The 2009 Tour Auto will become Tour Auto Optic 2000, as Optic 2000 replaces Lissac as the main partner of the Tour Auto rally.
Held next year on April 20-25, Tour Auto organizers expect two hundred classic racing cars to participate in the 18th annual rally, which is open to cars whose model participated in the original Tour de France Automobile from 1951 to 1973.
Leaving from the heart of Paris in the Jardins des Tuileries, the first leg of the Tour 2009 will be well known by the past competitors, as they visited Beaune in 2006 and 2008. Participants will compete on the Dijon Prenois circuit.
Next, the journey will take original roads with legs in Mulhouse, Luxembourg and Lille via the circuits of Bresse, Chenevières and Spa-Francorchamps. The final destination of the Tour Auto Optic 2ooo will definitely be one the most glamorous of previous years, at the prestigious seaside city of Deauville where the arch of the finish will be displayed.
Faithful to its reputation, the Tour Auto Optic 2ooo will allow its competitors to discover historical places: the Hospices de Beaune, the Saline Royale d’Arc et Senans, the Cité de l’Automobile – Schlumpf collection in Mulhouse and other highly evocative places to be revealed later.
The Tour Auto Optic 2ooo is brand new for 2009, but keeps its basic ingredients which provide the typical flavor of this outstanding rally: a charming itinerary on the secondary roads, punctuated by special stages on roads and circuits, more than two hundred classic cars and as many teams coming from all over the world.
For more information, visit www.tourauto.com.
[Source: Tour Auto Optic 2000]