Only the most avid car enthusiast will want to contend with the archaic translation, the facts and figures surrounding the rise of one of Europe's leading sports car manufacturers. But those few will find the automotive entrepreneur a kind of Leonardo da Vinci of the mechanical world. Brought up in an artistic atmosphere, Ettore Bugatti learned to appreciate the kind of observation fundamental to creativity and he discovered his own intuitive grasp of machinery. After only a year's apprenticeship, at the age of nineteen, he designed and built the first light car. Continued success, interrupted only by two World Wars, saw him with his own German factory in which not only the car parts but the tools to manufacture them were of his own design. He tried his skill with railcars, speedboats and aircraft. The races, described here, add the book's only touch of zest since his son's prose (unfortunately) is also mechanical.