Bordeaux, 14 April, 2011
The third stage today led from Objat to Bordeaux and was an
example how varying the Tour Auto can be. As the formerly
known Tour de France leads through a wide area of France the
surrounding changes sometimes from departement to
departement. As the route is altered every year to a new region
this makes things even more interesting for all the attendees and
so one could enjoy the Tour every time as the first time.
The day started with a special stage in Objet before heading
towards the surrounding hills with narrow roads. The first stop was
the lunch stop at the Château Villebois Lavalette. As the driveway
had a steep gradient and the numerous visitors caused a small
traffic jam the high revving racing cars could be heard within
miles. The cars were parked in the courtyard of the castle and the
participants enjoyed a buffet under the trees before leaving for the
Circuit Haute Saintonge for another special trial.
During the following hours the rape fields known from the day
before disappeared as the road pointed towards the wine region of
Bordeaux. The cars were running through vineyards for miles
before reaching their final destination Bordeaux.
Tomorrow the Tour will lead to Pau and there will be a race again
on the Circuit Nagaro on the second to last day. The crews have
to cover a distance of 350 km.
Text and Images Peter Singhof www.ClassicCarPhotography.de