A beautiful sunrise over the Bagnols hilltops was the precursor to a warm balmy sunny morning. Refuelled with a delicious breakfast, the team gather for a few tour snaps and another day of heading South – you might think! It was rather a surprising sight when the sweeper vehicle heading South on the A7 as planned spotted at least 5 of the fleet in a convoy heading North on the other side of the motorway! It seems there were some navigational challenges amongst the German supercar contingent, and a certain Aston!
Lunch plans in the beautiful Marsanne in a very typical French Café under the trees were somewhat delayed, as was the Tour’s Team Boules competition, attended by the Mayor and just 3 out of 36 Tourers! Only one vehicle made it in time – the Linley boys were most triumphant to have arrived in front of the entire fleet in their boneshaking AC ACE Bristol!
Marsanne also witnessed the first catastrophic vehicle failure of the tour leaving one of the aforementioned German supercars waiting to be returned to England for extensive repairs and an offer from Howard the mechanic/dealer to buy it back! Hopefully the last… Nonetheless, spirits were all still high, especially as no-one reported being flashed by a speed camera today – things are looking up! The arrival at one of the Tour’s favourite spots, Crillon Le Brave, didn’t disappoint as the cars lined up for more refreshments, team chats and stories from the road, in eager anticipation of the evening’s prize-giving! Following a wonderful dinner, all participants gathered in the bar and were seated ready to receive their carefully awarded prizes (the most navigationally challenged, for example!). An evening of revelation from the tracking devices, merciless ribbing and general abuse made for some hilarious (Thelma and Louise style) photographs and belly aching laughter. Needless the say, the Linley Humidor was out in fine fettle once again.