For France’s Grand Prix, celebrating their 100th anniversary, ARTEH® - Hotels and Resorts speeds up unique opportunities.

June 28, 2006 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel News
About France Grand Prix

The French Grand Prix is a Formula One race held as part of the “Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile”.

Grand Prix motor racing originated in France and the French Grand Prix, open to international competition, is the oldest of the Grand Prix races.

The first French Grand Prix was run on June 26, 1906 under the auspices of the “Automobile Club de France”, in Sarthe, with a starting field of thirty-two automobiles. It was the first automobile race called a "Grand Prix" and was won by the Hungarian Ferenc Szisz on a Renault - after two days and 1,238 kilometers.

The first World Championships were organized in 1925 with the French Grand Prix, the Italian Grand Prix, the Belgian Grand Prix and the Indianapolis 500.

With the exception of 1955, the French Grand Prix has been part of the Formula One championships since its inception in 1950.

Over the years, the annual competition has been held at various racetracks throughout France. All in all, seven racetracks have been used: the Circuit Nevers was preceded by Clermont-Ferrand (four times), Dijon (five times), Le Castellet (14 times), Le Mans (once), Reims (eleven times) and Rouen (five times). The only country where an even larger number of racetracks (eight) is used for GP racing is the USA.

Since 1991 it has been held at its permanent home at the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours.

Legends from Grand Prix past…

In celebration of the Grand Prix de France Centenary, the “Federation Francaise du Sport Automobile” will be bringing to race fans the sights and sounds of historic Formula One Grand Prix cars.

Historic Grand Prix racing features exciting, beautifully prepared Formula One cars from the 3 litre, pre-ground effects and pre-turbo era, from 1966 to 1978. The different eras entered in this series are divided into 4 categories: Clark, Steward, Fittipaldi, and Lauda.

These Grand Prix cars from days gone by have been thrilling race fans throughout the world reviving the sensations of past glories. Typical starting grids have included Tyrrell, Lotus, Matra, McLaren, Cooper, BRM and more from this fantastic decade of Grand Prix racing. These are the actual cars driven by Grand Prix stars such as Hunt, Fittipaldi, Stewart, Amon, Rindt, Hill, Reutemann, Beltoise, Cevert and Peterson.

The Grand Prix de France 100th anniversary celebrations has drawn over 22 famous cars and international drivers who have come as far as America, England, France, etc to race on the Nevers - Magny Cours circuit. The Brabham BT24 Repco formally driven by Sir Jack Brabham and winner of the 1967 Grand Prix de France will be coming all the way from Sydney to seek another French victory over 50 years later.

More car stars on the entry list include such greats as the Tyrell 007 1974 (P. Depailler), Wolf WR1 1978 (J. Scheckter), 1978 Fittapaldi F5A (E. Fittapaldi), Lotus 1977 – (Mario Andretti), Williams FW06 1977 (Alan Jones), and many more.

With qualifying sessions on Friday and Saturday afternoon, the 14th and the 15th of July, followed by the race on Sunday, the 16th of July, this promises to be one of the most passionate and exciting of the various support races scheduled over the Grand Prix de France weekend.

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