Nowadays, the legend of the Tour de France is synonymous with two wheels rather than four but it was not always this way. During the 1960s the Tour de France Automobile – as it was called officially – was a high profile event which ran over a week and mixed regularity sections on the public road with a series of races and high speed tests held at iconic venues such as Clermont Ferrand, Rouen, Montlhery, Mont Ventoux, Le Mans, and even taking in international venues like the Nurburgring, Spa and Monza. It attracted some of the finest drivers of the day, and some of the greatest cars of all time. Here, in 1964 the winning Ferrari 250 GTO of Lucien Bianchi – grand prix driver, Le Mans winner and great uncle of the late Jules Bianchi – is chased by an AC Cobra on a road section. First run in 1899 The TDF morphed into round of the European Rally Championship during the 1980s before ceasing altogether in 1986. It was revived as an event for historic cars in 1992 and continues to run successfully under the guise Tour Auto.
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