P-P days 9&10

Yesterdays trip from Lausanne to Reims was straightforward but long. Driving 7 hours cross countty arriving at 3pm to be ready to greet the competitors at the last time control. We only stopped for one coffee at a small roadside auberge where an old man was preparing Girrole mushrooms for the ‘plat de jour’

We then manned the control for 5 hours stood in the heat and parking the cars in the town centre overnight before dashing off to the penultimate event dinner. Hence no report from yesterday.

Day 10. The finish.

Off early (again) to visit the old racing circuit at Reims. Now apparently restored but it didn’t look much different from when I visited it many years ago. The grass had been cut and the litter picked up… Interesting though.

On arrival in Place Vendome in Paris we erected the Finish ramp and waited expectantly for the cars. Huge crowds arrived with friends and family’s from around the world looking forward to welcoming their loved ones. 

Eventually he first cares came into view and the place erupted with cheers and spraying champagne! We marshalled the cars to the ramp most of the afternoon and then when it was all done managed to find be a glass or two for ourselves. 

Prize giving dinner tonight and home tomorrow afternoon.

The last two weeks have been a fantastic adventure, making new friends and catching up with some old ones. The film and photographs shown at the dinner showed how challenging the whole event was. 

In a word ‘Epic’.

I wish I’d been in Peking for the start….


About James Ewing

Cars are my passion in my business and private life. I run James Ewing Limited - International Brokers of Collectors Cars and I also have a successful restoration business. I navigate on classic rallies in the UK and europe and in my time have competed in many types of motorsport. At home we have an interesting collection of micro/mini cars, a 1958 Renault 4cv, 1962 Fiat 600d Multipla and a 1967 Subaru 360. All in all I spend most of my time 'dickingaroundwitholdcars'
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1 Response to P-P days 9&10

  1. Sounds fantastic. I’m hugely jealous!

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