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Newsletter August-September 2020

Tour Auto Optic 2000 2020: We made it!

After many uncertainties and ups and downs due the global health crisis context and postponed to early September, the Tour Auto Optic 2000 cars were finally displayed at the Grand Palais on Monday 31 August. They officially hit the road on Tuesday September 1 from the Linas Montlhéry circuit. Definite feat of our organization, but above all courage of the participants, including those arriving from afar, taking turns and detours to participate in this… Tour! They had to trust us, but even if for some of them the adventure ended before the final finish, they were rewarded. This crazy week will indeed have allowed its participants to finally find their beautiful mounts again to cover 1986 km through the most beautiful French landscapes. A unique moment paced by encounters, emotions but above all passion, that of the automobile.

On Saturday 5th September after a special road stage at Mont Ventoux and a circuit session on the Paul Ricard layout, the competitors crossed the finishing arch. The 29thTour Auto Optic 2ooo was over and time for truth had come. Who were the winners?

In the Competition section, the winner's name was familiar to the rally regulars. Already on the podium top stem in 2017 and 2018, Raphaël Favaro scored his third success together with co-driver Lucien-Charles Nicolet. Change of partner, Lotus Elan replaced by 1962 3.8-litre E-Type Jaguar had no effect on Favaro's quest of victory – hats off!  

In the Regularity section, a family duo was on the topmost step of the podium. Aboard a Ford Mustang, Jean-François and François Nicoules, who had already racked up three victories in the Tour Auto Optic 2ooo (Jean-François’ first win in 2012 and victories together in 2013 and 2015). They formed a redoubtable pairing, the father-son alliance proving to be a winning combination that gave them a fourth victory to add to their Tour Auto Optic 2ooo's laurels. - congratulations!


Thank you time has arrived: to all participants in the event 29th staging who answered the challenge in this very special context, as well as to our partners faithful partners for their loyalty. We will neither forget the French authorities –prefectures and town halls, whose help enabled this rolling open air museum to cross the whole of France while respecting the health measures in force. An amazing caravan which, judging by the public along the roads, remains very successful.

Many of you played the quiz dedicated to the Tour Auto Optic 2ooo. We reckon that some questions were pretty tricky, but this didn’t stop the 600 participants! And our winner is : David E. with a 20/20 score. He won the Vicomte A. jacket and polo shirt, official Tour Auto Optic 2ooo outfits, a pair of Optic 2ooo glasses as well as a Tour Auto Optic 2000 water jar. The second and third one are Léanna S. and Quentin B. who won a Tour Auto Optic 2000 water jar. Bravo everybody.

The 2021 Peter Auto calendar

And now why not take a look at the pleasures in store for you next year?
The 2021 calendar of historic races by Peter Auto is very similar to what it should have been this year with nine events including Le Mans Classic and the Tour Auto Optic 2000. The season will be paced by anniversaries: the 10th for Le Mans Classic and Spa-Classic without forgetting the 30th Tour Auto Optic 2000.

Save the dates for 2020

The Autodromo Nazionale di Monza is also known as the Temple of Speed and this year will host the Peter Auto series. From 18th to 20th September, drivers can pound round the hallowed Tifosi's tarmac and experience thrilling sensations on the fastest circuit of the season.

The Estoril circuit will host the series by Peter Auto for the first time. So, heading towards Portugal from 9th to 11th October for the final event of the year that will be worthily celebrated under (hopefully) welcoming skies.

Tickets & Hospitality at Le Mans Classic
Le Mans Classic is a not-to-be-missed rendezvous on Peter Auto's calendar. This 24 Hours of Le Mans bi-annual retrospective provides extraordinary experiences. To enjoy them to the full we offer you unique hospitality services: The Panoramic Package that gives you a 180° view of the races start and the Dunlop curve, and the Privilege Package that puts you in the front row of the action with, as an option, an excursion in a Jeep and a circuit flyover in a helicopter.

E-boutique Peter Auto
Our e-boutique offers you an exclusive collection (posters, books, programmes and medals) including the latest novelties from the Tour Auto Optic 2ooo. And for the nostalgia lovers among you, products from the previous events.


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