The Redman Whiteley Dixon Auto Tour is a mythical tour of classic cars which each year leaves Great Britain on a journey arriving in time for the start of the Monaco Yacht Show in Monte Carlo. In its 8th year, they left Hampshire on Saturday. Created in 1993 by Justin Redman, Tony Dixon and Mark Whiteley, this company specialises in the design of interiors and exteriors of luxury yachts.
After stopping at the Chateau de Courcelles (Aisne), the Abbaye de la Bussiere (Beaujolais), it’s at Marsanne that they stopped. Aston Martin, Ferrari, Porsche, Jaguar, and the oldest car, a 1993 Lagonda, plus a Harley Davidson motorbike all parked by the Mairie.
Monday, the stop at the village for them to discover the game of Petanque, and a triplette if you please!
Assisted by Gaelle Chavot et Pablo Dasnias from the Office of Tourism the 45 visitors played with real gusto at the L’Amicale boules ground. The town’s Mayor, Thierry Lhuillier, joined by Lydie Le Gall came to welcome them and offer them all a warming aperitif. Everyone was also presented with some local Montelimar nougat.
With a great stroke of luck this is the first time that the route has changed its course to get to the coast. Organised by Jane McKeon, this trip through France is a journey for these yachtsmen to discover new landscapes and the village of Marsanne has been a triumph.
Having had lunch at Les Aubergistes, where three members of the ‘Lightening’ team were presented with gifts, they all departed towards Taulignan, where they were to spend the night close by.
The following morning, after watching the sunrise at the summet of Mont Ventoux, they went on to finish their tour arriving in Monte Carlo, escorted by Police motor cyclists.
Members of Redman Whiteley Dixon were hugely appreciative of Gaelle and the municapalite of Marsanne for their welcome and are already talking about revisiting next year.