140 vehicles, dating from 1910 to the present day entertained the crowds throughout the weekend during the different events of the programme.
Emotions were high when Jean ALESI took to the track of this mythical circuit at the wheel of the famous Mercedes W196R, Grand Prix champion in 1954 and 1955. For those watching, the glorious era of FANGIO and Stirling MOSS, who once enthralled the Champagne countryside, seemed like only yesterday.
Hans HERRMANN, who holds the circuit's lap record with an average speed of more than 185km/hour (115 mph), thrilled spectators on Sunday when, with great panache, he took his turn behind the wheel of this marvellous engine. An exceptional car on loan from the Mercedes-Benz Museum especially for this demonstration.
Saluted by a flypast of the prestigious "Patrouille de France" acrobatic patrol, to the sound of Django Reinhart's version of the Marseillaise, 6 cars representing the 6 founding members of the European Union drove alongside each other to mark the French Presidency of the European Union.
A number of makes such as the 1910 Léon Bollé, Bugatti, Amilcar, Delahaye, and Citroen, not forgetting an Alvis Grand Sport driven by Christian Billerey represented the period up to 1936.
A series from 1936 to 1954 included makes such as Bentley, Jaguar, Maserati, as well as the famous 1949 Gordini 23S driven by the Irishman Eddy McGuire which mesmerised spectators with the roar of its 1491 cm3 engine. This car won the French Grand Prix of 1952 and was driven by a string of famous drivers such as Jean Berha, Robert Manzon and Maurice Trintignan.
Alongside the Mercedes W 196 R were Triumph, Jaguar, Mercedes, Lotus and Ferrari cars.
The following years up to the present day were represented by enthusiasts from different countries such as Bill Telford and Newbold Colin in 1963 AC Cobras from the UK, the Belgian Alexandre Boulanger in a Mustang Shelby, the Swiss Daniel Rollat and his Norma prototype and of course J.J. Cantryn's Rondeau Inaltéra.
Other prodigious cars included the Maserati 250 F driven by Klaus Edel - a Formula 1 car driven at the time by Roy Salvadori. Representing more recent times were three original Peugeots from the British collector Garvey Enda, the Pikes Peak 405, Ari Vatanen's 205 T 16 Paris-Dakar and Juha Kankkunen's 205 T16 EV 2.
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