We have said it before and we’ll say it again “there is no better way to commence your motoring year”. Retromobile never fails to impress, it is by no means the largest of the European classic car shows but the quality and the effort the exhibitors go to is superb. But the social aspect to the show is what makes it.

Our group met for refreshments at the Champagne bar at St Pancras, with introductions done we got checked in for our Eurostar. With everyone sat together in premier class the conversation and stories flowed all the way to Paris, punctuated only by the complimentary refreshments bought out to us along the way!

Upon arrival into Gare du Nord our drivers were waiting to take us to the Bonhams auction preview. Thankfully the venue had been moved back to the Grand Palais which is worth a visit even if there were not hundreds of valuable cars also there to view! Our private cars then took us onto the hotel to check in. It was decided we should all meet promptly for a few aperatifs on the Boulevard de Montparnasse before taking dinner at a local restaurant. We had done some research on this prior to the tour and it paid dividends as the South West French cuisine that was served was first class.

Citroen DS decapotable       Aston Martin DB4 Bertone Jet

Citroen xsara wrc       Ferrari 330 GTC

The following day was spent at the show. It tends to be the case that you don’t get far before you see someone you know or an exhibitor you want to speak to. The quality of cars is superb particular stands worth mentioning were the Citroen DS stand pulled together by Lukas Huni complete with 1960’s styled models! Gregor Fiskins stand had a Maserati 250F and 275 GTB competizione as stars. Elsewhere the French hospitality flowed as corks were popped and the wine was offered to clients and passers by. The English end was kept up by Longstone tyres, who on their stand were serving Doncaster brewery ale and a whole stilton cheese! So you could discuss you classic tyres with their knowledgeable team and have refreshments too. Great to see them very busy too.

Lukas HuniCitroen DS Chapron

 Facel Bentley      Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione

Maserati 250F       Prancing horse

That evening we went to La Coupole a wonderful art deco Brasserie in the Montparnasse area. A great party was had with delicious food and wine. see someone you know or an exhibitor you want to speak to. The quality of cars is superb particular stands worth mentioning were the Citroen DS stand pulled together by Lukas Huni complete with 1960’s styled models! Gregor Fiskins stand had a 250F and 275 GTB competizione as stars. Elsewhere the French hospitality flowed as corks were popped and the wine was offered to clients and passers by. The English end was kept up by Longstone tyres, who on their stand were serving Doncaster brewery ale and a whole stilton cheese! So you could discuss you classic tyres with their knowledgeable team and have refreshments too. Great to see them very busy too.

The final day was a relaxed one, we took some of the group up the Eiffel Tower and a beautiful morning it was too for enjoying Paris at altitude! Others opted for a spot of shopping and sightseeing. We then all convened at our favourite restaurant opposite the gare du nord so we were suitably fed and watered before joining our train home. Once again we were given ample refreshments to make our journey home very comfortable.

Eiffel Tower  Paris

In summary, this was a really relaxed tour with a lovely group of people to a very French and sociable event. Roll on for more of the same when Ice driving at the end of the month.