The 2013 edition of the Grand Prix de Pau Historique was a huge success. This year the tour started in Libourne as the tour group members arrived from various parts of France! Some had come accross from our Classic Days event the weekend before, the rest had crossed via Portsmouth to Caen in commodore cabin luxury aboard Brittany Ferries. Our first evening consisted of a Bordeaux wine tasting then dinner in a local restaurant.
Day 2 started in bright sunshine, so top down motoring was a real pleasure. Our D-Road route took us into Gascony for one of our favourite lunches of the year on a duck farm! An extremely flavoursome lunch was had followed by an easy run into Pau. It is a great moment as you descend into Pau with the Pyrenees making a fabulous backdrop.
That evening we attended the drivers club gala dinner, where specialties from the region were bought in for us. The duck hamburger was a revelation! On Saturday we assembled at our parking area in the gardens of the Palais Beaumont, a wonderful setting. It was then to a real highlight….our parade laps! It is wonderful to have this opportunity to drive such a famous circuit, it is also a race track that the drivers relish. A real privilege.
We organised lunch on both days in the Paddock which is always a welcome addition as the restaurant is superb. The racing was very exciting this year with full grids of interesting cars. We think this may have been the best edition of this event to date!