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Leigh Greenham

Elite to Paris this weekend

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Tomorrow morning we take the Lotus over to Paris for two nights, to join in the parade on Sunday against the Mayor of Paris’s plan to ban old cars from the centre of the city on the grounds of pollution.  We will be doing a tour of the sites and sights with over 600 other classics, organised by a French car club who hope to get lots of publicity, so if you see anything on the tv news about it, look out for a blue Elite S2.2 with two Brits being arrested for smoky emissions (from the Lotus, not the Brits!).

 

Leigh, Oxford

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It was a brilliant trip, some low-res pictures at https://www.dropbox.com/sh/jdftfk2qicllbel/3CiytphU5u/Paris%202013

The Elite behaved impeccably throughout the 600-mile trip using Eurotunnel.  In Paris we met an Elise and a couple of Sevens, but name any other classic car of any make and there was probably one there. Veteran buses gave free rides to pedestrians, there were veteran bikes, a convoy of old tractors, and loads of support from the Parisiens. And at every junction there were old cars just going in every direction. The cobbled and hilly streets of Montmartre up to the Sacre Coeur reminded us of the car-chase scene in the original Pink Panther movie. As the day started before dawn, it was great to see so many amber headlights again!

As well as visiting most of the classic sites of Paris on the official route (see the pics), the Lotus also took us under the Alma Tunnel (avoiding the tragic 13th pillar) and to Chantilly where the public roads take you right into the Chateau grounds. There was a last minute deviation to the city route, as roads were shut around Place Vendome where Nicole Kidman was filming her Grace Kelly biopic, a 1980 Lotus caught in the background might have spoilt the historical effect.

We met two journalists from Classic Car Weekly magazine in a great barge of a Vauxhall, they featured the event in last week's edition.

Leigh, Oxford



 

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Great trip leigh, i saw it allready on the excel.net forum,

and you made some great pictures!! really nice to see this old chapman car inside france,

great that you made the trip inside a elite (and you did it will it did#n break down..) (because its a S2.2 haha)

 

i will see you this year also agian, at the excel,elite,eclat meeting,

and maby at donington,

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Great pics Leigh - car looks fantastic and well done for flying the Lotus wedge flag!

 

Laughed at the pic of the farmer who'd brought his tractor in the van. The French love a tractor or two at a demo!

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