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Tour Auto Optic 2ooo – Special 25th Anniversary Event

Posted by on Nov 4, 2015

A Final Under Starry Skies! The next Tour de France Auto Optic 2000 on 18-24 April 2016 is an anniversary event. Bearing this in mind it will give the 240 participants a new-for-2016 route, which will finish for the first time in the Peter Auto era with a nighttime run on well-known rally roads in the countryside above the Côte d’Azur. The cars which have made the Tour a legend will have the place of honour for this occasion : Ferrari 250 GT Competizione, Jaguar 3,8l MKII, Ligier JS2 and Matra MS650… As is tradition, the 2016 Tour Auto Optic 2000 will begin on Monday, April 18, by a car exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris. The next day (Tuesday, April 19), competitors will start from the French capital to travel along roads and race on circuits all...

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At the Finish Line of the Tour Auto

Posted by on Apr 30, 2015

The Ferrari spectacular winds its way from Paris to Biarritz After 1,900 kilometres, the 24th edition of the Tour Auto has reached its finish-line in sunny Biarritz. It proved an unforgettable experience for all 233 participants who set off from the Grand Palais in Paris, taking in lovely cities of the likes of Vichy, Clermont-Ferrand and Toulouse, as they made their way across France. The owners also had the opportunity to put their cars to the test on the historic circuits at Magny-Cours and Pau before they reached the Basque Coast. They were joined en route too by dozens of Ferrari clients and collectors in models past and present, including F40s, FFs, a 250 GTO, F12berlinettas, a 275 GTB and LaFerraris. A spectacular addition to an already spectacular event.   Source: Ferrari...

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Ferrari Results for the 2015 Tour Auto Optic 2ooo

Posted by on Apr 27, 2015

The 24th edition of the Tour Auto Optic 2ooo was held from April 20 to 25, 2015. Organized by Peter Auto, this annual event, gathering 225 classic cars, remained a major event of the historical motor racing calendar that it has become. The 2015 Tour Auto Optic 2ooo began on Monday, April 20, with a display of the entrants in the Grand Palais in Paris. From Tuesday to Saturday, April 25, the Tour went from Paris to Biarritz, and visited the cities of Vichy, Clermont-Ferrand, Toulouse and Pau.   Ferrari Results in the Tour Auto Optic 2ooo are here. Images from Arnaud Meunier at arno-m@orange.fr For day to day information of the Tour, search this site under Tour Auto.  For more general information, visit www.peterauto.peter.fr  ...

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Tour Auto Saturday 25th April: Pau to Biarritz

Posted by on Apr 26, 2015

For the final leg, the first crews rose at dawn for the last time and started their day on the Pau-Arnos circuit for the final showdown on track. By late morning, one last special stage brought to a close the timed sessions. Then, competitors gathered to enjoy a picnic at Bastide Clairence. Founded in 1314 by Louis, the 1st King of Navarre and future king of France to provide an outlet to the sea, “Bastida Clarenza” is marked by the population and religion diversity due to its status. White front striped green or red – remember, however, that we are in the Basque Country. After snacking, the participants of the Tour Auto gradually came down to sea level to complete the 1,905 km of the 24th edition of the Tour Auto Optic 2ooo and reached Biarritz and its Cité...

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Tour Auto Friday 24th April: Toulouse to Pau

Posted by on Apr 25, 2015

The penultimate day had no circuit competitions, but two special stages on closed roads. After being timed first in the morning, the competitors enjoyed a lunch held at the Abbaye de l’Escaladieu (The Escaladieu – Scala Dei in Latin – meaning “scale of God”). Founded around 1140 at the confluence of the Arros and Luz, the Abbey is at the foot of the Château de Mauvezin, in a wooded valley near the two spas of Capvern and Bagneres de Bigorre. The magic of the site and the purity of the architecture were an invitation to serenity and travel. Once passed this French heritage’s site, the cars began the second stage of the day before going to Pau.   Please click here for the list of Ferraris competing in the 2015 Tour Auto. Tour results for the Ferraris entered coming...

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Tour Auto Thursday 23rd April: Clermont-Ferrand to Toulouse

Posted by on Apr 24, 2015

From Clermont-Ferrand, the competitors covered some 463 km of open country roads in what is the second longest stage of the event 2015. The road book led them on the roads of the two special stages of the day, followed by lunch at Domaine de la Goudalie, an historical place of the Rouergue, built in the early 19th. In the afternoon, there followed the confrontation on the historic circuit of Albi, a long 3,565 meters set in 1959 in the town of Le Sequestre in the Tarn. Finally, this hearty day ended in Toulouse – known as the “Pink City” because of the color of its traditional local building material: terracotta brick – which hosted for the fourth time the Tour Auto Optic 2ooo.   Please click here for the list of Ferraris competing in the 2015 Tour Auto....

