Grand Prix de l’Age d’Or in English translates to “Grand Prix of The Golden Age”. And as the name suggests, this Peter Auto event brings together racing machines that were created during the most celebrated era of motorsport. The Grand Prix de l’Age d’Or, brings together the iconic racing cars of the sixties alongside the legendary machines that came in the decades that followed. This year, the Grand Prix of the Golden Age took place between June 9 – 11 at the historic Formula One circuit of Dijon-Prenois.
It was here back in 1979 during the closing laps of the French Grand Prix that the world witnessed the spectacular battle for second place between Gilles Villeneuve (Ferrari) and Rene Arnoux (Renault), from which Gilles came out at the front. And while Gilles sadly isn’t there with us anymore, this year’s 15,000 plus spectators found themselves in the presence of a very special appearance by Rene Arnoux who piloted a Shelby Cobra 289 and a BMW M1.
Although every event in Peter Auto’s season calendar is met by some fantastic classic cars, the 2017 Grand Prix de l’Age d’Or invited some very special machines that one generally doesn’t get to see. Like every year, this years event too had entries in every category – from single seat endurance racing machines to touring cars, there were more than 10 historic racing grids. Off these a certain 1968 Howmet TX found its way to the grid – one of the only turbine-powered cars to ever win a race. Another one-off rare beauties was the McLaren M6GT, one of Bruce McLaren’s early creations that met with incredible success in motorsport.
The Grand Prix de l’Age d’Or is a fantastic place to be not only for the classic car lover but also for someone who understands and appreciated the evolution of engineering. This year’s event was a feast to the eyes, and we cannot wait for what’s in store for us next year. In the meanwhile, you should follow Peter Auto’s calendar for their next event which will take place at the Autodromo de Monza between June 30 – July 2. If you like our coverage of the Grand Prix de l’Age d’Or, you might also want to have a look at our complete 5-day coverage of Peter Auto’s 2017 Tour Optic 2000 as well as upcoming events of the season.