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    Quote Originally Posted by JoBo View Post
    Did it serve to mask mechanical noises?

    Nothing short of a top fuel dragster fired up right next to it will drown out the mechanical noises of an R16.



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    Hey! What about an XM of the day! Spotted one in photo DSC01504 .


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    TDSOTD is difficult enough, believe it or not. You will not spot an XM every day even in France.
    But your challenge is jotted down for our next visit.

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    The fifth day started yet again with me sharing my breakfast.





    We noticed that in France even the houses have yellow headlights.





    Our next ťtape took us to a purveyor of fine imported tat.




    Squire Dawson eyed up an economic Diesel.



    He usually hoons about with a Humber Super Snipe the clutch of which is slipping, so any prospect to lower the fuel bill attracts him lately. Sadly this also includes MG Midgets.


    A pair of ponies.




    This AMC Pacer was made in Stuttgart:




    A clean Seville d'Elegance was receiving repair work.




    Late Seventies 'Vette with DIY gearbox was seriously tempting:




    Ghosty was displaying his criminal energy level:



    He was interrupted by Ted Nugent calling, wanting his shirt back.



    You need this when you are tinkering with big bloody V8s:





    Our journey then took us to Le Mans, a town nobody would have ever heard of if there weren't a car race of some sort. Also see Bathurst.

    We stopped at a car dealership.




    A step nose Alfa



    was gleefully Paris spec:




    A phase 1 A310






    The bird that did that came off worse:





    The remains of a Lego Cobra:





    Inside the workshop:










    And now I give you both barrels without any advance warning. Why should your cardiac valves flutter less than mine did?









    And there we were, three halfwits reflecting on life, the universe, and a Dino.


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    We then proceeded into town, where this shonky '55 De Soto was evidently used as a daily:




    There were fine bicycles available.




    Some artsy fartsy stuff:


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    A few hours later, we rocked up at one of those places where my cars always blend in best.




    They had this for sale:






    It was guarded by this fierce creature:




    Oh, they also had this:






    It's an automatic!





    I had one of those rare precence of mind moments and asked them whether they have a spare wheel for an R16 in the yard by any chance. They made a phone call and told me the boss will arrive in ten minutes and whether that's okay for me and apologized several times to make me wait. eventually the man arrived and asked me, whether we have some time and would not mind to follow him, there is something he wants to show us, but it's 3 kilometres away. Sorry for the inconvenience.

    So we followed him and ended at a huge derelict factory building of some sort.

    I will now show you what's inside.


    There are at least five of these ultra rare Ford Taunus coupes scattered around.




    This is just one of four similar sized halls:





    A 1950 DeSoto convertible sold new in France. It thusly has a speedometer in kilometres.






    The last ever Cadillac convertible. Well, until they made the next one at least.




    Nother Taunus.




    There were other coupes as well.




    A genuine Martin Kawa next to a genuine Godier Genoud:





    They aren't replicas. We were shown the Carte Grises and they are registered as a Martin and a Godier Genoud respectively.


    Angular estate.




    And saloon.




    This was not the only seemingly solid 404 on the premesis.




    Grosse Flosse, in fact a 230S.




    What's left of a 203 Pick Up.




    Did I mention that there are Tractions everywhere?




    LWB HY:




    It's only a TX:





    Sadly not really powered by the Beelzebub's tincture:





    Do not paint!




    Even more warped than my Norev model of it:





    Juvaquatre and yes, that's a 745i behind it.




    Notha koo-pay.


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    And hey:






    OMGGSA.




    Row of Piggos, including the 'forgotten' 304.




    A sumburnt Sunbird not having seen the sun in ages.




    Ca 1980 French car park.



    See that blue TL in that row? Inside its boot was the CORRECT SPARE WHEEL that's now IN MY CAR!


    So I left my TX wheel behind and said to the man that he now needs to get himself a TX.
    He replied 'No. You do."

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    Well, after this, we decided we deserved some afternoon tea.




    The rest of the way to our hotel for this day was relatively uneventful, save for this:







    And of course I can't let you off without TDSOTD because France.


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    It was on the morning of day six in the car park of the hotel when this meanwhile phamous photo was taken for posterity.




    The night before an intoxicating liquids fuelled plan had been plotted. We knew that our way back North would mean to circumference Paris. But instead of going around the town, like everyone sane in mind would, why not drive smack through it?
    That way, we would have taken the car from its birthplace to where it was first registered. Sadly we weren't sobered up enough yet to discard that stupid idea instantly, so we stuck to it instead.

    But first we did some more sightseeing.