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Tour Auto Wednesday 22nd April: Vichy to Clermont-Ferrand

Posted by on Apr 23, 2015

In the aftermath of the first warm-up stage, the competitors of the Tour Auto Optic 2ooo performed in two special stages before the lunch break at Castle Parentignat, nicknamed the little Versailles of Auvergne. Spared at the revolution, including the house where Marechal de La Fayette lived, who played a decisive role in the US war of independence, the Castle Parentignat houses one of the largest private collections of paintings by French masters of 17th and 18th centuries. Then, participants went to the highly discriminating Charade circuit for more track time before ending the day in Clermont-Ferrand, in the prefecture of Puy-de-Dôme and capital city of the Auvergne, whose economy is closely linked since the mid-20th century to the French Michelin tire factory which has strongly influenced the development of the city. The Tour competitors were exhibited in the...

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The Ferrari 488 GTB Star at the Grand Palais

Posted by on Apr 23, 2015

Unveiling in Paris of the new V8 and start of the Tour Auto The 488 GTB was the star of the Grand Palais for two days, for its French premiere at the departure of the Tour Auto. Hundreds of guests and journalist joined the unveilings, that took place at the presence of the Scuderia Ferrari test driver Jean Eric Vergne and the former Formula 1 driver Jacques Lafitte. Over 200 exceptional cars, among which a 250 GTO and a few 275 GTB, left Paris on Tuesday morning to discover the most beautiful roads of France. All these lucky drivers will join Biarritz on Saturday afternoon for an stunning arrival on the seaside.   Source: Ferrari Media...

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Tour Auto Tuesday 21st April: Paris to Vichy

Posted by on Apr 22, 2015

Just as dawn was breaking, the cars left the Grand Palais to go to the Château de Courances where the official start of the 2015 event was taken. Located at forty-seven kilometers southeast of Paris in the French Gâtinais and department of Essonne, the Château de Courances was built between 1622 and 1630 by Claude Gallard and has seen many changes over the centuries. After being abandoned in the 19th century, it was completely restored in 1872 by Baron Samuel Haber, a rich Swiss banker looking for a large house. He took the opportunity to add important elements, including the famous horseshoe staircase, copied from the Palace of Fontainebleau, and the red brick on all façades, typical of the Louis XIII era, but non-existent until late 19th. Its gardens are considered as one of the finest in France and...

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Ferraris to Partake in 2015 Tour Auto

Posted by on Mar 4, 2015

The 24th edition of the Tour Auto Optic 2ooo will be held from April 20 to 25, 2015. Organized by Peter Auto, this annual event, gathering 225 classic cars, remains a major event of the historical motor racing calendar. As is tradition, the 2015 Tour Auto Optic 2ooo will begin on Monday, April 20 by a not-to-be missed day when the competing cars will be displayed in Paris. The next day (Tuesday, April 21), competitors will start from the capital for five days of discovery along the French secondary roads, marked by timed sessions on circuits and road stages closed sections. The finish flag will be waived on Saturday, April 25 on the evening of the last leg. The Tour Auto will be from Paris to Biarritz, and will visit the cities of Vichy, Clermont-Ferrand, Toulouse and Pau. Already...

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1960 Winner Comes Home to the Tour Auto

Posted by on Apr 28, 2014

At the recent Tour Auto in France, a welcome visitor was the 250 GT SWB, s/n 2129 GT, which actually was 1st OA in the 1960 Tour de France, driven by Willy Mairesse and Georges Berger. After a grueling week of track events and over the road time trials, this SWB came home first against some very tough competition, including other GT Ferraris, all driven by top drivers, such was the prestige of this event. The story of this car in the 1960 Tour de France, and the other Ferraris in that race, can be found in Cavallino 172 in an extensive and detailed article by Germain Mallejac. The current Tour Auto is a recreation of those great days, more subdued and less overtly competitive, but still an attraction to the cars that competed there in its heyday. This...

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Legendary Breadvan Revisits Legendary Race

Posted by on Apr 28, 2014

At the recent Tour Auto in France, which sent classic sports cars from the ‘60s and ‘70s all over the French countryside, from Paris to Marseille, there was a special guest, the 250 GT SWB, s/n 2819 GT, now famously known as the Breadvan. This rare specimen started out as a regular SWB, and as such, was second in the Tour de France of 1961 in the hands of Olivier Gendebien and Lucien Bianchi. In 1962, Count Giovanni Volpi and his SSS Scuderia Serenissima hired Giotto Bizzarrini to redo the car to compete with the new 250 GTOs. The story of this car can be found in Cavallino issue 135 in an article by Marc Sonnery, and in the excellent book “Rebel Rebel: Breadvan: The Most Recognizable Ferrari in the World” by Marc Sonnery and Keith Bluemel. In Cavallino...

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