INTRODUCTION More than 30 vintage cars assembled in Paris on Saturday (23 April) to begin an event commemorating the 75th anniversary of the historic Paris-Vienna race.
INTRODUCTION More than 30 vintage cars assembled in Paris on Saturday (23 April) to begin an event commemorating the 75th anniversary of the historic Paris-Vienna race. in 1902 the Frenchman Marcel Renault drove his little 16 horse-power, four cylinder Renault over the 1,050 mile (1,693 kilometres) route in just over 26 hours -- achieving an astounding average for that year of 39 miles per hour (62 kilometres an hour) including all stops. He also beat 116 other competitors -- many with four times the power, and completed the course in seven hours less than the famous Arlberg express train.
SYNOPSIS: Saturday's entrants, 30 pre - 1939 Renault cars crewed by drivers from five countries, will take the same route Marcel Renault took -- but they certainly won't match the time achieved by Marcel Renault. They plan to take nine days over the drive to Vienna but the "old men of the road" will be tackling the 6,000 ft (1,828 metre) Arlberg Pass in Austria before completing their run.
Renault Limited, the French car manufacturers, are organising the race which also celebrates the 75th year of the firm's existence in Great Britain and its 50th year in Switzerland. For many foreign tourists in Paris for the spring, the cars were an added attraction.
Renault drivers in Britain have been particularly enthusiastic about the anniversary. They have most entrants and one of them, Mr. George Dorrington, has brought over a replica of the actual 1902 winning car. The original is in Renault's Paris museum.
United States Senator George Wingard is taking part in the event -- and he has had his car another replica of the original shipped over from America. The other foreign owned Renaults taking part come from Switzerland, Belgium and Holland. Renault have been running regular events on the continent for their old cars. They say that the owners and the old cars themselves seem to revel in the ventures-- some have even contrived to stay in France by breaking down, but Renault has so far always managed to get them back into action again.