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  1. Five Lotus cars from the Cambs Area will be travelling in Mid May to the fabulous museum at Loheac ( via Portsmouth/St.Malo) and then on to Le Mans for a quick look at the museum and a trip around those parts of the circuit open as "normal roads". Marion and I went to Loheac in the Matra Bagheera last year and then took it on to Romarantin to the site of the factory where it was made 32 years ago. Considering this Bagheera had spent two years in a scrapyard and then another 18 months in a hedge before being restored and this was it's first big trip I was really impressed with how it performed..which was faultlessly! I have to say that the quality of French roads puts our British roads to shame.
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  2. Speed limits....130kph on dry autoroutes is a lot better than the UK anyway; if you have a GPS, use it to give an accurate speed reading...speedometers are nearly always over reading; my Volvo indicates 87 at a true 80mph/130kph. So you can then travel at the correct, legal, speed.... You are VERY unlikely to be stopped by the Gendarmerie..if you are, being able to speak even a bit of French helps a lot. As far as sets of bulbs are concerned, I agree that all you need is one of the nice plastic boxed sets sold for the purpose, something to wave at the Gendarme if needed. As long as your lights have the stickers on them everyone will be happy...nobody is going to test them! One other requirement is a first aid kit as it's a legal duty to give first aid in the event of an accident. Lots of French drivers keep their hivis vests draped over the car seats..then they're visible to the authorities and one less reason to stop you! Matk says they'll do you for 1kph over the limit; all I can say is that hasn't been my experience, but better not to take the chance!!
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