Zürich – The three-day RAID SUISSE-PARIS in August 2011 with temperatures around 30° was very much a drive in the heat. The 180 historic cars drove the 900 kilometers from Bale to Paris over a 3 day period (all on side roads) and had numerous trials, navigation tests and timed stretches underway. The race in the category Sport was over 1100 kilometers long, including a 130 km race at night time. The robust old timers survived the strenuous exercise with only a few breakdowns.
After the start in Bale – every year a big society event – and stops in Strasburg and Reims the race finished by tradition in Paris, the cradle of automobile culture.
For the first time in its 21-year uninterrupted history an American brand won the RAID. The winner, Michael Heinrich and Jana Tetzke from Berlin, steered the very elegant 1942 Cadillac Series 62 through the finishing line as the overall winner in all classes.
The Coupe is a particularly rare form of the American luxury limousine. It is representative of the style characterized by aerodynamics that influenced American Cars in the early fifties and which was also adopted by the European Automobile Industry after the second world war.