The cars are parked inside the Grand Palais, on the Champs-Élysées, for a rare moment of luxury. Together for the first and probably the last time before they take the open road, Ferrari 275 GTBs mingle with Aston Martin DB4 GTs and Porsche 911 STs. Their drivers, meanwhile, navigate through the maze they’ve created, champagne glasses in hand, sizing up the competition. Many have taken part in previous editions, and are back for the fun the unpredictable drive provides. During the evening, we spot Richard Mille – a regular on the Tour – and his American ride, a 1963 Ford Galaxie. Zenith’s CEO, Aldo Magada, also appeared in good spirits, posing near a red Jaguar E-Type from 1964.