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    Hi All,

    I have just received an email from the organisers that the Matra has been approved to be one of the 50 cars to do the Classic Alpine tour the end of March! That is the same tour that me and Ross did 2 years ago.

    What does that mean? It means that me and my son are going to do the 3500km from Auckland to Queenstown and back. This excludes the actual Tour distance.

    This will be exclusive models in cars and types. In the organiser's own words: The CAT, is aimed at attracting cars that fall into the general description of being of European origin (including British) covering the period post WW2 up until 1979 and being of limited production and unique design features. Cars of special interest and provenance outside the above criteria shall be considered .

    I will follow this up as we approach the D day and fill you in of the prepping of the Matra as well.

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    I had no idea N.Z. was that far....that is about Melbourne to Perth..MAYBE IT HAS BEEN STRETCHING LONGITUDINALLY OVER TIME.Hope you have a wonderful time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pekay49 View Post
    I had no idea N.Z. was that far....that is about Melbourne to Perth..MAYBE IT HAS BEEN STRETCHING LONGITUDINALLY OVER TIME.Hope you have a wonderful time.
    They zig zag from side to side, no straights in NZ.

    Have a great time and adventure Frans and look forward to the pics.
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    Hi Frans,

    Need a stopover in Christchurch? You're welcome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rubyalpine View Post
    Hi Frans,

    Need a stopover in Christchurch? You're welcome.

    Henry
    We'll take that offer Henry and thank you very much!!!!!

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    Wow what a collection..

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    Wow what a collection..
    Congratulations Frans. Have a great drive.

    Good to see the R8 well-placed in the photograph!

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    Jeez Frans, that pic of the R8 in your first post was a keeper! So I kept a copy...
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    Hi All,

    This is just an update on the Classic Alpine Tour that was going to start tomorrow a week. That is right WAS going to start. It is now cancelled due to Toyota virus!!!

    We have received an Email this morning that it is not going to happen. All the preparation on the car, the booking on the Ferry, the accommodation, the visits, everything needs to be cancelled.

    We all are very disappointed but there is nothing we can do about it. The organisers said that they are looking at moving the Tour to November. We will have to wait and see.

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    Some pretty scenery there.

    And some pretty rich people too.

    Is that a Type 35 Bugatti there?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frans View Post
    Hi All,

    This is just an update on the Classic Alpine Tour that was going to start tomorrow a week. That is right WAS going to start. It is now cancelled due to Toyota virus!!!

    We have received an Email this morning that it is not going to happen. All the preparation on the car, the booking on the Ferry, the accommodation, the visits, everything needs to be cancelled.

    We all are very disappointed but there is nothing we can do about it. The organisers said that they are looking at moving the Tour to November. We will have to wait and see.

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    so sorry to hear that Frans.it must be a huge let down.but i imagine lots of people will be experiencing similar situations.we may all be missing out on lots of activities for a while to come.im hoping our local supersprint will be going ahead this sunday.so far so good but things are changing every day so i wont be holding my breath.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frans View Post
    Hi All,

    This is just an update on the Classic Alpine Tour that was going to start tomorrow a week. That is right WAS going to start. It is now cancelled due to Toyota virus!!!

    We have received an Email this morning that it is not going to happen. All the preparation on the car, the booking on the Ferry, the accommodation, the visits, everything needs to be cancelled.

    We all are very disappointed but there is nothing we can do about it. The organisers said that they are looking at moving the Tour to November. We will have to wait and see.

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    Sorry to hear this news Frans, with all sporting activities including motor sports in lock down its better to be cautious.

    But all the time consuming planning can be time saver for November.



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    Quote Originally Posted by schlitzaugen View Post
    Some pretty scenery there.

    And some pretty rich people too.

    Is that a Type 35 Bugatti there?
    Hi SZ, yes it is a 1926 Type 35B. Not sure what that means but back tracked the car and driver.

    The black Ferrari is valued at $1.6 million. We were honored to be accepted in the R8 and again in the Matra among the high rollers.

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    Which one is that?
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    Sorry, I have things in my mind and not in AF.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frans View Post
    Hi All,

    This is just an update on the Classic Alpine Tour that was going to start tomorrow a week. That is right WAS going to start. It is now cancelled due to Toyota virus!!!

    We have received an Email this morning that it is not going to happen. All the preparation on the car, the booking on the Ferry, the accommodation, the visits, everything needs to be cancelled.

    We all are very disappointed but there is nothing we can do about it. The organisers said that they are looking at moving the Tour to November. We will have to wait and see.

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    Better luck next time Frans. The Bugatti is in very good company with the R8 and the Matra I'd add. Let's get this the right way around!!

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    Hi All,

    Now that the CAT (Classic Alpine Tour) has been cancelled, I'll report on the VCAT (Virtual Classic Alpine Tour).

    We left my place yesterday in the early morning hours and met up with Myles and Ross at the BP station on SH 1. Then we made a slight detour to New Plymouth to have a look at Lloyds newly restored A110 and have lunch there as well.

    After lunch, we left and made our way to Wellington to board the Ferry late night. (10:30 pm). We got our cabins and had a 4-hour sleep overnight while cruising.

    We arrived this morning at Picton and started making our way to Christchurch.

    To be continued......
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    Like this story. Which car? Might even entice me to have a trip to NZ after the current crisis if we're still around that is.

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    Sunroof, remember this is just make-belief. But I and my son would have gone down there in the Matra. The photos in the first posts are from the previous Tour 2 years ago.
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    Beautiful car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frans View Post
    Hi All,

    Now that the CAT (Classic Alpine Tour) has been cancelled, I'll report on the VCAT (Virtual Classic Alpine Tour).

    We left my place yesterday in the early morning hours and met up with Myles and Ross at the BP station on SH 1. Then we made a slight detour to New Plymouth to have a look at Lloyds newly restored A110 and have lunch there as well.

    After lunch, we left and made our way to Wellington to board the Ferry late night. (10:30 pm). We got our cabins and had a 4-hour sleep overnight while cruising.

    We arrived this morning at Picton and started making our way to Christchurch.

    To be continued......
    Arrived at Christchurch and Rubyalpine set us up again with a meal to die for. We talked and spent some time looking over and commenting on his beautiful R10 Alconi. Then we went to bed late and started our Thursday trip.

    This was a casual drive to a little place called Temuka and the shortest stage for us on the way to Queenstown. We will have a good rest and an early morning start to start the last leg to reach the starting point of the Official Tour.
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    Friday morning arrived and we set off to Queenstown. This is a 350 km section that is very twisty and beautiful scenery road. The first snow top mountains greet us en route.

    In Queenstown, we had some time to ponder the trip up to now and wash the cars. Remember the Tour hasn't started yet! We got dressed and attended the entry cheese and wine party. After this, it is back to our accommodation for a good sleep.
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    There should have been a prize for the car with the most doors! It looks like the Renault 8 was the only four door car at the party.

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