David Piper Tribute for Les Grand Heures Automobiles
A special tribute to British racer David Piper will take place at the 2017 Les Grandes Heures Automobiles (LGHA) set for September 23-24 at France’s celebrated Linas-Montlhéry Autodrome circuit.
The Piper tribute, the first time that his racing career has been so celebrated, will include a wealth of rarely seen historic and classic competition and road cars. This celebration is fitting, since the Linas-Montlhéry Autodrome is a circuit from which Piper has many great memories.
As well as attending the LGHA in person, David Piper will be bringing cars from his own career and private collection to Montlhéry, supplementing the special display with other cars from private owners in which he either raced or which represent models he drove. These cars will be displayed together in the Montlhéry paddock, with many of them also running around the banked Autodrome circuit in their relevant grids. The cars from Piper’s personal collection will include his famous bright “BP” green Ferrari 250 LM (above), as well as his Lola T70 MK 3B, Ferrari 365 P2 and Porsche 917K, the latter two being on static display.
Accompanying these will be some rare gems from the Californian-based Peter Mullin Collection, including a 1927 Delage 15 S-8 GP racer, as well as five of the Mullin Museum’s Voisins, such as the 1927 Montlhéry record-breaking car.
French car fanciers will marvel at the huge variety of other vehicles from LGHA’s homeland at the event, with the Delage and Voisins being joined by nine-time World Rally Champion Sebastian Loeb in action in his Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak racer, plus Group B Peugeot 205 T16s, Renault 5 Turbos, with Bugattis, Alpines, Citroens, Matras, Delahayes, Gordinis, Panhards, a CD-Peugeot LM66, and many more.