A preview to the Dijon GP de L’age d’Or by Peter Auto

The first plans to create a race track near Dijon date from 1968.  With the collaboration of Jean-Pierre Beltoise, the studies for the actual building started. And another few years later, May 26 1972, the ‘Stade Automobile Dijon’ was baptised. That means we have a celebration party now at the GP de l’Age d’Or. And Peter Auto knows best how to bring tribute to half a century of racing at the Circuit Dijon-Prenois. The Dijon GP de l’Age d’Or is the best anniversary party historic race car fans can wish for. 

 2.0L Cup - 1965 Porsche 911 - Johan-Frank Dirickx / Quinten Devreker
2.0L Cup – 1965 Porsche 911 – Johan-Frank Dirickx / Quinten Devreker

One of the first huge milestones was in 1973 with the organization of the 1000 kilometers of Dijon, a round of the World Championship. One year later, the French Grand Prix was held there on 7 July 1974.  In all, the 1974 – 1984 decade will see the organization of 5 F1 Grands Prix, with a few Swiss Grands Prix in between. Iconic cars, driven by legendary names such as Niki Lauda, Henri Pescarolo, and Jacky Ickx made fame on the curvy roads of the 3.8-kilometer-long track of Dijon-Prenois.

Dijon GP Age d’Or 2015

The return of the heydays

These are the heydays that the GP de l’Age d’Or will bring back. Last year, even Group C returned to Dijon. Unfortunately, that’s not the case in this edition. But there are plenty of other series that will give the spectators the opportunity to see iconic cars on the track. Just as in the 10th edition of Spa Classic just a few weeks ago, there are plenty of Porsche 911 RSRs from the early seventies that will battle for victory with the Lola’s and Chevrons in CER1.  In CER2 we noticed a  Porsche 935 and a Porsche 930 Turbo.  

Alain GADAL-PORSCHE 911 Carrera RSR 2.8 1973

Further more you can find the usual suspects at the Dijon GP de l’Age d’or. The earliest cars you’ll see on the track are in the Fifties Legends and the Greatest Trophy. And in the Heritage Touring Cup, you’ll probably see quite some flames thrown by the touring cars like the BMW 3.0CSL and Ford Capri RS. And of course, we cannot forget about the only single-make series in the Peter Auto events. The 2.0L cup always brings some great action, and it has 24 similar Porsche 911 2.0 on the entry list. 

Damien KOHLER / Marc DE SIEBENTHAL – Porsche 911 2.0L 1965

So far, the weather predictions seem to be ok, the cars will be there, and there will be plenty of atmosphere in the inner field with the hundreds of club members bringing their cars. You’ll be able to stroll around in the paddocks and get in touch with the drivers and crew members. To be short, it looks promising, and we hope to see you there this weekend.  You can find the timetable and entry lists of the 2022 GP de l’Age d’Or on the Peter Auto website.

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