Sunday, April 7, 2013

Virée en Touraine - auto rally in the area around Tours

As it often happens when living in a tourist town, I stumble into little unexpected events.  Today, it was a local automobile club passing through Amboise on a weekend tour around the area (called Touraine because of its biggest city, Tours).   I've seen lots of this type of event before but what separates this one is that these cars were built in the 1920s and 1930s.  Not knowing anything about these matters I was able to determine (with the help of the internet  of course) that these two brands, Rally and Amilcar, were manufactured in France until the global depression and World War II (respectively) put them out of business.  I felt a bit sorry that the weather was not cooperating there was heavy overcast, cool to cold temperatures, an occasional misty rain, and an unpleasant wind.  As you can see these open cars cry out for warm sunny days.  Anyway, the dozen or so participants looked to be having a great time in spite of the weather.  I hope they get better weather next year.

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