Guy Bouriat

Guy Bouriat

16/5/1902 - 21/5/1933

Guy Bouriat, also known as the Comte Quintart, drove Bugatti's from 1928 until his death in 1933

Guy Bouriat also known as the Comte Quintart was born in Paris, France. He drove Bugatti's from 1928 until his death in 1933.

He started his racing career in the mid 1920s, and in 1927 he finished 5th overall with Pierre Bussienne in the 24 Hours of Le Mans driving a 1100cc EHP DS.

The following year he finished 7th in the Gran Premio d'Italia in a Bugatti T35 and in 1929 he took second 2nd in the Grand Prix de Bourgogne driving a Bugatti 35C.

He finished 2nd in both the Monaco GP, the Premio Reale di Roma and the Belgian GP in 1930 driving a  Bugatti T35C. In the Belgian Grand Prix, Bouriat had a huge lead in the closing stages, but was under orders to let team leader Chiron win. He parked just short of the finish-line on the last lap and waited two minutes for Chiron to catch up. He then calmly drove across the line to take second place.

1931 in the Gran Premio d'Italia raced over 1557.745 km. he came 3rd sharing with Albert Divo in a Bugatti T51 and, at the Grand Prix de l'A.C.F. over a distance of 1268.825 km he was 7th again sharing with Albert Divo.

In 1933 he was 5th in the Grand Prix de Pau in his Bugatti T51 but at the non-championship Grand Prix de Picardie in May he lost his life.

He was leading hotly pursued by Philippe "Phi-Phi" Etancelin. On lap lap 11 Etancelin got past with Bouriat following. On lap 16, in the village of Villars, Bouriat clipped the Alfa Romeo of backmarker Julio Villars as he was lapping him. Travelling at 150 kmh the Bugatti left the road, crashed into a tree and caught fire. Bouriat was killed instantly. The fire was so violent that the body of the unfortunate Bouriat was recovered totally charred.

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