SUIXTIL MOTORSPORT

Tour Auto 2009

Date: April, 26, 2009

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Together with Mille Miglia, historic Monte Carlo Rally and Goodwood, the Tour Auto counts amongst the most important classic car events in Europe. Originally Tour Auto was called the Tour de France Automobile and was first organized in 1899. As the name suggests the event was basically a round-trip of France, held off and on until 1986.

In 1992, the Tour de France Automobile (later renamed Tour Auto) returned as a historic event, open to cars of a type that competed in the Tour de France between 1951 and 1973. Since then, well over 200 cars have lined up every year for the five-day marathon through France. The field is split in competition and regularity classes. The entrants in the competition class need to set the fastest possible times, while in the regularity class consistency is key.


In 1992, the Tour de France Automobile (later renamed Tour Auto) returned as a historic event, open to cars of a type that competed in the Tour de France between 1951 and 1973. Since then, well over 200 cars have lined up every year for the five-day marathon through France. The field is split in competition and regularity classes. The entrants in the competition class need to set the fastest possible times, while in the regularity class consistency is key.


Ferraris dominated the event in the 1950s and early 1960s. There were a number of Ferraris assembled this year, among them the number 107 – a 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB from father and son Lancksweert (B) - distinctly sporting the Suixtil logo. Jeremy Lancksweert said: "We started in the regularity class, but our main goal was to keep up with the competition class. Five long days of intensive driving led us up to a satisfying overall 56th place."

During the race, the Lancksweert team wore the full Suixtil outfit from the Heritage line, thus not only promoting our brand but also submitting the clothes to endurance and quality testing in a real racing environment. Jeremy Lancksweert commented: " The original Suixtil race pants were so fantastic that my father and I wore them morning till evening for 5 days in a row. I have never worn more suitable and comfortable pants for sitting in a hot cockpit of a front engine 12 cylinder race car. The Sebring race shirt and the Targa polo leave plenty of room for arm movement, and we were very happy to have the cashmere sweater to keep us warm during the cold morning hours, yes the sweaters were essential at the 6AM starts.” Jeremy also enjoyed the Suixtil touring bag to store all their critical race belongings like authorization documents, road book, chrono’s etc.

Needless to say many people interrogated about the Suixtil brand the Lancksweert team was sporting and found it awe-inspiring. Jeremy explained: "People like the origin and the authenticity of this brand. The Suixtil heritage outfit is historically relevant. Recalling Fangio and his companions racing to countless victories in Suixtil outfits puts you instantly in the right spirit." Off the track, the Lancksweert team wore formal shirts and ties from the Suixtil contemporary line, thus never leaving their winners’ spirit behind.


Congratulations to the Lancksweert team!

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