The 28th Tour Auto

The spirit of the Tour Auto Optic 2000 again drew big crowds from the start at the Grand Palais, to the finish of all five legs. This was also the case on the Dijon-Prenois, Nevers Magny-Cours, Charade and Le Mans circuits as well as the 10 special stages run on closed roads.

The field left Paris and crossed the east of France to the roads in the Rhone-Alpes region after which it went up to the mountains in Auvergne. Then came the Loire valleys followed by the finish in Normandy alternating seaside settings and green grassy fields and hedges. Deauville marked the end of the journey, by which time the field had covered 2280km including almost 105km on closed roads.

After the final battle on the Le Mans Bugatti circuit and two special stages the 28th Tour Auto Optic 2000 finished in Normandy. Raphaël Favaro and Yves Badan in their Lotus Elan, won for the second consecutive year. Eric Hamoniau and Edouard Lotthe, driving a Ferrari 250 GT Lusso were first in the Regularity VHC Group.

Photos courtesy of © Peter Auto.