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Saint Tropez - the Secret Location for Racing Freaks

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26/05/2014

I stumbled across this insider tip for racing freaks by accident, so let me tell you what happened. I was on my way to Monaco to do a story about the Formula One Grand Prix there. It was a quite beautiful, but also very long drive to get there. So I wound up in Saint Tropez. I had lost my way a few times, it was getting dark and I was tired, so I checked into a small hotel near the shore. It was cozy and after settling in, I went down to the bar for a drink. You would not believe what I found there. The walls were plastered with old pictures of Formula One cars and pilots. I asked the bartender about them and he told me something I did not know and like to share with you today: Saint Tropez is a hub for Formula One enthusiasts -and more. Let me tell you the details. (Picture Credit: Reise400.de)

Saint Tropez has its own damn racing course

That is where all the pictures in the bar came from. Its name is Circuit Paul Ricard and it is located 25 miles north of Saint Tropez. All in all 14 Grand Prix races were held there. So, why haven’t you heard of it? Because it was abandoned as a Formula One Circuit in the early nineties, although quite recently there were talks of reactivating it for the racing circus. Right now, it is one of the locations were the pro teams go to train. It is also known as the Paul Ricard High Tech Test Track (or short Paul Ricard HTTT). There are actually plenty of other races still going on there, but for most racing fans it has fallen off the map a little bit. Which is great, because it is relatively undisturbed and you can go there to experience the unofficial site of racing. And by that, I mean... (Picture Credit: Circuitpaulricard.com)

You can actually train there

You heard right. The course offers training days and extensive behind the scene looks in the same rooms the pro teams use to train and develop their cars. You can see everything - the shops, the pits, the track - and (if you are willing to pay for it) the inside of a Formula One racing cockpit. The company AGS Formule 1 is offering workshops, driver training and much more. There is also a kart track, open days, where you get onto the racing track with your own car or motorbike and many other amazing opportunities, you didn’t know where there right in front of Saint Tropez’ city gates. I talked with a visitor at the track who told me that sometimes even can meet the pit crews or pro drivers at the cafeteria. But that’s not all. Saint Tropez has more to offer for racing fans because... (Picture Credit: Agsformule1.com)

The whole City is chock full of the most amazing racing cars

Seriously, it is like the gods of expensive race cars hold their annual conference there. All the time. You won’t find any city where you can walk around a corner and encounter more Lamborghinis, Porsches and Ferraris than in Saint Tropez. And since St. Tropez is a city for the rich and famous, and the inspiring source of some very elegant casinos and card clubs as well as a ton of very attractive and friendly people."

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