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Standards in Britany

When our local car group, the Devon Vintage Car Club, asked if anyone would be interested in a trip to France, ourselves, Carol Eaton and Gerald Lobb were one of the first to put our names down.

The trip was arranged for the end of September, by a couple here in Devon and one other couple who were also club members and had settled in France with his own collection of classic vehicles.  We were all delighted to learn that Steve and Karen Lovegrove would be joining us in their 1934 Standard 10 and Steve and Bev Rowbotham from Weston Super Mare would be coming in their 1923 SLO4.  On the first day we met at the ferry port at Plymouth for our overnight trip to France along with seven other classic club cars.

Gerald has decided against taking is Standard Pick up and was giving his lovely Austin a trip out, so we in our 1947 4/8a and the Lovegroves in their Standard 10 christened ourselves the “slowees” of the group.

On the delightful scenic trip to our accommodation in Le Faouet we enjoyed first a coffee stop and then our first meal together at the L’auberge a delightful workers café, where we enjoyed a tasty three course lunch with wine before we met again for a light supper in one of the many restaurants in the town.

Friday the plan was to visit a car and memorabilia museum, Manior de Automobile, who were also holding a car meet and autojumble.  After some discussion the “slowees” of the group decided to set off early for this 180 mile round trip. The weather in the morning was not favourable and we set off before it was daylight (with six volt lights!) in the rain, however once the sun came up and the rain stopped we soon began to enjoy the trip and made good progress, thanks to Karen’s navigation skills and the help of one local who had stopped to buy bread and kindly ended up leading us through one of the major towns and safely back on route.  

Being passed by the rest of the group later in the morning, on the dual carriageway was mildly amusing but arriving first at the museum (as the others had got lost) was definitely a boost (classic example of tortoise and hare said Chris).  We all had a very enjoyable day and we think all those that attended the display enjoyed the opportunity to view some different vehicles.  The two groups set off separately for the journey back to our accommodation and we later enjoyed our second evening meal together.

The following two days were delightful as the weather was mild and sunny and we visited some interesting villages and coastal towns enjoying our first authentic crepes in a harbour café, a typical Saturday market, a visit to a Concarneau and on the following day, a delightful stroll around the charming walled city of Carnac.

The cars behaved impeccably, Chris changed the fan belt on our Standard 4/8a as a precaution one morning, as he noticed some wear and we enjoyed 781 miles of carefree motoring to and from Plymouth and on our Britany adventure.

As our lights are not suitable for night travel we spent a further night in Plymouth and enjoyed a leisurely drive home up the coast with several coffee stops before reaching home.  A delightful trip in good company and to a beautiful part of the world.

How were we viewed on our travels in France?  Well we soon got used to flashed lights, the thumbs up sign from car drivers and bikers, which made us feel quite the celebrities.

Linda & Chris Bowden