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Sunday, 25 January 2015

Follow the 1965 season from 50 years ago

Why not follow the 1965 motor racing year with me?   Each week I will share a short report and the occasional video with you of what was going on 50 years ago.   The season has already started so catch up by clicking on 1965 above.

I have already posted videos featuring Graham Hill, Dan Gurney,Timo Makinen and Peter Harper and we are not yet at the end of January.

See a full report on the 1965 South African GP and the Tasman series as it unfolds.  Catch up with the start of the 1965 NASCAR season as it starts in Riverside, California.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

2015 Traversée de Paris Hivernale

The 15th Traversée de Paris Hivernale was held last Sunday
On Sunday 11th January 2015 the 15th Traversée de Paris Hivernale was held.  It had been a difficult week for Paris with the multiple terrorist attacks that had taken place in the preceding few days.  The atmosphere on the Sunday was both one of relief and defiance.  Most of the cars taking part in the Traversée carried 'JE SUIS CHARLIE" stickers.

Organised by the Vincennes en Anciennes, as usual there was a huge selection (over 600) and variety of vehicles with the emphasis on classic cars but plenty of bicycles, motor bikes and vans as well. They started and ended up their day at the Chateau de Vincennes. Gareth, Kido-san and myself got up early and headed up to Montmartre in my Alfa Romeo for the first arrival of the cars in this beautiful part of the city.  Later, we headed down to Les Invalides to catch up with the remaining classic vehicles and then took some lunch after taking well over 1,000 photos between us.  The weather was excellent for the time of year and with the excellent turn out of participants and the good atmosphere it was a special morning.  I hope you enjoy these thirty or so photos that I took and am sharing with you all.

If you have never been to the Traversée of Paris make it a date for next year.

Early in the morning in Montmartre with three cars from the Traversée, Alfa, Triumph and Mini.
One of my favourite classic cars, a Lancia Fulvia Coupé leaving the square at the top of Montmartre
Cars and bikes including this Renault 4CV, climbing up to the square at the top of Montmartre
Dressed up for the cold in their Jaguar C Type (replica?)
Vintage Bugatti in the early morning light
Old Citroen passes over the old cobbled streets by the Sacré Coeur 
The Traversée passes under the Sacré Coeur
Beautiful condition Volvo P1800
VW Beetle convertible passes by the Christmas decorations
A queue of classic cars travel down the narrow Montmartre lanes
An elegant old Ford
Fifties Alfa Romeo Spyder
There were bikes as well as cars including this character playing the part of the Gendarme
These two beautiful vans about to set off again
Citroen Avant climbs the hill
More variety including Porsche 936 and three wheeler
Jaguar Mk2 passes by the Montmartre paintings
Ford Thunderbird
Renault 4CV
A vieux tacot nearly at the end of the climb up to Montmartre
A bicycle made for two
Jaguar C Type Close Up
Ferrari Dino 246 GT
Jaguar XK140
Jaguar E Type
Tractors share the road with an AC Cobra
Jaguar E Type in front of Les invalides
Peugeot 404
Morgan Three Wheeler
Alpine Renault A110
Ford Mustang parked in front of Les Invalides
Thanks to all the Ferrari, Lamborghini, Jaguar, Alfa Romeo, Morgan, AC Cobra, Renault, Citroen, Alpine Renault, Ford, Chevrolet, Buick, Porsche, Bugatti, VW, Mini, Triumph, Austin Healey, MG, Volvo and other owners who took part.  A great selection of French, British, American, German, Italian, Swedish and other vehicles.

For more photos of Classic Cars including the 2014 Traversée de Paris and last year's Classic Days at Magny Cours click on the Classic Cars tab above.

John Etherton asserts the copyright to the photos in this blog post but feel free to republish them elsewhere on the web as long as you publish the name of the photographer and this blog site and provide a link to this page.

I am looking forward now to the Rallye Monte Carlo Historique at the end of the month and Retro Mobile at the beginning of February.