This year’s Tour Auto Optic 2ooo takes place from April 24 to 29, where France hosts its annual car race, a fabulous display of 243 cars from the 1950s to 70s. The race starts in Paris and ends in Biarritz.
On the first day, we took part in the traditional cocktail party, providing us with an intimate exhibition of the vintage cars at the Grand Palais, and the chance to hobnob with famous personalities like Derek Bell, former Le Mans winner, Michelin starred chef Michel Rostang, and Coldplay bassist Guy Berryman who mingled with the suave guests (95% of them male – Woohoo!).
Zenith, watchmaker and timekeeper for the event, presented a series of noteworthy pieces.
Here is a glimpse of our favourite vintage cars:
Detail of a JAGUAR, Type E 3.8L 1964| Driven by Daniel SPADINI. Full list of cars on Peter Auto.
Detail of an ASTON MARTIN DB2 1950| Driven by Laurent DESPLACES/Marion DESPLACES. More on Peter Auto.
Detail of an AUSTIN Cooper S 1965| Driven by Jean-Louis LACHET/Etienne CALMES. More on Peter Auto.
Detail of a MORRIS Cooper S MK2 1969| Driven by Christophe THIBOULT/Guillaume BRAJEUX. More on Peter Auto.
WHAT TO WEAR TO TOUR AUTO
STYLE TIP: WOMEN
Most ladies came straight from work, and were in casual formal Spring work wear.
Neutrals for cocktail evening
Statement piece for cocktail evening
Denim to watch the race outdoors on the tracks
STYLE TIP: MEN
Men wore dashing suits and ties or khaki pants with neck scarves
HISTORICAL TIDBIT ABOUT TOUR AUTO FRANCE:
Competitive car racing began in France as early as the late 1800s, and became a regular sport through the 50s and until the late 80s. In 1992, the sport was revived as a vintage car race and called Tour Auto, organised by Patrick Peter of Agence Peter. It consists of five days of racing, often starting in Paris and ending in the south of France, combining about 2500km of roads. The race is open to any driver in possession of a license, which gives everyone a chance to have a go.