How the Bugatti Chiron got its name
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How the Bugatti Chiron got its name

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[SOUND] [MUSIC] Bugatti's latest car, the Chiron, much like its predecessor, Veron, is named after a legendary racing driver. So here's a potted history of Louis Chiron, the man, the legend, the racer, the. Dancer, unlike many racing drivers of his generation, Shiron wasn't born to rich parents. Both of his worked in a hotel. And after a stint working as a chauffeur during World War I, Shiron ended up working at the Hotel De Pairee in Monaco as a dance partner to the wealthy ladies around town. Huron was a young, charming, charismatic, good looking your man so you can see it was easy for him to woo the ladies of Monte Carlo. However, he had his eyes set on a different prize. While he was very good at his job, he wanted to be a racing driver Now, dance partner Theresa does seem like a little bit of a leap, doesn't it? But the ladies he was dancing with were a pretty good source of contact and cash. So sooner or later he found himself with a sponsorship to former heir Alfred Hoffman's racing team. And a shiny new Bugatti. Chiron managed to make up for his more humble beginnings to Bugatti, by being an amazing driver. Kicking **** all over the place. And he was heavily involved in setting up the first Monaco Grand Prix. Now, being Monegasque, that's the race he wanted to win. And as it stands, he's the only one to win his home race. 1932 saw Chevron's relationship with both Hoffman and Bugatti come to an end. The former because of allegedly being a little more involved with the team boss' wife than he probably should be. And the latter because Bugatti's team boss was getting a little bit bored with Chevron ignoring team orders. Broke's style was good. It was smooth. It was a winning strategy. And he ended that racing for a [UNKNOWN] to Ferrari in his Alpha Romeo team. World War II put a stop to [UNKNOWN] racing in Europe for well, obvious reasons but after the conflict ended Sharon got back. In the seat. He ended up being the oldest person to ever compete in a Formula 1 race. Coming 6th in the 1955 Monaco Grand Prix shortly before he turned 56. There is one story that shows Sheron in a less than favorable light. At the 1949 Monte Carlo rally he essentially ended the career of one of the most legendary female drivers there ever was. Helle Nice, she like Sharon came from a humble beginning. She worked the casino in Paris. She'd been a dancer, and even a nude model, but she turned her hand to racing and raced a Type 35 Bugatti. She was so good that one publication even nicknamed her later the Bugatti Queen. At the 1949 Monte Carlo Rally, Sharon approached Nice. And now he proclaims that she worked for the Gestapo during World War two, the fallout from this was understandably massive, protest to the race organizer fell on deaf ears, Sharon had called for her to barred from the competition, her career effectively ended all of her sponsorships dried up She died in poverty and alone after his mechanic/lover ran off with the last of her cash. The weird thing is, no one knows why Chiron approached Nice, and there was actually no evidence linking her with the Gestapo in the first place. Even after he retired from professional racing, Chevron remained heavily involved with motor sports even being the connoisseur general of the 1979 Monaco Grand Prix. Shortly after he dropped the flag, he passed away. He left behind him a career that very few would ever be able to replicate their highs, lows, and plenty of wins. And now Louis Chiron will be forever associated with the fastest car on the planet. [MUSIC] [SOUND]

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