Motor racing had grown in popularity throughout the first half of the 20th century, with a number of urban circuits holding Grand Prix events. In Gironde, the earliest races to be organised by Automobile Club du Sud Ouest (ACSO) were held in the Parc Bordelais throughout the 1920s, followed by a one-off Grand Prix in Saint-Médard-en-Jalles in 1932.
|Photo credited to C. Morin as |
previously featured in Sud Ouest.
|Artwork inspired by the Bordeaux races can be purchased from www.flyandrive.com: on the left is a scene from the 1953 Grand Prix with Ferrari's Ascari in the lead; on the right is a view of the home straight from 1954 showing, from left to right, Stirling Moss, José Froilán González, Eric Bayol and Jean Behra.|
Times have changed though and every now and then the subject of a Bordeaux city-centre motor race is raised again, particularly given the success of the Grand Prix still held today in Pau. For now though, the Bordeaux Formula 1 Grand Prix is a thing of the past, and a poorly-documented past at that.
However, a book recently published by local racing enthusiast Frederick Llorens and Yves Baillot d’Estivaux, the son of one of the original organisers, has amassed archive pictures, facts, figures and reports about the four Grands Prix. The book has succeeded in raising awareness locally of these amazing events and is arguably the next best thing to seeing and hearing the legendary drivers themselves!
- Big thanks to Fred for lending me the GoPro camera I used to film my Grand Prix lap!