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Little Classics News: 2 February 2016

Peugeot to Flex its Heritage Muscles at the London Classic Car Show

Peugeot 405 T16 Grand Raid

This year’s London Classic Car Show, held on 18th to 21st February, sees Peugeot celebrate a considerable history with key anniversaries, classic cars, heroes and its considerable motor sport success.

Key Peugeot Motor Sport anniversaries in 2016

  • 100 year anniversary of its second victory at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at the hands of Dario Resta – the first British driver to win there (1916 with wins in 1913 and 1919)
  • 50 years since the 504 won the East African Safari rally for the 2nd time (wins; 1963/1966/1967)
  • 35th anniversary of Peugeot Sport formation (1981)
  • 30-years since it took its second World Rally Championships for the 205 T16 (1985 & 1986)
  • 28-years since Ari Vatanen won the Pikes Peak hill climb in such convincing style

Peugeot 205 T16

1 of 200 models of the 205 T16 – the road-going version of the very-successful Group B winning rally car - will sit on the stand. Another classic car is a 405 T16 Grand Raid (top) car which Ari Vatanen took to seven of its eight victories.

In competition, Peugeot has been around for a while. In 1894 Albert Lemaître driving a Peugeot 3hp Type7 won the ‘first recorded motor sport competition’ - the Paris to Rouen race. Five Peugeot cars were entered with all five finishing, Albert in front.

Peugeot 405 T16 Pikes Peak

In 1895 Édouard and André Michelin first used pneumatic tyres in competition (before solids were used on public vehicles) on a Peugeot car for the Paris-Bordeaux-Paris race. In 1912 Georges Boillot, driving a Peugeot with the first four-valve per cylinder engine (with Double OverHead Camshaft - DOHC 4-cylinder 7.6-litre), won the French Grand Prix and was the first to repeat success winning again in 1913 and 1915

In 1913 Peugeot became the first non-American company to win the Indianapolis race (winning again in 1916 (Dario Resta) and in 1919 (Howdy Wilcox) at the Brickyard. And it continued over the decades with successes across touring cars, rally stages, safari, endurance racing and even hill climbs.


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