An era is coming to an end for the famous campogalliano blue factory (MO), the one which, between 1987 and 1995, hosted Bugatti Cars and saw the production of 139 fabulous Bugatti EB110s.
Ezio and Enrico Pavesithe guardians who have preserved the history and memory of the Italian Bugatti, leave their garrison at the Modena factory to leave it to its future, already sketched out by its new owner, the American collector and investor Adrien Labi, who has already begun to work on its transformation into a workshop and a museum.
Janitors Say Goodbye
The Pavesi family, which in recent years has taken care of the upkeep and preservation of the Fabbrica Blu (the blue factory) in the state it was in during the glorious era of its creation, as well as the guided tours and historical archives of the adventure set up by Romano Artioli, ends his commitment as caretaker by talking about “projects that are not in line with their values”.
Ezio and Enrico Pavesi
Specifically Ezio Pavesi, in the factory since 1991, says:
“I have always dreamed of being part of the new life of the factory, I have given advice and offered my help. In recent months, I have seen with my own eyes all the trees and the greenery that I have taken care over the years to be cut within days, tiles removed from the floors and all desks and equipment left behind I think this gem of history and tradition is not valued enough. I hope from the bottom of my heart that the future of Fabbrica Blu will be bright, but I cannot identify with the current project.”
His son, Enrico Pavesi, adds:
“Today I am 24 years old and I was born in this factory, my whole life is linked to this place. I have helped my father since I was a child – first out of obligation and then out of passion. I watched my father dedicate his life and fight for this place without ever giving up. Every visitor we had was passionate and amazed by every story told by the factory. It breaks my heart to see this era come to an end, d ‘especially since I know what this means for my father and my family.However, we will continue our commitment through the archives kept by the historical and cultural association “Bugatti Automobili Campogalliano APS”.
The non-profit historical and cultural association “Bugatti Cars Campogalliano APS“, founded in 2021, aims to collect, safeguard, protect and enhance all the historical heritage linked to the presence of the Bugatti brand in Italy between 1987 and 1990. Its archives currently contain more than 1000 objects and documents related to the history of Bugatti Automobili in Campogalliano and an important photographic archive. The objective is to find a physical place where he can create a meeting space, a “sanctuary”, to continue collecting and telling the story of the Italian Bugatti .
The father of the blue factory is puzzled
After the announcement of the “surrender” of the guardians of the Blue Factory, we contacted the father of the Bugatti factory in Campogalliano, the architect Giampaolo Benediniwho admitted to being perplexed by the first works visible from the outside of the building, and in particular by the felling of trees: there were more than a hundred of them (including a century-old poplar), there are no more only two.
Benedini tells us:
“La Fabbrica Blu is an icon linked to the brand, the territory and the community. Judging by the first signs, the debris visible outside the factory and the total removal of vegetation, the risk is to lose the history and nature of a work that has been created as such down to the smallest detail.
On the other hand, it seems strange that the works, apparently started before the presentation of a project and the relevant authorizations, did not start with the roof, which, after years of neglect, was in urgent need of care” .
This is one of the reasons why the architect Benedini, who designed the Bugatti Automobili factory, asked the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage to intervene to protect his project, given that the first signs seem to be going to the against the originality of a work of art, which as such must be protected against deformations which would reduce its value.
A word with the new owners
To be fair, we also spoke to the new owner of the former Bugatti factory, namely Francesco Panzerirepresentative of Fabbrica Blu Srl., the company that will manage the activities of the plant. the company that will manage the activities of the new center-museum wanted by Adrien Labi.
This is what Panzeri tells us, which is also in charge of the logistics of the cars that will be moved and stored in Campogalliano through the Swiss company RPM Logistic System Sa:
“For the former Bugatti factory, the time has come to turn the page and welcome Europe’s largest car museum by bringing the interiors up to standard with the necessary works. The trees have also been cut down to resolve legal complaints with neighboring properties. New plantings will follow.”
Speaking of goalkeepers, Panzeri added that he was “admiring what they have done”and also invited the architect Benedini to a constructive dialogue.