Tour de France - The Weird, wacky and wonderfull vehicles
To celebrate the Tour de France, we've compiled a list of some of the craziest and coolest cars that've been used in this Cycling classic.
The Tour de France is one of the major sporting events that wasn't to canceled in 2020. After adjusting the event to keep up with the times, the event got underway. Skoda also decided to keep up with the times and, with the Enyaq iV, chose the first electric car to lead the pack. With their Corrida red-colored EV, Skoda shows that alternative propulsion is a good suit for the Tour (if not illegaly on the bikes). However, there have always been alternative vehicles in the Tour, so we came up with five examples of special vehicles in the Tour de France.
Renault 5 Pattex
A sticky situation
Where the front of the peloton has been looking at a Skoda for the past 17 years, the voiture publicitaire is driving in front of it. These mobile billboards have a long history with the Tour, Vitabrill in 1950 and Kickers in 1989 being good examples of this. However, our preference is for a simple but strong idea from Pattex. In contrast to the creations metioned above, the German brand decided to keep the shape of the simple Renault 5. However, on top of the 5, an identical 5 was “glued” to it, simple but effective.
Volkswagen New Beetle Credit Lyonnais - Tour de France
No growth hormones where used
Credit Lyonnais cannot be missed on this list, as a large French bank they have been participating in the advertising traffic jam for several years. The French Lion bank has been sitting on a buggy and a Smart, but its most recognizable vehicle came in the form of the New Beetle. With a giant yellow rider on top of the car, this entry is hard to miss. Credit Lyonnais yellow rider successfully completed the Tour de France from 2005 to 2013.
Fiat 500C Sense
A fast Italian coffee
That the convertible lends itself perfectly as an advertising vehicle has already been proven in the Tour de France. The C3 Pluriel from la vache qui rit or Teisseire or Bic (French ...) have proved that. However, we opt for the Fiat 500C of Senseo used in 2019. Italy and coffee, a perfect mix. That's how Senseo thought about it too and so they decided to turn the 500C into a countertop, of sorts... In addition to the special coffee hubcaps (not an option), the car also has a large Senseo device on the roof. It is unknown whether the coffee has also acquired an Italian taste as a result.
Citroën Jumper/Type H
A spicy van
It is a generally known facr that the French are proud of their history. That they needed some reminding by the Italians, is somewhat more suprising. Yet that's exactly what happened when Fabrizio Caselani, converted the Citroën Jumper into a retro Type H bus! These conversion kits are of course perfect for the Tour de France. The French mustard manufacturer Amora thought so too and they decided to spicy up their Jumper with one of the conversion kits. The retro color scheme coupled with the classic wheel covers compliment the Jumper very well. Thankfully a duller grey one dind't cut the mustard.
Sky Jaguar F-type & F-Pace
The Sky is the limit?
When we fall further back in the peloton, the creativity of the support cars unfortunately drops significantly. Not surprising, of course, because these vehicles are there to assist the riders with everything they need. Sufficient practical space is a requirement, the use of a Skoda is therefore Simply Clever. However, the Sky team thought outside the Czech box and decided to use an F-Type for the fast time trial in 2014. The fast coupe with space for 2 spare wheels and 2 spare bikes was not practical enough for the entire Tour though. The F-pace was therefore used for the first time in 2015. During the prologue in the Netherlands, the car was shown for the first time without camouflage material, a full 9 months before the car arrived at the first buyers.
Which cars did you like best? And what examples did we miss that you like the most? Let me know in the comments!