Patrick Peter created Peter Auto, in 1982, a subsidiary of Peter &Associés, a P.R company born in 1978. Peter Auto is dedicated to historic motor racing which very first event was the Grand Prix de l’Age d’Or Lanvin at the Montlhery circuit. Major creations are multi-awarded Tour Auto in 1992, the Le Mans Classic in 2002 and the Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille concours in 2014. In between, the launch of series such as successful CER, Sixties’ Endurance series. Patrick Peter has also initiated modern series: the BPR (1994) that organized the first motor racing event ever in the PRC and with the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, the Le Mans Series (2004) which is now the current WEC (FIA World Endurance Championship).Peter Auto is certainly one of the most renowned vintage car events company worldwide.
Like any boy at that period, his wish was to become a (racing) driver, though, at that time, he had no actual interest in classic cars. Nevertheless, he spent a lot of time to restore a Peugeot 201. As a teenager, he was a BMW fan. His first car was a BMW 2002 Tii, a second-hand car of course.
In 2014, he was appointed as the Head of Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille’s Committee and has previously been a judge at the former “Bagatelle” Concours in the early ‘2000s in Paris and once in Kuwait.
“The very concept that a car enables you to travel on your own, offers a getaway for freedom and later offers you to have the pleasure of driving and speed….” According to him, nowadays, cars are more and more aseptic, hence pure pleasure to drive is lessened. Furthermore, when you like to take care and maintain your modern car yourself, there is nothing left for you, all electronics. At the time, the cars aesthetics was much more radical and each make was recognizable at the first glance.
The car design is the first thing that attracts him; after that technology is a major point followed by the drive and then the rarity. Patrick Peter is more of a collector than a restorer and is a great fan of pre-war cars. Nevertheless, he most enjoys the cars, he knows the best – the cars that belonged to the ‘50s & ‘60s era.
He strongly feels that each make has produced great cars and less interesting ones… Nevertheless, he reckons that he particularly likes Alfa Romeo. ‘Whichever period you look at, you find racing and sports cars treasures with splendid body works at Alfa Romeo’s.’
A most beautiful Lamborghini Miura and a … little Metropole Nash are the recent additions to his collection. A pre-war 8C Alfa Romeo, a 250SWB Ferrari, and an FI GTR McLaren are his personal favorites.