Grand Prix de l’Age d’Or: latest news!
The 54th Grand Prix de l’Age d’Or will take place on the Dijon-Prenois circuit during the weekend of 8-10 June 2018. This classic meeting has been on the calendar of historic events for half-a-century and its name is one of the best-known in Europe.
In addition, in 2014 the Grand Prix de l’Age d’Or was back in the hands of its former promoter, Peter Auto, whose aim was to apply to it the knowhow acquired with benchmark events that have built its reputation like Le Mans Classic, the Tour Auto Optic 2ooo and Chantilly Arts & Elégance Richard Mille. The 2017 grand prix confirmed the success of the new formula as it attracted 15 000 spectators, a figure synonymous with constant progression.
This year almost 300 cars retracing the history of motor sport from the 1930s to 2000 are again expected to take to the track. Eight grids are on the line-up for the event: Classic Endurance Racing 1 & 2, Euro F2 Classic, Heritage Touring Cup, Sixties’ Endurance, The Greatest’s Trophy, the new 2.0L Cup created by Peter Auto reserved for pre-1966 2-litre short chassis Porsche 911s as well as the guest grid, the Legend Trophy. A ninth grid made up of the Global Endurance Legends cars will put on three demonstrations.
On track and in the air
The public can access the paddock free of charge where they can rub shoulders with the drivers and their cars. And as was the case at the previous events, they can approach well-known figures like Gérard Larrousse, two-time winner of the Le Mans 24 Hours, former manager of Renault Sport in Formula 1 and Sports Prototypes, who then set up his own F1 team. And of course, René Arnoux, who was involved in the legendary duel with Gilles Villeneuve in the 1979 French Grand Prix on the Dijon-Prenois circuit. There will be numerous activities, and stalls will sell scale models, accessories and motor car souvenirs of all kinds. They provide the other centres of interests in the paddock and their aim is to encourage the public to share the universe of historic cars.
The Peter Auto events reserve a privileged welcome for the makes’ clubs. This year they will be even more numerous than in the past and will be able to enjoy taking part in track sessions on the circuit. Once again, the Grand Prix de l’Age d’Or will highlight some of the halo models of world aviation that will come and add a touch of extra excitement to the skies above the circuit on Saturday afternoon. A Sea Fury from 1949 in the colours of the Royal Australian Navy used in the Korean War, a Morane Saulnier MS406, one of the best-known French combat planes in World War II, plus a North American T-6, the standard plane for training fighter pilots from the ranks of the Allies during World War II, will be the stars of the air show.