Tour Auto 1971

29. Dec 2020 
by Ziv Knoll

The Tour de France Automobile is a race car competition all through France, which is made up of special stages, both on open roads and on race tracks.

The 1970 and 1971 editions stimulated a lot of attention from the public. The presence of two Matra 650’s entered by the factory (who will dominate the race) indeed attracted huge crowds.

In 1971, the two Matras of Gérard Larrousse and Bernard Fiorentino (main picture) were still favorites, but had to deal with strong competition from a Ferrari 512M driven by Jean-Pierre Jabouille and from a Ford GT70 driven by François Mazet, and also from the two Ferrari Daytona well driven by Andruet and Elford, both ready to bounce if the favorites failed.

Very soon Gérard Larrousse, helped by journalist Johnny Rives, dominated the race, and the two Matra 650’s were heading towards a great 1-2 when Fiorentino crashed in the later stages handing second place to the powerful Ferrari of Jabouille (yellow car in the picture above).

Source: DR

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