Grand Prix Retro is a huge success


More than 150 vehicles took part in last weekend’s Grand Prix Rétro du Puy in the hilltop village of Notre-Dame.

The demonstration event, held at the 1.5km long twisting circuit that is surrounded by the vineyards of Anjou, attracted everything from three-wheelers to cycle and vintage cars.

The action kicked off on Saturday with a ‘semi-nocturne’ session, which aped the historic 24 hour races of the past, with the competition continuing into the night under headlights.

On Sunday, cars ran from 10am through to 7pm stopping only for lunch.

The three-wheelers were predominantly made up of Morgans, but it was Sandfords that had the performance.

Meanwhile, it was nine Amilcars that dominated the cycle car’s group with British involvement limited to an Austin Seven Sports.

The most prestigious metal was reserved for the vintage class, though. It boasted three Bugatti 35/37s, three pre-war Rileys, a 1933 Aston Martin Le Mans and a flock of 1930s MGs.

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