    Did I already mention that there are Tractions everywhere? These two drive away examples were offered for 7,500 Euros, whatever that is, each, which even translated into real money isn't really that much.




    A few 2CVs were done up inside.





    They also had the odd Mehari in stock.










    And this:






    Ghosty wants a 203 now.





    The place was also littered with these Niki-De-Saint-Phalle-esque sculptures.






    They also had this ACMA Vespa 150:


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    Further routiering ensued. For a moment, some nickage was seriously considered.




    We drove through a town with a tower:



    As far as we could see there was no supporting structure added anywhere.


    Then we happened upon yet another fascinating place.




    R4s are more expensive in France than Tractions.





    This has some serious wantage attached to it.








    So does this:






    This not so much.




    We had the impression they have a bit of a thing for British tat.













    Ghosty could identify each of the steering wheels. Obviously his medication had worn off a bit.

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    So we ventured ever closer to La Capitale. There were more landmarks to lionise.












    The drive through Paris was uneventful, we even managed to get around the infamous L'Etoile unscathed. We didn't have time to do any sightseeing as such, Paris would warrant an individual trip. However, all the way through it, we were unsure of the legality of our doing. Paris is a LEZ and although the website clearly states that historic cars are exempt, it doesn't state whether a Vignette is required nevertheless. So we displayed a very British approach to the matter and in the end took this photo to prove that we really did it.




    We spent our last night in France at this hotel with a perfect infrastructure (notice how that newfangled tosh completely fails to blend in):




    This was next door:




    And next door to next door was another purveyor of fine bicycles:




    That shop yielded tyres in a very unusual size for a French bike Ghosty has in his collection (we all collect old bicycles), so in the end the trip was also worthwhile for him.

    And here, my friends, I end my report, since the next day was merely spent travelling back to Blighty.
    It was, however, a trip we'll never forget and there is a solid conspiracy that we are going to do another one next year.

    The R16 performed formidably all the way, ran lightyears better after installing the 1 Euro breather pipe I still regret not haggling over and didn't use any oil or water. However, it fascinated through a seemingly random slow puncture on the right front. Sometimes there was nothing for two days in a row, then we had to inflate it every 200km. We even visited a tyre service, but they didn't find anything wrong with it. In the end it turned out that the seal between the valve and the rim was dodgy.

    Oh, one more thing. Our fourth conspirator, who couldn't come with us last year, didn't make it this year either.
    So we bought him a souvenir at the autojumble.




    And finally, the last DSOTD:


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    An excellent narrative. Loved the Simca Vedette always wanted one when they were new in Aust but they were out of my price range. I wouldn't even mind one now, but SWMBO would never ever ever agree to another car in the shed. It would have to be like the one in your photo as I already have more projects than years left.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunroof View Post
    An excellent narrative. Loved the Simca Vedette always wanted one when they were new in Aust but they were out of my price range. I wouldn't even mind one now, but SWMBO would never ever ever agree to another car in the shed. It would have to be like the one in your photo as I already have more projects than years left.
    The showiest Vedette I can remember seeing! What a trip. I still lust after an Ami.

    We look forward to next year's venture.

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    I also have loved the photos and narrative. In a couple of years I think I will need to have a month travelling around country France, hopefully finding some of those warehouses with collections of old cars and bikes, not that I need any more, but a 500cc Peugeot bike could find it’s way into my luggage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alan moore View Post
    I also have loved the photos and narrative. In a couple of years I think I will need to have a month travelling around country France, hopefully finding some of those warehouses with collections of old cars and bikes, not that I need any more, but a 500cc Peugeot bike could find it’s way into my luggage.
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    Thanks for the ripper tour through the backroads and garages of France!

    One thing though, is that spare wheel the correct type for your car? It looks like it is from a later 16 (which the blue/black grille 16 looks like), with the concentric tapered wheel nuts, locating in a concentric pressing on the rim. Your 16 looks like an early model with the early model rims, retained by wheel nuts which have the loose "eared" washers, which won't work with the later type 16 wheels.
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    Brilliant story!


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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnW View Post
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    Fortunately we do. Perhaps a Matra Djet as well, although they are getting pricey, but perhaps a less than perfect one would be in budget.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
    Thanks for the ripper tour through the backroads and garages of France!

    One thing though, is that spare wheel the correct type for your car? It looks like it is from a later 16 (which the blue/black grille 16 looks like), with the concentric tapered wheel nuts, locating in a concentric pressing on the rim. Your 16 looks like an early model with the early model rims, retained by wheel nuts which have the loose "eared" washers, which won't work with the later type 16 wheels.

    No worries, I have the correct lugs for the wheel.

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