amazing ! This family has my respect on so many levels ……………..

Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange

If you haven’t already you might want to read Petrolicious’ Afshin’s experiences of a few circuit laps with Fred http://www.petrolicious.com/fearing-death-in-a-1927-bugatti-is-addicting

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger

I had not so thanks . The link didn’t work but I found it along with the previous article Petrolicious had done on Garage Novo on the browser . So again mille grazie for the heads up

Dennis White
Dennis White

Those darn gypsies again! Enveloped in the aura of automotive history and atmosphere. A beauty you guys!

Stephen Fitzgerald
Stephen Fitzgerald

Last week was good. This week is all time. This video has everything! Authenticity, history, family, beauty, and a healthy dose of perfect je ne sais quoi. Cheers!

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger

Absolutely and beyond any shadow of a doubt the best video Petrollicious has ever produced ! I cringed as it came to an end wishing there could be more . As to the shop ? You know the book featured yesterday on automotive travels in France ? For me , in truth , I’d be perfectly thrilled to travel to France just to sweep the floors at L’Art Novo for a week even if it meant paying for the privilege just for the pure joy of soaking up the all sights and sounds of their incredible work and all the… Read more »

Emanuel Costa
Emanuel Costa

That must be your most emotive comment ever! but agree

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger

Suffice it to say this one hit me on so many levels I could barely contain myself and am now on my 4th viewing . And as far as the compliments they are all well deserved and may after thinking about it be a bit of an understatement . I’m not blowing smoke up your nose when I say this video : From the story – to the cinematography – to the editing – and right down to the placement of the background music [ I love the moment with the music box music as they drop a ring into… Read more »

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger

My previous number one if anyone’s curious is Rafa’s video on master bicycle builder / artisan Dario Pegoretti called ” D’Aciaio ; A profile of Dario Pegoretti “.

Tony Karnezis
Tony Karnezis

Thanks for sharing that.