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October 1st, 2017

Although the Goodwood Revival ended two weeks ago, automotive enthusiasts flocked the banked Linas-Montlhery Autodrome circuit, France for the third rendering of the Les Grandes Heures Automobiles (LGHA for short). If this name sounds familiar to you, then that’s because it is the very venue that was covered at the start of the 2017 European motoring season with the Coupe de PrintempsThough it isn’t technically a racing event like the Goodwood Revival, if you want to see unique cars and get properly entertained by some old (and new) automotive machinery, the LGHA isn’t a bad place to find yourself at.

The main ‘entertainer’ this year turned out to be countryman Sebastien Loeb and his Pikes Peak-winning Peugeot 208 T16. The most successful rally driver of all time wowed the crowd with amazing antics, before handing the car over to Bruno Saby, who didn’t fail to impress either. Peugeot brought their entire arsenal at the event, including an ex-Works 307 WRC, a 306 F2 and several 308 Cup cars. The cars kept running even when the sunset. The darkness of the night only made the backfires that much more impressive.

Sebastien Loeb at Les Grandes Heures Automobiles 2017

This year’s LGHA was also home to a really special tribute and celebration of the life of David Piper. The ex-Formula 1 driver who was also a sports car British privateer driver and a team owner. Piper’s Lola T70 MK3B, Ferrari 365 P2 and Porsche 917K were all on display, but his iconic green Ferrari 250 LM was the star of the show.

Tom Dickie and Paul Smart amazed the crowd on their racing Triumph 750 motorcycles, this being the first time Smart has returned to the circuit in over 40-years. The event was littered with famous GT cars, Group B rally cars, and even an incredible one-off here and there as well, such as the record-breaking 1927 Voisin Montlhery.

Photos by Antoine Dellenbach

The two-wheel side of Les Grandes Heures Automobiles 2017

Cars at Les Grandes Heures Automobiles 2017

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