Magazine Peter Auto #08 – Dix Mille Tours 2019
Magazine Peter Auto #08 – Dix Mille Tours 2019

Hello and welcome to the south of France.
Yes, I have this little umbrella, for it rains at this final race weekend, at the
Circuit Paul Ricard. I’m here at the medieval town of Le Castellet, situated between
Marseille and Toulon. This region will be the backdrop for the season finale of the Peter
Auto Series, the 10.000 Tours. During the Sixties, Paul Ricard decides
to build a motor racing circuit, close to the town of Le Castellet. This circuit is unique,
thanks to its very long straight, the Mistral straight, which is 1,8 kms long. The circuit
is inaugurated in 1970, with a 4-hour race for the 2-litre world championship. That race was won by the Chevron B16
of Brian Redman, a car identical to this car, entered in CER 1. Here at the wheel
is Pierre Fillon, president of the ACO. The CER grid was of a very high level
this weekend, with no fewer than three Porsche 917. Claudio Rodaro drives
one of them, who was fighting for the title against the Lola T70 of Toni Seiler. And after the one hour race, it’s Rodaro
who takes the title. In CER 2 one car grabbed our attention: a
Mirage-Gulf, a car from the Roald Goethe collection. I’ve always loved these colors.
When I was young, in the 60s and 70s these were the cars that won Le Mans
that drove in endurance. And even in F1
there were cars with the Gulf colors. So why not build a collection around a
livery, around a color scheme? This is one of only two or three liveries
that have survived since the 60s. So these Gulf colors have become the
main theme of my collection. There were not only racing cars at
the Circuit Paul Ricard this weekend. There was also the presence of several
car clubs. Hello, Anthony. Something tells me you are a fan of the
R8 Gordini. Indeed. As you can see, we’re sitting in
my R8 here. This used to be my dad’s car, and it’s been in our family for several
generations now. I’m pretty curious what this thing does. What’s that? Oh, there is plenty of Renault 8! When
were these images made? There were made in the Sixties, they’re
footage from the Coupe Gordini. I love it. Between 66 and 74 the Coupe R8 Gordini
is a real launch pad for young drivers. There’s plenty that take the spotlight,
with Jabouille, Jarier, Larousse and Metge all in an R8. The single-make cup
proved to be a great learning school. And that gives us an excellent link
to the 2l Cup, which will be decided at Le Castellet. Three teams can still take the title:
Sumpter, Smith & Bryant and Stanley & Cook. t the end of the 90 minute race,
it’s Sumpter who wins it. And there was the excellent performance
of Marie Claude Firmenish, first of the lady driver in the 2L Cup. For Marie-Claude
the Peter Auto Series are a family affair, for husband Charles is active in Sixties Endurance
at the wheel of a Shelby Cobra, one of the mainstays in this competition, and he was
happy to tell us more about it. This is a Cobra, a Shelby Cobra of 1964.
It could not resist to buy it in 2010, for when I drove it for the first time, I felt it
was a formidable car. This car was created by Caroll Shelby. He
always wanted to build his own car, and he made a deal with Ford for the engines
and we British manufacturer AC for the roadster bodywork. He was to first to marry
an American V8 engine with a European body. When the first car entered its first race,
it immediately took the win. It’s a very tough car to drive, very physical.
You need your shoulders a lot more than your hands. But once you find the right set-up, it’s a fantastic
car to drive, with a lot of punch and a great chassis. It’s not a subtle car, but it provides
a lot of pleasure. When you’re at the wheel of this car, especially
with a racing engine, you really need ear plugs! Its sound is overwhelming, a real punch in the
stomach. You don’t need a rev counter in this one, for the whole of the car vibrates by its sound. I don’t think it’s a beautiful car, but it is very
imposing. It has a typical look, but it’s more Lino Ventura than Brigitte Bardot. It has a
voluptuous body, but first and foremost it is a very efficient car, and that is what
interests me most. I don’t believe in a emotional relationship
with a car. A car will always be something mechanical. That is why, even though some of
them are very valuable, there is damage to a car, it can be repaired. That’s how it’s made,
and that has always been the case. So I am against keeping a car under wraps,
in an airtight garage. A car was made to run, To enjoy yourself in it, and to show it to other
people. The enthusiasm of the crowd when it sees this car, is just fantastic. Saleen, Panoz, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche,
TVR, Marcos, Lola, the Endurance Racing Legend grid is one of the most colorful of the
Peter Auto Series, with manufacturers known to all. But if I mentioned Kopf Keiler,
would that ring a bell? The Kopf Keiler is a car that was created in 1995,
on a chassis of a Chevron B71, that ran for a year in IMSA. It was then sold to Mr. Kopf, an American
with German roots. He transformed the car, for he was a manufacturer of precision tools.
It was named Keiler, the German word for wild boar. This was one of the unique features of the car,
being called ‘wild boar’. In Group C there was another car with a bit of
a strange name, the Olmas. The Olmas GLT200 is a very peculiar C2. It
was built in 1988 with a full carbon chassis. Only one was made, and it’s the first time in
over 30 years that it entered a race. In 1988 only Jaguar had a carbon chassis.
So for a privateer to produce an advanced car like this, with
an exhaust blowing the diffuser, that’s unique. And all these features were copied
to other Group C cars later on. The main attraction in Group C was the
presence of two 905, the iconic prototype made by Peugeot, that won 9 of its 17 races.
Two of those were wins in Le Mans, in 1993 it even finished first, second and third. Difficult
to do better in three years of existence… Hi Aimery, you’re part of the competition
department at Peter Auto. What is HTC? HTC is the Heritage Touring Cup, reserved
for touring cars that raced between the end of the sixties and the beginning of the eighties,
in the British, European or world championships. How is an HTC race held? It’s an one-hour race, mostly on a Sunday,
with mandatory pitstop between the 25th and 35th minute, which will take around 2’30. There is
a driver change for teams racing with two drivers. There’s plenty of BMW and Ford on the grid,
would you like to open this series to other brands? It’s true that about 75 % of the grid is either a
BMW or a Ford. We try to accept as many other cars as possible, like a Jaguar XJC or a Volvo 240 Turbo,
or a VW Scirocco. We love to see more of these cars. Now let’s have look at the Greatest Trophy, which
had some gorgeous cars this weekend. Gorgeous cars, but also very powerful cars,
like this AC Bristol, a car that raced twice in Le Mans, finishing in 9th in 1958.
There was also a very rare Aston Martin DB4 Zagato Continuation, one of only
19 made. Since it’s a car that was completely built by Aston Martin, and not a copy
of a DB4 Zagato, it can race in the Greatest Trophy, but with a time handicap against
the other cars of that period. And this is the end of the Peter Auto Series 2019.
We hope you enjoyed our behind the scenes reports, and what better way to end this season,
than in the company of the Peter Auto staff. See you all next year!

5 thoughts on “Magazine Peter Auto #08 – Dix Mille Tours 2019”

  1. cmsfd59 says:

    Merci pour les bons moments.

  2. John Major says:

    Pour avoir également assisté à l’age d’or à Dijon, je trouve que la taille plus réduite du circuit se prête mieux à la dimension humaine de l’evenement.
    Bravo à tous et à l’année prochaine!

  3. Jerome Jelios Hobbies says:

    Toujours fidèle de puis des années
    C'était un super rendez vous!!

  4. Lucas Fulanito says:

    Linda francesa

  5. America's Choice says:

    I would like to see a TWR Jaguar XJS in HTC

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