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    2009 Tour Auto report and slideshow ...

    Dear Ultimatecarpage.com visitor,

    Every year in April over 200 classic racing cars gather in Paris for the start of the Tour Auto road rally. This year's edition started in the Jardin de Tuileries, between the Place de la Concorde and the Louvre museum. The five day, 2000 km event took the participants through France, Luxembourg and Belgium. The route uses some of the finest roads that are both exciting to drive and have fabulous vistas. On the itinerary were also five racing tracks including the swooping Dijon and the legendary Spa Francorchamps. One of the finish locations was the fantastic Schlumpf Museum in Mulhouse.
    The Tour Auto is open to cars of a type that competed in the original Tour de France between 1951 and 1973. An exception is made for interesting cars of a later era. This year the Jaguar Mk I and Mk II took center, celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the Mk I's maiden class victory. The colorful field included many exciting cars including Ford GT40s, Alfa Romeo GTAs, Alpine A110s, Aston Martin DB4 GTs, Porsche 906s and Cobras. With the original event dominated for so many years by Ferraris, it is no surprise to see so many of the V12 engined machines line up for the 2009 edition. The absolute highlight was the 250 GTO that took the outright victory back in 1964.
    Due to conflicting schedules we could only follow the Tour Auto for two days. By staying out from dawn to dusk, we have managed to capture all of the classes on a wide variety of locations. Our work has been compiled in an exclusive 150-shot gallery to illustrate our full report.

    2009 Tour Auto report and slideshow

    Regards,
    Wouter Melissen
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    Wonderful coverage and pictures, thank you for sharing!
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    PS - I'd like to give you guys a heads-up on the new (only two years old) Palm Spring's show. It is little and local, but very enjoyable, you can see my (Z8-centric) coverage here. You might want to consider covering it next year.
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    I want to admit that this year's Tour Auto slideshow is among the best ones ever performed by you, guys. Beautiful pictures, lovely cars. It should have been a really joyfull trip. Thanks for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by faksta View Post
    I want to admit that this year's Tour Auto slideshow is among the best ones ever performed by you, guys. Beautiful pictures, lovely cars. It should have been a really joyfull trip. Thanks for that.
    It was actually exhausting rather than joyful to be honest. Doing it in five days would be a little more pleasant. But the result was well worth it.
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    ^ and VERY much appreciated.

    Of course it whets our appetite to see what you discarded ... ANY shots of the light blue SMs in action ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matra et Alpine View Post
    ^ and VERY much appreciated.

    Of course it whets our appetite to see what you discarded ... ANY shots of the light blue SMs in action ??
    The SMs were very interesting. The engine note was very loud but quite appealing. On track they gave new meanings to the word understeer though.
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    so what did you drive to follow along with? or did you ride in one of the classics?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cmcpokey View Post
    so what did you drive to follow along with? or did you ride in one of the classics?
    We had this bad boy. It did enable me to do some car-to-car stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wouter Melissen View Post
    We had this bad boy. It did enable me to do some car-to-car stuff.
    Where did you get those beautiful Ultimatecarpage.com stickers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wouter Melissen View Post
    It did enable me to do some car-to-car stuff.
    From the trunk?

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    Quote Originally Posted by faksta View Post
    From the trunk?
    No way!
    They had to mount a roof rack to fit him!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by faksta View Post
    From the trunk?
    Correct.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LotusLocost View Post
    Where did you get those beautiful Ultimatecarpage.com stickers?
    From Socialist Norway. Almost as bad as Sweden.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wouter Melissen View Post
    From Socialist Norway. Almost as bad as Sweden.
    We have the nasty benefits.
    The reason I want to move to Holland.

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