Peter Auto Magazine #04
The Magazine Peter Auto #04 helps the viewer to discover the 2019 Grand Prix de l’Age d’Or, one of the oldest historic car racing events in the world! In the past, it took place on the Rouen-les-Essarts circuit followed by the Montlhéry oval. Since 2005, it has been run on the Dijon-Prenois track.
_Mylène, our host, arrives inside the circuit at the wheel of an E-Type Jaguar. She is directed to the club zone where she meets up with other historic car enthusiasts. 650 came to Dijon to display their collector cars and take advantage of the two daily track sessions to enjoy themselves behind the wheel.
_The Peter Auto events provide opportunities to see legendary cars like Ford GT40s, Porsche 917s, Ferrari 250 GTs and also to discover little-known low-cost sports cars like the Devin D Spyder from the 1950s, which has risen in value to the extent that it is now included in the The Greatest’s Trophy!
_For once, the programme of the meeting was completed by a guest grid, the Formula Junior – FIA Lurani Trophy. In the 1960s, this championship comparable to today’s F4, attracted small single-seaters with engines of 1000 to 1100. The cars bear glorious names like Brabham, Cooper and Lotus.
_Those coming to the Dijon-Prenois circuit are always reminded of the most famous duel in the history of F1 between Gilles Villeneuve and René Arnoux. It happened 30 years in the French Grand Prix, a race that’s famous for more than one reason as it was also the theatre of the first victory by Renault and by a turbocharged engine in the world championship.
_Before revolutionising F1, turbo technology had proved itself in endurance. It appeared in the 1974 24 Hours of Le Mans in a Porsche 911, and won the race in 1976 in a Porsche 936. Several of these trail-blazing cars race in the Classic Endurance Racing 2 grid.
_John Minshaw in his E-Type Jaguar finally broke four years of Shelby Cobra domination in Sixties’ Endurance. The British driver conquered the American armada and was in his element on the undulating Dijon Prenois layout: he also drove the 2-hour race single-handed!
_There are now seven manufacturers represented in the Heritage Touring Cup: Alfa Romeo, AMC, BMW, Chevrolet, Ford, Jaguar, Opel and Triumph. The latest arrival is a Jaguar XJS from 1981, a beefy coupe from the workshops of the redoubtable Tom Walkinshaw Racing team powered by a big 5.3-litre V12.
_Sixties’ Endurance is a victim of its success and the number of entrants is sometimes limited by the capacity of the track. There were 61 cars at the start at Dijon! The 2.0L Cup, a series reserved for pre-1966 Porsche 911s, was created last year to relieve congestion in this grid and allow everybody to race .
_Two little-known American cars appeared for the first time in Endurance Racing Legends at the 2019 Grand Prix de l’Age d’Or: an imposing 750 bhp Ford Mustang Cobra that raced in the 1995 Daytona 24 Hours and a Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 which, the same year, limped home to the chequered flag in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
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