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Sunday, 10 June 2018

Paris-Rambouillet 2018

A Unic car, a French marque that existed from 1905 until 1938 as a car manufacturer.
This lovely little event commemorates the 1899 Paris-Rambouillet race won by the Renault brothers.  This was the 5th running of the event and it attracts a nice field of mainly pre-1918 cars. It is similar in some ways to the London to Brighton run in England but allows later cars.  We caught up with the event as it drove through the beautiful grounds of l'Abbaye des Vaux de Cernay.  They had already driven from Les Invalides in Paris to Versailles and then through the La Vallée de Chevreuse.   After a photo stop at Cernay they were off to Rambouillet and the finish and of course lunch.    As usual many of the drivers and passengers wore period costumes.  Although they were an hour late in arriving it was worth the wait.   We only saw the first arrivals as we were off to lunch ourselves.  Lunch is very important in France!   There were about 80 cars on the run and you can see a dozen or so below.  Well done to Renaissance Auto the organisers.
An early Renault.
A De Dion Bouton
A Lion, 
The luxury cars arrive.  A Cadillac followed by a Rolls Royce.
Rolls Royce.
A De Dion Bouton with Hotel at Vaux de Cernay behind.
An 1899 Decauville 
1909 Renault AX.  Love the goggles sir!
A drive through the park.
A Delage
The Hotel again provides a backdrop to this picture.
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What cars looked like in 1904.  

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Course de Cote de Sancerre 2018

This was my sixth consecutive visit to the Course de Cote de Sancerre, an event which attracts a fantastic field for a regional hillclimb.  The champion for the last five years, Serge Thomas, was absent from the entry list so I knew I would see a different winner this year.  I thought it was going to be Gael Boisson in his Dallara F3 car, who was leading after two runs, but in the end a Norma Sports Racing car was the winner.  Well done to Jordan Lamonica for a fine third run. His father also got into the top eight in the same car.  Nobody got close to the lap record of Serge Thomas but it was good to see the top five separated by less than a second.
C'était ma sixième visite consécutive a la Course de Côte de Sancerre, un événement qui attire des concurrents de bonne qualité pour une course de côte régionale. Le champion des cinq dernières années, Serge Thomas, était absent de la liste des engagés, alors je savais que je verrais un autre gagnant cette année. Je pensais que ce serait Gaël Boisson dans sa Dallara F3, qui menait après deux manches, mais au final une voiture Norma était la gagnante. Bravo à Jordan Lamonica pour une belle troisième manche. Son père s'est également classé parmi les huit premiers dans la même voiture. Personne ne s'est approché du record pour l’épreuve de Serge Thomas mais c'était bien de voir les cinq premiers séparés par moins d'une seconde.
The Merlin MP23 of Daniel Nature
The event was run in good warm dry weather, even if the clouds opened for an absolute deluge a couple of hours later.  As usual the organization by Ecurie Jacques Coeur was superb and the event went along at a nice brisk pace.  Wonderful value for spectators at just six Euro to see such beautiful fast cars.  Great also to be so close to the action and for a number of the pictures I used my widest lens as I was just a car width away from the drivers cutting the apex at turn four.
L'événement s'est déroulé par temps chaud et sec, même si il a plu des cords quelques heures plus tard. Comme d'habitude, l'organisation de l'Ecurie Jacques Coeur était superbe et l'événement s'est déroulé à un bon rythme. Une valeur incroyable pour les spectateurs à seulement six euros pour voir ces belles voitures rapides. Génial aussi pour être si proche de l'action et pour un certain nombre de photos j'ai utilisé mon objectif ultra-large car j'étais juste à une petite distance des pilotes qui coupaient l'apex au virage quatre.
Bernard Deulniau - Simca Rallye 2

The pictures are from the first two timed runs and a walk around the paddock at lunchtime. Below are the top thirty fastest runners and all of the class winners.

Full results via Ecurie Jacques Coeur website

Les images proviennent des deux premières courses chronométrées et d'une promenade autour du paddock pendant le déjeuner.  Voici les trente pilotes plus rapide et tous les vainqueurs de classe.

1st – 21 – Jordan Lamonica – Norma M20FC (Overall Winner & First in Group & Class)

2nd – 4 – Gael Boisson  - Dallara F307 (First in Group & Class)

3rd – 25 – Jérome Martin – Norma M20F

4th – 8 – Julien Bost – Dallara F302

5th – 6 – Didier Brun – Dallara F302

6th – 15 – Emmanuel Arbant – Norma F20FC


7th – 19 – Alain Le Sausse – Norma M20FC

8th – 221 – Bruno Lamonica – Noma M20FC

9th – 18 – Frédéric Chatelain – Norma M20F

10th – 7 – Franck Armion – Martini Mk79

11th – 24 – Cédric Sonzogni – Proto

12th – 10 – Olivier Gregoire – Dallara  (Class Winner)

13th – 26 – Sébastien Pic – Norma M20F


14th – 35 – David Jaumier – Silver Car 52F (Class Winner)

15th – 22 – Eric Lecerf – Norma M20B

16th – 17 – Stéphanie Tordeux – Norma M20FC

17th – 1 – Arthur Fiard – Tatuus FR2000 (Class Winner)

18th – 39 – Franck Gregoire – Speedcar GTR

19th – 2 – Bruno Beauvoir – Tatuus FR2000

20th – 38 – Tony Pasteau – Silver Car 52

21st – 20 – Daniel Nature – Merlin MP23

22nd - 120 – Anthony Dubois – Maxi Scora (First in Group & Class)

23rd – 5 – Daniel Job – Dallara 301

24th – 32 – Marion Alexandre – Ligier JS51 (Class Winner)

25th – 238 – Pauline Berthon – Silver Car 52


26th – 31 – Arthur Saint German – Merlin MP2000

27th – 235 – Bernard Jaumier – Silver Car 52F


28th – 16 – Jean-Pierre Picault – Barquette JPS FC

29th – 50 – Thomas Chavot – Seat Leon Supercopa (First in Group & Class)


30th – 33 – Alain Lagneau – PHC Dinatmo

32nd – 122 – Rodolphe Simon – Alpine A110 (Class Winner)

34th – 133 – Didier Thorin – Marcadier Barzoi (Class Winner)


36th – 54 – David Deremond – Renault Clio 4 – (Class Winner)

38th – 102 – Fabrice Girault – Peugeot 205 – (First in Group & Class)

39th – 43 – Florian Bartaire – Mitjet – (First in Group & Class)

41st – 63 – Gabriel Coste – Honda Civic Type R (Class Winner)

42nd – 126 – Alain Brissebonnet – Talbot R2 (Class Winner)


44th – 98 – Didier Rebois – Alpine A310 (Class Winner)

60th – 77 – Patrick Behal – Renault Clio RS (First in Group & Class)

63rd – 70 – Nicolas Buguellou – Renault Twingo RS (Class Winner)

66th – 116 – Rachel Poittevin – Peugeot 106 XSI (Class Winner)

75th – 45 – Claude Saint Germain – Caterham Evo  (First in Group & Class)

79th – 83 – Bernard Sautereau – Honda Civic (Class Winner)

82nd – 88 – Cédrik Thollon – Peugeot 106 Rallye (Class Winner)

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Philibert Michy - Renault Clio 3 Cup


Hillclimb cars don't normally have passengers!