Classic car rally retraces the route of the Tour de France, starting with a grand exposition in Paris.
For European classic car owners and enthusiasts, few events are as alluring as the Tour Auto Optic 2000. The event has been held every year since 1992, retracting the steps of the legendary Tour de France Automobile that ran from 1951 to 1973. The tour kicked off on Monday with an exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris, where all 250 of the classic cars participating gathered for the official start. This year the tour honors the late F.A. Porsche and celebrates Aston Martin's centenary.
With so many of its heritage models participating, Ferrari established an official presence at the start, where it revealed the new LaFerrari hybrid hypercar for the first time in France. From there the tour heads to Orleans, drives the classic Bugatti configuration of the Circuit La Sarthe in Le Mans, then heads to Magny-Cours (which used to host the French Grand Prix), Vichy, Albi, Limoges and finishes in La Rochelle on Saturday, April 27.