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.

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

Lost in France
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).

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

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!
Cars assemble in the Town Square
In the Town Hall for the briefing
He is the coolest mayor I have ever met
A pre event cheeky aperitif before a quick explore around the town
Cant beat an old Aston Martin, drop dead gorgeous
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)
There are incredible cars parked in every corner of the town
The Cathedral is spectacular the stained glass windows looked fantastic with the sun behind them
Todays lunch venue, be rude to walk pass
The Food was fantastic and we all got to sit down together try that in England on a busy day!
And so it begins
The Mayor is in the first car around the circuit followed by the vintage cars


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




2nd Oct 2016 AACNW Krispy Kreme Meet

The American Auto Club North West have a meet at Krispy Kreme Restaurant at the Trafford Centre the first Sunday of every month.

There are all sorts of fantastic vehicles that attend. On top of that you can get fresh Coffee and Donuts so whats not to like.

The meet starts around 10:30am,  usually a good turnout,especially if weather is good, with lots of cars, and there is an  AACNW member tent selling club items.

The range of vehicles is amazing, Hot Rods, Low Riders, Muscle Cars and Trucks, a great way to spend a couple of hours on a Sunday morning.

Sat Nav Details

Krispy Kreme Manchester
Barton Dock Road
Trafford Park
Greater Manchester
M41 7PP

4th Sept 2016 – Flat Caps and Ferrets Huddersfield Hot Rod Show


Photograph Courtesy of Flat Caps and Ferrets

The Flat Caps and Ferrets Car Show showcases Hot Rods , Drag Racers and much more. To exhibit simply turn up on the day , a £5 donation is appreciated as its for Charity.

If you drop onto the British Crossfires facebook page and let us know if you will be attending we can organise meeting somewhere and drive to the event in convoy.

Your host for the event will be Karl Edmondson.

Sat Nav Information

Lepton Highlanders Sports Ground 148 Wakefield Road Lepton Huddersfield HD8 0LX