Taking up again a route close to that of the 2005 edition, the 20th edition* of the Tour Auto Optic 2ooo chose the Paris – Biarritz diagonal. The sun was shining as the cars left Paris and sunny weather continued all the way to the Spanish border, for the greatest pleasure of the participants and also the spectators who thronged to watch these exceptional cars and encourage their favourite ones.
An ardent supporter of the car heritage, Motul was one of the official partners of the event for the eighth consecutive time. The setting provided an opportunity to promote the Motul range for historic vehicles and more than 400 clients in all were welcomed between the departure and the stage towns.
As for the standings, victory was clinched by a Motul client in the person of Ludovic Caron (AC Cobra). Already the winner of the 2008 event, Ludovic won ahead of Jean-Pierre Lajournade (Lotus Elan), another French driver supported technically by Motul who climbed to the top of the podium in 2010.
Motul also took victory on the performance index since Yves Junne dominated these standings outright. His 1953 Porsche 356 No. 180 won on this index the totality of the timed heats and finished six minutes ahead of his pursuer. Yves Junne also finished 12th in the standings of this Tour Auto Optic 2000, a very fine performance for a car dating back to 1953.
In the G/H/I category, Jean Ragnotti also deserves congratulations as he secured second place of the category at the wheel of an Alpine A110 which was driven in the past by a certain Bob Wollek, and which still bore the 1972 Motul logo!
* While the Tour Auto Optic 2000 celebrated this year its 20th anniversary in the form of an historic race, it should not be forgotten that 50 other editions took place between 1899 and 1986 in its period version.
Picture: © Julien Philippy