lyon gp centenary

Yet again I was lucky enough to be invited along on the annual road trip which visits the scene of the Grand Prix 100 years earlier. This years goal was Lyon - which meant a trip of over 1000 miles. Most of the eccentric band of friends chose to trailer their vehicles to the circuit and then use them to explore the area but a few were driven the entire way. Our small convoy of V8s was made up of Annie and Richard Scaldwell in the JAP GN, Duncan and Charlie Pittaway in the OX5 engined Monarch and Mark Walker and myself in the 1905 Darracq land speed record car (Les and Des joined us in their OX5 engined De Dion for the last leg and Sophie and Annie Walker followed in the camper van and trailer - just in case). Travelling so far in the century old cars meant that we spent most of the time on the journey and not so long with the others at Lyon - so consequently most of the photos are of just those 3 cars - but the long journey threw up many funny and unplanned adventures along the way. Annie found the most superb route with wonderful places to stay and the cars all performed brilliantly. With such special cars and great company it was a trip I'll never forget...