The Laon Historique 2018

What a great weekend we all had. From arriving at Dover through to getting back into our house we never stopped laughing.

Day One – Calais – Arras – Laon

The first scheduled stop on the trip was Arras for a lunch stop . Those ever so nice Scenic Tours guys had reserved parking for us in the towns old square, so along with 200 other cars we had lunch and a catch up in the brilliant sunshine.

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Arras Town Hall
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The Old Square Arras
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Wing Commander Edmondson and Jake Edmundson
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Captain Slow and Ann Eccles
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Mr and Mrs Warburton , looking every bit the Englishman abroad
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Colin and Gillian Mort
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Michael Ramsey stickering
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Mark and Carol Gordons  SRT6
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Sue Bosson looking sophisticated
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A rather nice car

After a quick dash to the hotel, for some it was quicker than others (we got lost and at one point was heading back to Calais). We had a group bonding session in the hotel bar and restaurant.

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Lost in France
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Hotel Kyriad in Laon

Day Two Saturday –  The Rally – Laon – Chimay – Laon

After an early start and getting registered for the event we all assembled at the start at Parc Foch (the sat nav on my iPhone made some very dubious commands at the pronunciation).

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Parc Foch before the start of the Rally
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Mark Gordon polishing his SRT6 before the start of the Rally
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Group Photo just in case we didn’t make it back
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Lunch Stop Chimay in Belgium and the newly opened road circuit
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A brace of Farrari’s waiting for the track
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I always wondered why the roaster had those flat plastic bits, now I know
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Karls SRT6 with a built in Picnic table
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Mark and Karl
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Ann breaking the house rules, NO EATING IN THE CAR
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Our turn for a spin around the track
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How come his brakes look better in red than mine?
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At the finish, we made it back first (Karl we did not use the SatNav haha)
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Out for another team bonding session (not a bad Photograph considering it was taken by a TVR driver)
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The Buffalo Grill, as the name suggests that is what I had just eaten

Day Two – The Precession Day

As the name suggests all the participants drive around the city until you have had enough driving and then you can pull in and watch the rest. The day starts with a briefing by the Mayor in the Town Hall followed by a champaign reception. Then just time for some lunch then the fun begins.

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Once you have parked the car then its a quick walk up two thousand steps and a steep slope to the town hall. Chris opting for a cardio vascular workout!
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Cars assemble in the Town Square
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In the Town Hall for the briefing
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He is the coolest mayor I have ever met
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A pre event cheeky aperitif before a quick explore around the town
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Cant beat an old Aston Martin, drop dead gorgeous
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before you start racking your brains its a Sabra made in Sabras were made in two basic versions in Tamworth (United Kingdom) and in Haïfa (Israel)
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There are incredible cars parked in every corner of the town
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The Cathedral is spectacular the stained glass windows looked fantastic with the sun behind them
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Todays lunch venue, be rude to walk pass
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The Food was fantastic and we all got to sit down together try that in England on a busy day!
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And so it begins
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The Mayor is in the first car around the circuit followed by the vintage cars

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Mark and Carol cruising
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Ian and Sue following close behind
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Parked up watching the parade
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Wow it was hot
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Masserati engines have a sound all of their own
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My favourite car of the day, it sounded and flew like a jet!
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Spotted these guys on one of our laps, the smartest guys on the day award!
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Next year, I can See Karl with his Commander’s Epaulets
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At the debrief and they are still talking haha
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Six o clock and the apocalyptic clouds started to form, just after i found my sunglasses, funny that!
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So we transferred the debrief to indoors
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This is what the debrief mainly consisted of

So after a fantastic weekend of early starts and not so early evenings, food to die for and great company to laugh with.

I have a few people to thank. Karl for his hard work in pointing us all in the right direction and getting us to book. To Jo who convinced Ann  to change our Cruise booking,

Ann says its the best decision she has made this year.

To Scenic Tours and the people of Arras and Laon and Chimay who made the event a fantastic experience and finally to everyone else who have made me laugh till my face hurt (you know who you are).

Here’s to next time.

 

 

 

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