DrDavidB
Any other AMOC members participating in the Traversée de Paris this weekend? Would be good to meet up at the start.

Should be 700 cars taking part so I hope mine isn't the only Aston.
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john curtis
Have a good time and lets have a report with pics please.
It should be well covered in La Vie de l'Auto.
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DrDavidB
Will do John, would be nice to get a photo with other Astons...
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Rich5ltr
Good luck David, no I'm not participating. My Aston's engine is in pieces at Davron and it's a bit wet & cold for the Lag.
Still burning hydrocarbons just for fun! 

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DrDavidB
This was an absolute hoot and I recommend it to anyone. I'll be totally honest and admit that decent weather would have been nice but it was such good fun that it didn't really make a whole lot of a difference. We got off lightly this year apparently, last year it was -6 deg celsius!!

Le Shuttle was running pretty well so we made Paris by 2pm on Saturday leaving us time to take in some of the Parisian atmosphere. Lots of security about as you might expect and I gather attendances at shows and concerts are down significantly so I were pleased to be bolstering numbers and showing our support.

We aimed to arrive at the Chateaus de Vincennes by 7am on Sunday morning but once we got within 1/2 mile of the place the queues had already built up. Quite bizarre to be passed by a chap riding a 50 yr old moped wearing a priests cassock and towing a small trailer filled with onions, baguettes, garlic and cheese followed by a period dressed gendarmes riding a penny farthing.

We picked up our route book and set off expecting to just follow everyone else but at the first crossroads people went left, right and straight ahead so it was a complete free for all. The 2.5hr route took us past all the sights and had lots of opportunities to just park up and socialise or get coffee and croissants.

I believe that about 700 cars, motorbikes, buses and bicycles took part and they all seemed to have a really great time. We only saw 3 other Astons but I'm not sure that they were actually part of our group or had just come and joined in. Anyway, we will be at it again when they run their next Traversée in August.

Photos attached but hundreds more available online from various sources.
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asington
What a wonderful occasion! I wish I had been there to show my solidarity with the Parisiennes. The wonderful wide streets in Paris would probably lend themselves to such an exercise - just imagine what would happen in London - the parking attendants would be madly issuing tickets to every parked car and the streets would be even more congested!
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v12 volante man
asington wrote:

What a wonderful occasion! I wish I had been there to show my solidarity with the Parisiennes. The wonderful wide streets in Paris would probably lend themselves to such an exercise - just imagine what would happen in London - the parking attendants would be madly issuing tickets to every parked car and the streets would be even more congested!


+1 Andrew. Always expect the unexpected in London village now days.

Enjoy the Paris road trip and if you see any dodgy looking folk looking shifty then get the hell out of there!!!!!

Regards,
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