Its is widely accepted that England is the heart of motor racing, but some of the greatest races were conceived in France with famous runs from Paris to Reims and of course the Grand Prix de Tours. This weekend event is designed to commemorate this road race dating back to 1923. Although there is no longer any racing, there is plenty of competitive spirit.
Friday Concourse d’élégance
The Concourse d’élégance takes place in the city centre at 7pm, exhibiting some of the finest pre and post-war vehicles, participants dressed in costume of the same era as their vehicles capturing a moment in time, and hopefully, the judges eye.
Saturday The Rallye de Touristique
Crowds are drawn from all over the region for this event. The route follows scenic roads through the Touraine region for 150km, past châteaux and vineyards on the banks of the Loire and Cher rivers with visits at a wine-producing châteaux. This popular rally is peppered with spectators who sometimes camp along route to wave, take pictures and point in the right direction… quite handy if your map reading is not up to par, or have lost your place!.
A superb lunch is served in a local château, and following the afternoon rally section, competitors enjoy the evening gala dinner held at another château.
Many competitors dress up for the event to add to the authenticity of the driving era, but this is optional! For ladies’ only teams, there is an opportunity to win the Sterling Days Ladies Trophy.
Sunday The Concours d’état
The Concours d’état is held to exhibit the most prestigious vintage cars, especially chosen for their restoration quality or best original condition and historical interest. From a podium stand comments are made on their presentation and general points of interest.
By the afternoon the city centre fills with the sounds of engines, reliving the era of 1920’s when the Grand Prix de Tours was a road race. With the smell of Castrol R in the air our guests will wait for the call to start their Parade Lap.
Cars from all over Europe gather to parade in front of 15.000 people around the closed city circuit with running commentary during the parade laps of the many clubs and associations who display their cars.