The end of July saw the Dix Mille Tours hold its belated 2020 event under a bright Provençal sun at Circuit Paul Ricard. Originally scheduled for April, the Peter Auto-organised historic racing weekend launched the organisation’s return to action since lockdown.
Ten grids told the history of motorsport from the period 1950 to 2010: Fifties’ Legends, Sixties’ Endurance, 2.0L Cup, Classic Endurance Racing I & II, Endurance Racing Legends, Group C Racing, Heritage Touring Cup, The Greatest’s Trophy and guest grid, the Eric Offenstadt Cup. In total, more than 350 cars took part in the races on the modern yet historic Paul Ricard circuit.
Among many others, two truly iconic cars particularly stood out of the crowd this year: the famous ‘Hippie’ 917 driven by its original driver in the 1970 24 Hours of Le Mans, Gerard Larousse, and the mighty Bentley Speed 8 of 2003 Le Mans fame. The Bentley was driven by Le Mans aficionado Shaun Lynn and to great success in the Endurance Racing Legends race for most recent historic cars. Taking on cars such as the Ferrari 333SP and Saleen S7-R, the Bentley was victorious in both races.
Photos by Erwan Seite.