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NORMANDY WEEKEND
Friday 23 - Monday 26 May 2014

This was the sixth Normandy Weekend, organised every other year by Michel Moniot of the French Section, ably assisted by his wife Monique. Thirty cars were booked to attend but due to illness and breakdowns several failed to make it to Pont l'Eveque where the weekend was based. As well as the host country members came from Germany, Belgium and thirteen from UK. There should have been two more Brits but they failed to make the starting line.

As usual Michel had arranged some interesting expeditions for us. This year there were two main events, one to the Haras National du Pin (the principal stud farm of France) near Argentan and the other to le Chateau de Beaumesnil near Bernay in the Eure department. At the Haras we were given a display of carriages pulled by single, double and quadruple horses as well as inspecting the stables and watching horses and riders in training. Beaumesnil Chateau had a famous collection of ancient books and a working drawbridge which had some of us concerned due to the weight of our cars.

At the hotel Mercure in Pont l'Eveque, and at the above venues, Michel had arranged vast spreads of local Normandy delicacies and wines which were much enjoyed by us all. There was a gala dinner on Saturday and a prize giving on Sunday.

As well as the excellent weekend meeting old friends from continental sections many English claimed a few extra days and visited the Normandy Beaches and local tourist attractions such as Monet's gardens at Giverny and Honfleur port.

We had several 'FTAs' (fail to arrive) and some 'FTP' (fail to proceed). The most spectacular being Jenny and Derek's 20HP cylinder head gasket failure, but thanks to Richard Hoskins' rescue service and Michel's local contacts the problems were sorted in time for the next rally.

Maurice Pitchford - Section Committee Member


Le Haras du Pin   Chateau de Beaumesnil
At le Haras du Pin.   Chateau de Beaumesnil.
RRs old and new   20hp 'failed to proceed'
Rolls-Royce motor cars - old and new.   A 20hp 'failed to proceed'.
Photos: Dean Ash and Maurice Pitchford