Spa-Classic: new record

Two weeks after snow hit the Spa-Francorchamps circuit the competitors in the 9th Spa-Classic only had to cope with a few showers, just enough to add some spice to the spectacle, which didn’t really need it, with 339 cars racing – a record! The public flocked to the track in anticipation of the pleasures that awaited them as the attenda... Read more

The Porsche 917, a victorious car that pushed back the limits!

In 1970 and 1971, the 917 became the first Porsche to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans outright. Like the Lotus 72 in Formula 1 and the Lancia Stratos in rallies, it scored victories galore at the start of the 1970s. After some stunning performances in 1969 the 917 dominated the 1970 and 1971 World Championship for Makes, in particular in the ... Read more

BMW 3.0 CSL Alpina, the peak of the 1970s

During the 1970s, the BMW 3.0 CSL was one of the most successful racing cars and a source of inspiration for contemporary art.  The 3.0 CSL was a homologation special of the E9 destined for racing and was built between 1968 and 1975. The well-known tuner Alpina looked after its development by increasing the power of its 3-litre ... Read more

Porsche 911: a name, a silhouette, a legend

In the history of motor sport and the sports car the instantaneous identification between a manufacturer and a car is a rare phenomenon. This feat has been achieved by Porsche with its 911. The 911 marked the culmination of a design begun by Ferdinand Porsche in 1938 with the first prototype of what would become the Volkswagen Beetle: a ... Read more

Peter Auto magazine #02

The second airing of the Peter Auto magazine will be devoted to the Tour Auto Optic 2ooo. From the glass dome of the Grand Palais to the planks of Deauville, Mylène Dorange follows the event and meets the participants - drivers, road closers, spectators and organisers. On the programme…   _It was almost like being transported ... Read more

Tour Auto Optic 2000: Favaro-Badan crew wins

After the final battle on the Le Mans Bugatti circuit and two special stages the 28th Tour Auto Optic 2000 finished in Normandy. Raphaël Favaro and Yves Badan (Lotus Elan) win for the second consecutive year. Eric Hamoniau and Edouard Lotthe (Ferrari 250 GT Lusso) are first in Regularity. In Deauville the competitors were eagerly awaited ... Read more

Tour Auto Optic 2000: let’s go!

The 240 cars in the Tour Auto 2ooo were on display again this year under the superb glass dome of the Grand Palais halfway between Les Invalides and the Champs-Elysées. Before roaring off along the roads of France the competitors went through scrutineering and administrative checks one by one. They made the final adjustments to their ... Read more

The Lotus Elan, a beguiling English sports car

Like the Triumph Spitfire, the Lotus Elan is part of a memorable generation of nippy little English sports cars that saw the light of day in the 1960s. Between 1962 and 1973 the Elan was one of the great road-going cars in the history of British manufacturer, Lotus, also an innovator and dominator in Formula 1 during this period. Powered ... Read more

Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Tour de France: a car, a race

The common history of Ferrari and the Tour de France automobile is rich in victories and exceptional cars. One of them saw the moniker of the event associated with its name for eternity.   As the 250 generation really consolidated the name of Ferrari, it is one of the most emblematic with its line of cars including the 250 MM, 250 ... Read more

Tour Auto Optic 2000: vanished English makes

Each running of the Tour Auto Optic 2000 highlights a theme connected with the motor car. The 2019 event will pay homage to vanished English makes. They were the creations of cross-channel artisans who were master-craftsmen in the fields of engines and coachwork and they left their own mark on the history of the motor car. Among the ... Read more