TOUR AUTO

History & winners

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The current Tour Auto Optic 2000 treads in the footsteps of events dating back to the first Tour de France Automobile in 1899. It’s the oldest motor car race still organized!

origins

The “Tour de France Automobile”, under the wing of the Automobile Club de France, was born in 1899. Run again in 1906, taking into consideration the performance of cars at this time, the 4,000 km event was a veritable adventure. The event was interrupted several times, principally due to the wars. The first post WWII event took place in 1951.

The “Tour de France Automobile” was a unique event in the world of motor racing, with a mix of open road, classic race track and hill track scores across France. By the early 1960s, the Tour de France was a simply amazing event. The grids were full of amazing cars driven by stars like Rauno AaltonenJean-Pierre BeltoiseLucien BianchiBernard DarnichePatrick DepaillerVic ElfordGérard LarrousseWilly MairesseTimo MakinenHenri PescaroloJo SchlesserMaurice Trintignant

FIRST RETURN

Stopped once again in 1965, the rally was revived in 1969 thanks to five-time winner Bernard Consten.

This golden era saw prototypes such as Matra 650, Ferrari 512 and Ford GT40 on the roads, as well as the “Tour Auto” name for the first time. Ten years later, economic constraints linked to the oil crisis affected the event. In 1986, due to the lack of sponsors and of competitors, the 50th event was the final one in its original form.

PETER AUTO

In 1992, Patrick Peter brought new blood to the Tour Auto. Supported by several motor racing enthusiasts, he gave the event a second life as an historic event for classic cars of a model that competed in the original Tour de France Automobile between 1951 and 1973. In three years, the Tour Auto became one of the top historic rallies in the world.

The Tour Auto has always been appreciated by renowned drivers and celebrities like Rauno AaltonenRowan Atkinson (Mr Bean), Jürgen BarthFélix BaumgartnerDerek BellGuy Berryman (Coldplay), Jack BrabhamKenny BräckClaude BrasseurFrançois ChatriotErik ComasMaëva Coucke (Miss France), Yannick DalmasBernard DarnicheCyril DespresLuc FerryGuy FréquelinGérard HoltzArsène JiroyanJacques LaffiteGérard LarrousseSimon Le Bon (Duran Duran), Jochen MassStirling MossOlivier PanisHenri PescaroloEmanuele PirroJean RagnottiWalter RörhlArmin SchwarzPatrick TambayAri Vatanen

LIST OF WINNERS

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YEARSECTIONWINNERSMODEL
 1992CompetitionSevin – PerattaPorsche 911
RegularityBinns – CollardFord Cortina
1993CompetitionKoel – HugenholtzFerrari 365 GTB/4
RegularityKohler – MaltzanAustin Healey
1994CompetitionLewis – BellFord GT 40
RegularitySaguato – SaguatoLancia Stratos
1995CompetitionBoell – RuttcherFerrari 365 GTB/4
RegularityRobinet – ChalsecheNSU 1000 TTS
1996CompetitionLarrousse – PerramondPorsche 911 S
RegularityWeiland – WalterMercedes 300 SL
1997CompetitionPescarolo – RivesAC Cobra Daytona
RegularityThiriet – MeffrayTriumph TR3 A
1998CompetitionRöhrl – DauphinPorsche 356 A
RegularityBerstein – KlagesJaguar XK120
1999CompetitionHugenholtz – Hugenholtz-AbriouFord Mustang
RegularityLindner – LindnerPorsche 904 GTS
 2000CompetitionHugenholtz – Hugenholtz-AbriouFord GT 40
RegularityKrieglsteiner – BergerPorsche 356 A
2001CompetitionHugenholtz – Hugenholtz-AbriouFord GT 40
RegularitySucari – CeladaFerrari 365 GTB/4
2002CompetitionChiles – MountfordFord GT 40
RegularitySucari – CeladaFerrari 365 GTB/4
2003CompetitionChiles – MountfordFord GT 40
RegularitySucari – CeladaFerrari 365 GTB/4
2004CompetitionHugenholtz – Hugenholtz-AbriouLotus Elan
RegularitySucari – BaccanelliFerrari 250 GT Lusso
 2005CompetitionSheldon – StevensLotus Elan
RegularityDe Lesseps – BrandAston Martin DB4 GT
2006CompetitionHugenholtz – Hugenholtz-AbriouLotus Elan
RegularityLinwood – LinwoodAlfa Romeo Giulia
2007CompetitionHugenholtz – HugenholtzLotus Elan
RegularityLinwood – LinwoodCitroën SM
2008CompetitionCaron – PayenAC Cobra
RegularityLinwood – LinwoodPorsche 911 RS 2,7l
2009CompetitionLynn – KivlochanFord GT 40
RegularityWillis – WillisMG A
2010CompetitionLajournade – BaronLotus Elan
RegularityDe Miguel – SuarezFerrari 275 GTB
2011CompetitionCaron – DavidAC Corbra
RegularityRuston – HaylockPorsche 356 Speedster
2012CompetitionLynn – KivlochanAC Cobra
RegularityNicoules – GauthierFord Mustang
2013CompetitionMonteverde – PearsonAC Cobra
RegularityNicoules – NicoulesFord Mustang
 2014CompetitionLynn – KivlochanAC Cobra
RegularityMeykan – TervinouAlpine A110 1600 S
2015CompetitionLajournade – BouchetJaguar type E 3,8L
RegularityNicoules – NicoulesAlpine A110 1600 S
2016CompetitionLajournade – BouchetJaguar type E 3,8L
RegularitySucari – SucariFerrari 250 GT Berlinetta
 2017CompetitionSmith – CottinghamFord GT 40
RegularityHinrichsen – MayoMaserati 200 SI
 2018CompetitionFavaro – BadanLotus Elan
RegularityRigondet – SouillardCG 1200 S
 2019CompetitionFavaro – BadanLotus Elan
RegularityHamoniau – LottheFerrari 250 GT Lusso
 2020CompetitionFavaro – Nicolet Jaguar type E 3,8L
RegularityNicoules – NicoulesFord Mustang 289
2021CompetitionVan Riet – WernerShelby Cobra 289
Regularity
Jay – Jay
Lancia Fulvia 1600 HF
2022CompetitionBoutsen – OrdioniShelby Cobra 289
RegularityMartens – PyckVolvo PV 444
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