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– The fourth edition of the annual Les Grandes Heures Automobiles (LGHA), recently held at the banked Linas-Montlhéry Autodrome circuit, is declared a great success by both the event participants and the record number of sun-soaked spectators
– The 2018 LGHA had something for all petrolhead tastes, from pre-war competition Voisins and Bugattis, to a brace of post-war Ferrari 156 ‘Sharknose’ F1 grand prix racers – driven by Arturo Merzario and Jason Stuart – plus NART Plymouth Barracudas and Ford Mustangs, Group B rallying Peugeot 205 T16s and Renault 5 Turbos, ex-Le Mans Rondeau Inaltra and Alpine M63 B, plus too many other competition car and motorcycle treats to mention
– The legendary ex-Montlhéry bronze-coloured Jaguar XK120 FHC, which clocked the Autodrome at an average speed of over 107 mph for seven days and nights in 1952, made an emotional return to the banked French circuit
– With the Linas-Montlhéry Autodrome site currently undergoing a huge transformation – considerable work taking place to test autonomous vehicles with the Circuit’s infield – LGHA also gave a glimpse into the future of motorsport with Formula-E racers
– Making the most of the transformed infield, the LGHA organisers capitalised on the newly resurfaced space with a large display of classic car clubs with around 1,000 cars, plus a mini moving motor show, including the world dynamic debut of the new French-built MPM Motors Erelis
– The LGHA Aguttes auction staged a successful sale of historic motor vehicles at the event, including a trio of important ACs; a 1933 Type 16-66, Aceca-Bristol wide-track prototype and Cobra 289 Mark II FIA

The recent fourth edition of the annual Les Grandes Heures Automobiles (LGHA), held at the French temple of speed – the legendary banked Linas-Montlhéry Autodrome circuit just south of Paris – was unanimously declared to be the best yet by both the hundreds of participating competitors, plus the record number of enthusiastic spectators from all over Europe, all of which revealed in the glorious sunshine as they enjoyed spectacular vehicle demonstrations on the steeply banked Montlhéry track.

The famous record-breaking metallic-bronze Jaguar XK120 Fixed Head Coupe, registered LWK 707 and driven in early August 1952 by a quartet of British drivers – Stirling Moss, Leslie Johnson, Jack Fairman and Bert Hadley – to set an average speed record of 107.46 mph for seven days and nights none-stop at the Linas-Montlhéry Autodrome track, made a welcome and emotional return to the steeply racked circuit especially for the LGHA.

The Jaguar was joined by a Ferrari 156 F1 ‘Sharknose’ from the UK, driven by racing legend Arturo Merzario from Italy, along with the well-known BMW 3-Series Group 5 ‘Jägermeister’ from Switzerland, a selection of vintage competition Porsches from Germany, motorcycles from Belgium, plus naturally many exceptional models from France, including Matra, Alpine, Citroen, Bugatti, Peugeot, Voisin, Venturi and others, such as some rare racing Abarth SPs, Lancia Stratos, Ford GT40s and various Ferraris.

Members of the ex-works Alpine-Renault rally team gathered around Jacques Cheinisse and some of his ‘musketeers’ at LGHA to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the first WRC Constructors Title in the history of rallying. Other famous drivers present at the 2018 LGHA included Jean-Claude Andruet, François Chatriot, Emmanuel Collard, Erik Comas, Jean Pierre Jaussaud, Arturo Merzario, Philippe Monneret, Norman Nato, Bob Neyret, Nelson Panciatici and rallying legend Bruno Saby.

For the fourth LGHA, Europe converged on the Autodrome to put it back at the heart of the historic motorsports, but with the modern additions of a series of activities, including Formula E and a drift session and current trials bikers, using parts of the new Montlhéry infield construction site to jaw-dropping advantage. The Paris auction house Aguttes organised its second sale in the LGHA’s 1924 Pavilion, its star lots including a trio of important AC models, plus a number of modern classic hot hatches; all fetching healthy prices.

More than 50 exhibitors presented their latest products and expertise to the LGHA visitors, including Alpine, Alfa Romeo, Effeffe and new local passenger car producer MPM Motors, with its Erelis model making its dynamic world debut on the Montlhéry banking, with the LGHA visiting public able to drive the cars for themselves. There was fun for younger ages too with mini-quads, mini 4x4s, and mini-bikes to add to the passion for motoring from an early age.

Away from the historic competition machines at the LGHA, a huge display of around 1,000 vehicles from many classic car and bikes clubs were also in attendance, as well as exotic special supercars and performance GTs, plus a special LGHA classic car tour to the event.

A video highlight of the 2017 LGHA can be viewed and shared from the following link;

http://lesgrandesheuresautomobiles.com/en/autodrome-linas-montlhery-france/ (2017 LGHA aerial view summary; 06.48 run time)

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