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Video pays homage to vintage racing at Montlhery Autodrome


An awesome video uploaded this week by filmmakers Sebastian Schelley and Sven Arning celebrated an annual vintage vehicle event at the Autodrome de Linas-Montlhéry in France.

The video was comprised of close-up shots of pre-war engines firing, drivers revving engines and some of the event’s attendees, many of them wearing period garb.

It also included plenty of footage of the vintage cars driving the track’s famed bank curves.

The autodrome – located about 40 miles south of Paris – was designed by Rene Jamin. The 1.58-mile oval was designed to hold 2,205-pound vehicles traveling at 140 mph.

It hosted multiple French Grand Prixes in the 1920s and ‘30s until it was sold to the government in 1939. It was purchased by the Union Technique de l’Automobile et du Cycle in 1946.

Some races were held after the track’s sale, though that waned after fatal crashes showed that the track had several high-speed problems.

The autodrome is now the site of the Vintage Revival Montlhéry that routinely hosts hundreds of pre-war cars and their drivers.

Carter Nacke
Carter Nacke
Carter Nacke is a graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. He began his career at KTAR News 92.3 FM in Phoenix, the largest news radio station in Arizona, where he specialized in breaking news and politics. A burgeoning interest in classic cars took him to the Journal in 2018. He's still on the hunt for his dad's old 1969 Camaro.



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