Yes Bugatti is French but founder Ettore was Italian.
If you haven't driven in the Alps, it's an absolute must. The endless ribbons of pristine Alpine driving roads in central Europe are home to several high-end car shows for obvious reasons. The Passione Engadina is one such classic car show that is uber-limited in its display, and attendees, and as such is already sold out for the August 2022 event. And of course, a high-end marque such as Bugatti will be out in force with its very limited production cars to showcase to the world, or the world elite more likely.
As the title sponsor, Bugatti promises to bring examples of its French-built cars like the Bugatti Chiron and its historical legends that "pay tribute to the marque's extraordinary impact on automotive design and development."
While Bugatti might have a legendary past, the Passione Engadina has more of a brief history. Now in its 11th edition, the exclusive show isn't all that large compared to say, Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este held at Lake Como in the neighboring Italian Alps. But it is very niche being that the show is limited to pre-1992 Italian vehicles but is honoring Bugatti in 2022 as an "important and historical French brand with a meaningful connection with the Italian territory, where Ettore Bugatti was born in Milan."
Held on the grounds of the Kulm Hotel and Country Club in breathtaking St. Moritz, Switzerland, the views are stunning from every angle. The grounds, the roads, and even the local Engadin Airport are surrounded by dramatic mountainscapes where it is impossible to take a bad photo even for an amateur photographer on a Nokia flip phone.
Several events are planned for the 2022 event. Among the highlights of the three-day spectacle are the Julius Baer Rally, Ladies' Cup, St. Moritz Challenge Cup, and the Concours itself, Eleganza in Movimento. Bugatti vehicles from many decades will be on display and participate in all functions as show organizers promise "attendees will see some of the most spectacular and renowned cars. Registration is open to 100/110 Bugatti or Italian classic cars manufactured up to 1992."
Since most of Bugatti's recent history has been stellar, we're sure many late-model hypercars will show up for display. We saw a trio of Bugatti record breakers at Goodwood this year and the Passione Engadina will likely have them right beside Ettore's creations from the 1920s and 30s. The show will run from August 23-26 and until then we say "saluti" to all attendees showing their Italian classics.