Rare Bugatti wins top honors at Pioneer Days Car Show

Photo courtesy of the Snowflake/Taylor Chamber of Commerce Alan Travis of Show Low earned Best of Show honors at the Pioneer Days Car Show with this 1913 Bugatti Type 22 Racing Car.

The Pioneer Days Car Show, held July 22 at the Snowflake Community Golf Course, saw many returning car show participants as well as many new faces added to the participant roster.

One new face was this year’s Best in Show winner, Alan Travis of Show Low. His 1913 Bugatti Type 22 Racing Car, oldest of three in the world that runs, is considered very rare. In its heyday the car raced in Sweden with a top speed of 77.34 mph. Retired from racing in 1925, the car was stored in a building in Sweden until Travis purchased it and shipped it to the U.S. He picked it up in Houston the day Trump won the election and began a 1,200-hour restoration of the vehicle. The Pioneer Days Car Show is the first show this Bugatti has seen in 90 years.

Travis’ collection contains some of the oldest cars in the world, which he plans on showing at future Pioneer Days Car Show events.

The car show offers 30 entry classes from street rods and vintage/antiques, to muscle cars, trucks and everything in between, as well as motorcycles and semi-trucks. Attendees enjoy strolling through the car show, stopping to admire their favorites. And car show participants love sharing the history and stories about their vehicles.