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Montlhery

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Vincent Mouton

After a meeting in February around Retromobile, the island team (Duncan, Tom and Colin, joined by Bill) agreed to welcome a froggy guy for a trip around the Montlhery Vintage Revival. They pick me at home around Soissons (north east of Paris) and I copilot them around Paris, to the Montlhery track, south west of Paris, using small roads… So, on thursday afternoon, still at work, I've received a mail confirming the arrival on the next day morning: Pains au chocolat and Croissant delivered on 3 wheels is a news thing in my village and they were celebrated with some coffee before heading for the road…

My planned route start going on the Marne Valley, from Chateau-Thierry to Coulomiers, following the end of the Champagne vineyard area for a first stop on the small place of Coulomiers. Another coffee consummed (tea for me) to warn up the bodies in this cold morning, we went to the medieval town of Provins where the Pembleton really litterally "open the doors": first, the doors of the medieval town center, closed to visitors vehicules thanks to the invitation of a very nice local guy that also invite us to visit his garden with an incredible view over the rampart and his 12th century cellar: we were stupefied!

We spend a (too) long lunch in this nice town before heading forward. The plan was to go to the chateau de Fontainebleau before visiting the Amical Jean Salis in la Ferté Allais where is displayed a very alive collection of vintage plane, from the 10's to the 60's. A rumbling alternator bearing add delay to the trip that was already late thanks to the visit and the restaurant but that's also the joy of this travel: unplanned things add spice, isn't it? So we go threw the Fontainebleau forest directly to the Chateau that will be our base camp for the Vintage Revival. The alternator of Crozier decide to stop 6km before arrival so it was a good move to skip the Ferté Allais. Belt removal and go ahead!

We arrive at the campsite to meet some competitors of the event, either on bikes (Panthers, Norton, …) or cars: Bugatti (driven by Caroline Bugatti, grand daughter of Ettore) and a nice Georges Irat, but no other three wheelers. Lot of talking with neighbours, search for a 2cv alternator, short diner and a good sleep after some bubles to be at the top of ourself for the event…

Start in the morning, breakfast on the grass, gearing up (flying jacket, leather helmet and googles) ready for the 10km trip to Montlhery, but Tom's gearchange has other idea: broken at the first traffic light! Lot of tools were involded, a poor tree give a piece of himself, sculpted with brio by Bill and his knife, then he decide to forge a piece of metal with the town furnitures and a bench (nothing of anybody was harmed…) and with the biggest jubilee clip ever seen, Tom was able to move from 2nd to 3rd to finish the trip… to Montlhery!

Glorious day with beautiful, weird and crazy pre-war cars (and people): Lovely! I can only recommend: it's a quite small but nearly intimate event. I'm sure others will repport with more details… I was also very happy to meet Dave and his wife but also Michael and Eileen. I remember our first meeting five years ago when Michael offered me my first ride in his Pembleton - this definitively convince me to go ahead and purchase one!

A very nice evening happened then: the organization of the event was having diner at the Chateau where is our campsite and they invite all particpant with old cars sleeping in the campsite to have an apéritive with them. We meet with the owner of the Helica and lot of others guys (and girls, isn't it? jealous guys!). I won't describe all the night, but a nice diner follow, with some liquid consummed and nice song and even dance in the castle!

The following morning was a little bit later than the previous…

Tom explain me the best way to use a Pembleton as a motorhome: really usefull… and also surprising, knowing that Tom isn't very short!

The second day was really sunny, leading to beautiful pictures but also some redskin people (me first…) Lot of ice cream were used for cooling us: between the heat, the banking, the sound of Bugatti and some aero engined specials, we really need that. Ears were still ringing the following day!

Sandrine, my wife, dispatch us the spare parts needed for the end of the trip: Tom, Bill and Colin were like children in the morning of christmas! It was then time for me to head home - I have to be at work on monday - with lot of nice memories in my head!

Thanks again to the team if nice chaps that make my experience of Pembletonist more complete: this really gave me the push to go ahead and finish mine!

Regards

Vincent

Vincent Mouton's pictures of Montlhery trip
Vincent Mouton's pictures of Montlhery trip
Vincent Mouton's pictures of Montlhery trip
Vincent Mouton's pictures of Montlhery trip
Vincent Mouton's pictures of Montlhery trip
Vincent Mouton's pictures of Montlhery trip
Vincent Mouton's pictures of Montlhery trip
Vincent Mouton's pictures of Montlhery trip
Vincent Mouton's pictures of Montlhery trip
Vincent Mouton's pictures of Montlhery trip
Vincent Mouton's pictures of Montlhery trip
Vincent Mouton's pictures of Montlhery trip
Vincent Mouton's pictures of Montlhery trip
Vincent Mouton's pictures of Montlhery trip

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