As the 2015 edition of Retromobile comes to a close in Paris, we can reflect on what has to be the finest of all the classic car exhibitions. The atmosphere in Paris is heightened not only by the show itself but the three auctions taking place during Retromobile week.
Our group convened at Searcy’s bar, St Pancras (aka the Champagne bar) to get to know each other over a drink, before joining our lunchtime Eurostar. Our premier train fare meant we were fed and refreshed during the journey and ready to be met by our chauffeur’s at Gare du Nord. Our private vehicles threaded us through the not inconsiderable Paris traffic, however as passengers it meant we could enjoy the sights, sounds and bustle of France’s capital. Our first stop was the RM Auction preview at the place Vauban.
This was the usual glamorous affair with the cars as immaculately presented as the drinks trays were on arrival! It was a pleasant surprise to see our friends from Hombre demonstrating their excellent ixoost ipod docks at RM too. From the place Vauban we went over to the magnificent Grand Palais where Bonhams were holding their auction. The Directors at Bonhams had kindly sent personal invites for our group to attend their drinks reception that evening. Needless to say the great and the good of the classic car world were in attendance to view and discuss the many lots due to go through the blocks the following day.
It was then time to head to the Montparnasse district where our hotel is situated for our two nights in Paris. Once again our drivers drove expertly as we drove through Paris by night. That evening we met for dinner at our favourite restaurant just a short walk from the hotel.
The following day our cars arrived after breakfast to take us directly to Retromobile. This show is superb fun and such a social day where you can meet people from all nationalities. Our friends at Artcurial kindly allowed privileged access for our group to see both their auction areas. One of those being the Baillon collection, which was truly outstanding, see the link for top results – staggering!
That evening we dined together at a superb ‘petit’ bistro, again just a short walk from the hotel. This was a truly Parisien meal and most enjoyable.
The final morning gave us the chance to head up the Eiffel tower before our final lunch opposite the Gare du Nord. We say it every year but we can’t think of a better way to kick off the motoring year.