One of the oldest and longest-running motorsport events before its last running in 1986, Tour de France Automobile as it was known in full first began in 1899 as a road rally around France. By 1980, the term ‘road rally’ was taken literally, on evidence of the competitors we see in this video. Renault 5, Porsche 911, Lancia Stratos, Alpine, Opel, Ford, Alfa Romeo, BMW – sports, rally and tin-top legends met for a multi-discipline assault on the French countryside.
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