Marc Nicolosi has died
The whole Peter Auto team is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Marc Nicolosi without whom the historic car world would not be what it is today.
Marc Nicolosi forged his reputation in the 1960s by restoring historic cars in the “garage du collectionneur” installed on the “nationale” 6 near Avallon. In 1974, thanks to his great reputation he was asked to organise a temporary exhibition called Alpha Auto whose aim was to promote the launch of the Big encyclopedia of the Motor Car. His first venture was a resounding success. It took place in the former Vincennes train station on place de la Bastille in Paris and inspired him to launch Retromobile, which he organised for the first time two years later. Together with François Melcion, he held the reins of the exhibition until 2003 when he stepped down to devote himself to the Club Bugatti France of which he was the president.
Nicolosi was also a regular figure at historic competitions in which he sometimes took part, mainly at the wheel of a Type 35 Bugatti. In the early noughties he helped Sylviane and Patrick Peter to create Le Mans Classic by dividing the cars up into grids – another great idea!
He will be in the thoughts of the whole historic car world next February at the launch of the 45th running of Rétromobile. The whole Peter Auto team would like to send their deepest condolences to his family and his nearest and dearest.