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Snapshot, 1958: No pit lanes on the Tour de France Automobile

It’s September 1958, and seven years after its revival, after being put on hold for 20 years, the Tour de France has established itself as a major event on the European race calendar. Entrants are flocking to the race not just for the competition but also the unpredictability of the public route…

After two previous consecutive wins of the Tour de France Automobile, Ferrari is anxious to add another notch in its belt with this year’s race — not to mention stave off the added pressure of winning the race the 250 GT is now nicknamed after since its 1956 triumph. With 10 out of the 113 entrants being 250 GTs, Ferrari is doing all it can to ensure the results fall in its favour. Co-drivers Maurice Trintignant and François Picard are well of aware of the goal, doing whatever necessary to put their 250 GT on top of the podium, including changing out its tyres on the side of the road to obtain the maximum amount of grip on the winding roads. This would prove advantageous, as they would end up in second, sandwiched between the 250 GTs of Olivier Gendebien and Lucien Bianchi and Hermano da Silva Ramos and Jean Estager— three of seven 250 GTs that would finish in the top 10.  

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