Travel: This Year’s Epic Tour Auto Rally, In 67 Stunning Photos

This Year’s Epic Tour Auto Rally, In 67 Stunning Photos

By Petrolicious Productions
April 25, 2016

The Tour Auto is one of the longest-running motorsport events in the world, with its first round—then called the Tour de France Automobile—cracking off in 1899. Since 1992, it’s been run as a rally for owners and drivers of classic cars, who get to enjoy awesome roads, food, scenery…and a healthy dash of competition.

Photographer Paul Criton was out this year covering the entire six-day event—titled the Tour Auto Optic 2000—and sent over a selection of his favorite photos. Besides many of the usual suspects (mainly classic Ferraris and Porsches), the event attracts many historic machines that did quite well in the past, including the rare-and-very-fast Ligier JS2.

Classics new(er) and old(er) mix during frequently during the event, both on public roads and on timed circuit sessions, creating an awesome spectacle for spectators and an awesome challenge for competitors. This year was the 25th anniversary of the event’s rebirth—and the clock is already ticking on having yourself and your classic ready for 2017.

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5 years ago

Wonderful pictures of this awesome event for vintages cars lovers !

Martin Philippo
Martin Philippo(@martin-philippo)
5 years ago

Fantastic photography guys!

Sam N
Sam N(@samson518)
5 years ago

Great photos!

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger(@gtrslngr)
5 years ago

Just to end the day on a positive note . What an absolutely incredible and diverse mix of exotic and rare cars ! Leave it to the French to knock an event outta the park .. again !

And if I may my humblest apologies to all and especially AG for my multiple overreactions on the P1800 page towards a certain individual . Mea Culpa .