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Bol d'or


extrait du journal "LA PRESSE" 9 juin 1927

photo : forum de l'Amicale Tricyclecariste de France

Le circuit de l'obélisque (5,2km) Fontainebleau

The Motor Cycle, July 1931


THE big international races which figure as the most important events in the automobile calendar are seldom open to the participation of the ordinary amateur who cannot hope to compete on level terms with teams of racing cars entered by their manufacturers and running with a highly complex factory organisation behind them. Their absence from these races, however, lends additional interest to the one great event of the year which may be said to be organised almost entirely for the more or less amateur entrant, the French 24-hour race for the Bol d'Or run in the environs of Paris. The event is open to cars and eyclecars up to 1,100 c.c. and there is never a paucity of starters ; but the entry list seldom has more than a sprinkling of cars whose makers' names are well-known, and the majority of machines which run bear curious titles or the names or initials of their drivers. Your real enthusiast in France, who probably is an amateur but for the ownership of one of those small garages on a great main road where repairs are carried out so amazingly efficiently, decides that he would like to build his own ideal small car ; and so he sets to work and finally the product of his labours is entered for the Bol d'Or 24-hour race where perhaps it will win its class, its builder will gain fame and, who knows, one day his name as yet unknown will rank with those of Renault, Peugeot or Parthard I

One Driver Throughout.

Another peculiarity of the Bol d'Or is that in spite of the fact that the race goes on for two rounds of the clock, only one driver is allowed per car. Your entrant, therefore, as well as being an efficient mechanic must also be an enthusiast for long spells at the wheel. It must be admitted also that he should be distinctly indifferent to changes of scenery, for this tenth Bol d'Or, which took place this year on Whit Sunday and Monday, 24th and 25th May, was run over the Circuit of St. Germain, which has a total length of little more than 2f miles.

At 5.45 on the Sunday evening, directly after the finish of the motor cycle race, the thirty-nine machines, which were to take part in the car event, were drawn up on the starting line. In the 3-wheeler division there was a single machine with a 350 c.c. engine, a Sphinx-Staub driven by Cheret. In the 500 c.c. class was a Monotrace, driven by Peger, with Amino on a car of his own construction powered with a J.A.P. engine, while another Monotrace with a 750 c.c. engine started with Gander as its driver and had against it a Sandford driven by Remont. The biggest 3wheelers with 1,100 c.c. engines consisted of a Sandford driven by its manufacturer and a Darm.ont-Morgan driven by Bouxgier. The smallest of the four-wheeled cyclecars which also had 350 c.c. engines, were driven by Raymond an.d Roger Cohn, and were described as a Viratelle