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Day 3 Limonest Hill Climb

Day 3 – Limonset Hill Climb – 3.5 kms of hill. Closed road. 1926 c6 Amil car. A light weight type 51? This car won its class at nurburgring and Monza in 1931. This is the public road going up the other side.
The lunch was at the giordino museum. No vino … Not very French very Brussels perhaps. chatted to Fitz. And his driver / ride Nick Harley. Fitz says he is back in town, May some time.
We’ll the c6 seems very Lombard in some ways but very different in others; similar in …. voiterette class, no starter, a heavy push start, some plug challenges, boy it goes. thanks for the run Hubert (spelling) current president of the Swiss Bugatti club and attendee in NZ as well as S2S. Also thanks to Patrick Freidl for organising it.

Back to the hotel for a break and then dinner of course.

Until tomorrow.

Day 2 Driving the old Lyon GP Circuit

Day 2 Run to the original circuit – We ran down to Brenais, some 25 kms from the chateau. the cars all had up to three runs around the semi closed and semi controlled public roads making up the route.

The cars were all marshalled and let loose on the public roads at 10 sec gaps. Hurry up and wait was apt.


The mix of pristine cars and “as is” was a highlight. As was the quest for cool.
This was about 30 kms a lap. I had a very enjoyable run in a 1947 Simca. enjoy the ride with me…..
the crowds were great. you felt like a rider in the Tour de France. dinner at 8 at the chateaux. not even back to the hotel first…… Must be getting old(er).

Met up with George Wingard (1914 GP Mercedes) and his crew James, Goy Feltes (T35 Lyon car), Luc and Thomas Slijpen (T35 T).

Day 1 Arrival at Lacroix Laval Chateau – I had 23 hours of flights and two hours on the TGV to arrive 25 kms outside of Lyon at the “Grand Prix de Lyon Retrospective Historique”. The rally was based here and the cars were returned to the chateaux each night. The hotels were some 12 kms off.

120 cars present. 90 percent French. The event was 100 years of the lyon gp held July 4 1914, three weeks or so before WW1 starred, 90 years of T35 at Lyon and 67 years from the last gp at lyon.

By the numbers… Brescia’s 2, T30 2, T35/T35T/T35A/T35B/T35C 18. More by the numbers tomorrow.

I got a lift up the chateaux with hans smitt (Swiss bugattiste T37A, T51, T35/36, T49, T30, T22). We chatted and looked over cars. Dinner back at the hotel.