Don’t be fooled by the name of the Tour Auto. This is not a mere retrospective tour for the faint of heart. Usually, classic sports car rallies are designed to enjoy the scenery, to absorb the nostalgia of travel through the old cities, and even have coffee breaks built into their schedules.
But in its 26th running, Tour Auto keeps to the spirit of the original Tour de France, a cross-country race for sports cars staged from 1951 through 1986.
Yes, legal speed limits on the roads remain, but Tour Auto includes very competitive timed stages, some held at four race tracks along the 2,500 kilometer route, others on certain sections of the public roads. Continue reading