France’s Jaguar Mk2 hero
BERNARD CONSTEN 5 APRIL 1932 – 28 JULY 2016
Four-times Tour de France Automobile winner Bernard Consten has died, aged 84. While much less well known today than Jaguar race drivers like Graham Hill or Roy Salvadori, Consten achieved a spectacular run of successes for Jaguar in Europe with the 3.8-litre Mk2 saloon.
His career centred around the Tour de France Automobile – essentially a car rally covering over 3000 miles of public roads, including multiple speed hill climbs and circuit and endurance events
From 1960 to 1963 Consten and his co-driver Jack Renel enjoyed a superb run of four victories with their Mk2 in the Tourisme category. 1964 saw not only the end of his domination of the event, but also the temporary demise of the Tour itself due to lack of money. Then in 1969 it was revived with the help of Consten, who had become president of France’s national motor sport body. He was a true Jaguar hero, and one who deserved to be better known. Paul Skilleter
Bernard Consten in action during the 1961 Tour de France Automobile.