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Author:  joejules [ Wed Apr 11, 2018 3:34 pm ]
Post subject:  pembleton by rail in france

Hi all, Jules and i are pondering taking our Pembleton down to Avingnon on the train in the summer and touring around Provence. I know all of you on here are going to call us wet pants and would think nothing of driving down in January but it takes all sorts to make an owners club and we havn't got a lot of time ! Has anyone any experience of doing this and also, do any of the cross channel ferries offer a cheaper rate for three wheelers ?

Author:  david [ Wed Apr 11, 2018 5:30 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: pembleton by rail in france

ah, if it has 3 wheels....[I think its a Guy made one]...then it might not go on motorail...the rear drops through ???
drive it and in here and take time in the Lot valley..on your way as its the journey just as much fun as just getting there...Spike has driven several times to here and then we do some drives through lovely valleys and etc..
Use it and enjoy it...

Author:  MikeM [ Wed Apr 11, 2018 6:05 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: pembleton by rail in france

Hi Joe,
I looked at using the french system to transport the car, whilst you sit in comfort/sleep through the journey. For me, it fell at the first hurdle - the SNCF workers have to put your car on the transporter on departure and take it off on arrival, you can't do that yourself. Acquaintances using a Citroen DS left specific written instructions that the car should not be driven off, until the suspension had raised the car - it was started and driven briskly immediately, damaging the sump. End of holiday day 1.

We take Bolide to France several times a year. Dover/Dunkerque is the cheapest ferry - last trip was £39 each way. We do around 200 miles a day on D roads and overnight in little auberges/ chambres d'hotes - for us David is 3 overnight stops away.

We have spent some time in Provence travelling, starting and finishing in Avignon - motoring in Provence is wonderful, although it does get a bit bleak and remote as you motor north.

It's always good to touch bases with David - a haven of safety in the middle of France, with all manner of specialist services nearby. However, if you've little time.....

If you are going to Avignon, we recommend the "Rendezvous au Chateaux" one day wine tour - not cheap but a full days motoring in Provence, in the guides SUV, visiting Chateaux with lunch included and return to wherever you're staying.

Author:  duncan grimmond [ Fri Apr 13, 2018 9:09 am ]
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I agree with Mike. I use the Hull/Zeebrugge crossing as it's only 75miles from here. From Zeebrugge you can get into the Somme area very quickly and out of (oh no,) Belgium (man!)
If you use a GPS set it to avoid motorways, add waypoints which are on D roads and enjoy the wonderful, traffic free, well surfaced "routes départmentales" which take you through small towns and villages. You will not be able to get the key out of the ignition without becoming involved in a conversation when you park in the square for a coffee.
Some specialist mechanical vocabulary will win hearts: cordons, bras de suspension, direction, freins, boîte de vitesse, tout à Deux Chevaux... will bring responses of "felicitations m'sieur, bon continuation" which you would not find on the train!

Author:  joejules [ Fri Apr 13, 2018 9:28 am ]
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You see , i said i thought you were all a hardy lot. I've yet to meet another Pembleton owner but i'am imagining a cross between Bear Grillis and Earnest Shacklton ! However, many thanks for these replies. Perhaps we'll just pootle off down the back roads as you suggest without giving ourselves any definite goal. Our car is really loosening up now and i have no concerns about it doing the distance. We're going to be at the Flywheel Festival at Bicester in june and also Goodwood in september if anyone else is planning to be there. Joe and Jules

Author:  MikeM [ Fri Apr 13, 2018 10:44 am ]
Post subject:  Re: pembleton by rail in france

Whereabouts are you? Have a look at the map of members in the register of chassis numbers - you could be surprised to find an owner not too far away. In time you'll find that most Pembletoniers are/have been motorcyclists , so apart from similar wet weather gear, travelling in a Pembleton is much the same as any open car - but much more fun! There are Pembleton owners in France too so it's worth looking them up.Be prepared for an audience every time you stop - the french are really keen to see the cars close up and take photos!

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