Grand Prix: Each car has its own story

The (delicate) art of restoration

When Idronnais Benoit Cracchi unearthed this Renault 5 Alpine Coupe, the car was almost a disaster. Only then …

The (delicate) art of restoration

When Idronnais Benoit Cracchi unearthed this Renault 5 Alpine Coupe, the car was almost a disaster. Only after a great deal of restoration work was this little wonder of the late seventies able to regain all its splendor. A renaissance that will also be a baptism of fire this weekend for its pilot, for whom it is a novelty on the streets of the royal city. Runs in the Historic Tourism Champion (HTCC) category.


Tuner Luis Quintino (left) and driver Benoît Cracchi have made this Renault 5 Alpine Coupe a marvel.

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Wheel for the MG

In front of the Palais Beaumont, Michel Lablanche first exhibits his 1961 MG 1600 MK II. “It was made for the United States, with front disc brakes, a novelty for the time,” explains the proud owner he carried that little gem. of the United States. “You have to shoot it, at least once a week,” he says.

At the Palais Beaumont, Michel Lablanche exhibits his 1961 MG for the first time.


At the Palais Beaumont, Michel Lablanche exhibits his 1961 MG for the first time.

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“It’s a childhood dream,” smiles Benoit Cracci, whose ambition will be to “have fun”. He can also count on the experience of his coach, Luis Quintino, an old man in Pau, as he was already preparing the R5 Alpine Coupes in the 80s during the Grand Prix. The circle is complete.

Pau, “the final stage”

Swiss driver Cédric Torres came to the Grand Prix with his family. This enthusiast who lives between Geneva and Lausanne could not miss the trip to Pau, the third of his career and the second in the Ferdinand Cup. “Pau is the final stage for me. The engine bites us quickly, we first start driving on the circuit, then we race. There, we are already in something amazing, and then we discover the circuit of Pau. And that increases feelings. It is true that there is a bit of risk with the rails, but the game is worth it “, insists the driver.

Cédric Torres can count on his first support: his son.


Cédric Torres can count on his first support: his son.

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Precisely to show all his love for Pau’s route, Cédric Torres has pasted a huge sticker on the roof of his Porsche, where it says “Thank you Pau”. “It should look good,” smiles the pilot, delighted with its small effect. To immortalize his visit to Pau, the Swiss has planned everything since his outings on the track are broadcast live on Twitch. It is located under the name: Ferdinand_cup_92.

A working Renault

This is a good looking utility. Under the Sernam room, the 1956 Renault Juvaquatre (manufactured in 138,000 units between 1938 and 1956) shows next to its owner: “Domaine de Sarros, Jurançon, Organic wines”. Because this beautiful 4 resume has worked, almost always.

The 1956 Juvaquatre was used by a carpenter before being used for deliveries to the Sarros estate.


The 1956 Juvaquatre was used by a carpenter before being used for deliveries to the Sarros estate.

“It belonged to a carpenter from Tarbes,” says winemaker Hugues Chapal, who does not allow anyone else to drive. “It was his workshop, he used it with the rear seats down, more like a van than a van. He had all his tools there. When he ceased his activity, “he was left in a corner of the garden and turned into a shipwreck. It was bought by a mechanic from Mont-de-Marsan who completely renovated it, he found its original color, this capri blue ”.

So Hugues Chapal bought the shiny car 3 years ago, it was his first vintage car, although he dreamed of being able to afford another one. With him, the Juvaquatre returns to work. He takes it to the markets to sell his wine and uses it for deliveries. “Customers are happy to bring their wine in this car. And because people turn their heads when they see it, it can bring us new ones! »

Fast as lightning

Around the kiosk in Beaumont Park, a 1966 Jaguar draws attention. Produced in 30,000 units, it was the “world’s fastest” luxury sedan in 1966, with a top speed of 200 km / h. Enough to force him to have good brakes to grab Poeymirau’s fork.

This Jaguar was the fastest luxury sedan in the world in 1966.


This Jaguar was the fastest luxury sedan in the world in 1966.

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A dream comes to life

Its yellow color differentiates it from a thousand, and gives it an extra je-ne-sais-quoi that would make it almost more beautiful than all the others. It is the Alexis Mk 18 Formula Ford that Christophe Vidal will drive all weekend in the category of the same name. A small work of art that he pampers with his mechanic, Frédéric, and which shows Pau for the first time.

Christophe Vidal (left) and his mechanic, Frédéric, drive for the first time in Pau.


Christophe Vidal (left) and his mechanic, Frédéric, drive for the first time in Pau.

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“For me, it’s a dream to run in Pau Ville. I came with my father to watch the races when I was little, ”recalls this Lannemezan resident with a touch of emotion. Despite only 74.1 kilometers between his city and the bend of the station, it will be the first for him between the rails of Pau. The first tests have obviously won him over: “It’s super nice to drive here.”

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