For one weekend each year, the sights and sounds of 1950s road racing return to the small town of Bressuire, just north of us here in Deux-Sèvres. The Grand Prix Automobile Historique takes place on the weekend closest to the end of June or beginning of July.
Bressuire hosted competitive meets until a racing ban was imposed following the 1955 Le Mans disaster. The eighth running of the Grand Prix Historique in 2013 saw cars from 1910-1972 in four classes tackle the demanding street circuit over two days. The event is renowned for its relaxed and friendly atmosphere and is completely free to spectators and something of a bargain for racing participants, with entries costing just 55€. The action takes place on a short street circuit just off Place St Jacques. The paddock is located in the Place (square) and spectators are free to walk around the cars and buy refreshments.
Here are some photographs from the 2013 meeting:
For a fantastic free weekend event for the family this is unbeatable and our gîtes provide the perfect base to visit the Bressuire GP.