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I haven’t posted in well, forever but this should break some ice. Or something.

We all know this guy, or maybe it’s me?

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The wife wanted a trip to France this year so I figured I’d plan to see some things that might interest me this time. (what a concept!)

Classic and Sports Car magazine had run an article on the Musee de Sanxet not far from where some of our friends are located so the light bulb went on and I proposed the idea of stopping by for a visit. Located in Pomport, it is in the general area of Monbazillac and you can’t swing a cat around there without making contact with a vineyard, chateaux and grape vines. My kind of place in other words.

We found the joint easily enough only  because a friend was familiar with the area and was able to navigate the twists, turns and random wildlife through the vineyards to the museum.

Bertrand de Passemar who owns the Chateau was a gracious host and gave us a guided tour through the stables and main museum. It was a gorgeous old building and was home to some lovely old cars. These kinds of collections had fallen out of favor merely because the cars are in some cases as raced and not restored to within an inch of their lived. These days more and more people are searching for cars exactly like these and I was more than happy to wander around the patinated cars and try to be open to the stories that they could tell.

Since Bertrand spoke almost no English I was glad to have some fluent French speakers with me but it was still difficult to ask the questions I wanted to ask in the alotted time. We only stayed for an hour but I could have spent much longer, it really was a magical place. I was a little cranky that I didn’t even get a chance to buy a bottle of the Chateau Sanxet wine. Fairly priced and I bet it was darned good.

Any way from what I could gather, there was movie filmed on the premises about Jappeloup a famous horse. You can catch it on you tube. It’s in French so I have to have the wife fill in the details; haven’t watched it yet. The area is beautiful, just like what you’d expect, rolling hills, acres and acres of grapes everywhere and Chateaux abound.

Magnifique

 

Entrance to the stable on the left and the main museum straight ahead

 

Carriages, tractors, you name it

Cassimir Ragot racer and Mr Passemar on left. The Speciale racer was 1500cc and ran on a witches brew of alcohol and benzolene. No smoking please…

Supposedly the first supercharged four cylinder motorcycle also produced by the Bordeaux engineering firm Casimir. The 1000cc design was later sold to Vauxhall and reputedly could reach 150mph!

Period pictures of the car and motorcycle

 

A rally takes center stage, popular with the kids due to its diminutive scale

An AC Ace with the correct Bristol BS3 engine, a welcome sight instead of the usual tarted up Cobra.

In this condition you can appreciate the purity of the design which is rare these days

Correct French blue 1968 Matra barquette next to an early Lotus

 

 

Ghia bodied Jowett next to a gorgeous Citroen Decapotable

 

1923 Citroen “Tank”

Pair of Cords

No French collection is complete without a Cadillac.

1911 Clement-Bayard also

Rather fuzzy pic but you get the idea

Beautiful door, tiny electric car and surprised wife…

 

 

 

Here’s some video from our last flight of the chow hound, a 1952 Twin  Beech done up in US Army livery.

Nothing very exciting, just a fun trip from Plymouth to Nantucket for breakfast.

Saw some seals on a sandbar, buzzed a friends house on the way back, had a great couple of hours

Shot with a Samsung S4, unedited.

Click here for the Chow Hound Video for some reason it won’t embed

 

 

 

John Fitch at Goodwood 2000

If you’ve been around the old car/bike scene for a while, you may have heard of John Fitch.

He passed away on Oct 31 2012

He was an icon in  early sports car racing circles and has left an indelible mark on the sport.

An early advocate of racing car and track safety, we are still using his safety barrier technology.

During WWII he was a decorated pilot and a POW, it’s quite a life’s story.

Rather then ramble on, I’ll supply a link to a website that chronicles his life.

Our world is becoming a much less interesting place without men like him.

Click here to go to the John Fitch memorial site.

Video from the lunch time airshow at Barber’s Motorsports Park

 

 

 

Big D Cycle

 

Check out the blog from Big D Cycle , they are good friends of ours and are really into racing the  Olde British Cycles.

Seriously folks, I have seen these guys race, (Ryan Ambrose in particular) and they make these old Triumphs fly.

Keith Martin (the guy on left in the Gulf Norton pic) is the big Kahuna who was a Triumph dealer back in the day and knows these bikes inside and out. He’s put together land speed record streamliners, road racers, flat trackers; the lot.

Good luck and God speed to all of them

 

 

Looks like a fun Sunday at Cranland Airport in Hanson Mass on Sunday Sept 18

They have a light breakfast and fly in on the third Sunday every month

The Cape Cod British Car Club will be there for breakfast along with the Knuckleheads Motorcycle Club.

Be prepared for out of control mayhem!!

(Really just a bunch of old farts in creaky cars and leaky motorcycles)

Cranland Airport Link