We’ve woken up to around three inches of snow overnight here in the beautiful Chateau de Cocove just outside the industrial town of Calais in northern France.
The run from Barnby Moor to Banbury was pretty insignificant with very little to report apart from some fantastic ingenuity from Chrisso Rheault in the WD Tourer. The steering column bracket broke whilst he was driving but with Chrisso being the unflappable guy he is, he effected a repair with a spare USB cable that has managed to sustain the errant steering column right through the UK to France!
The welcome at Banbury was nothing short of superb with people turning up in their thousands to welcome the Historique and Classique cars alike, some of the heritage class cars drove down with us too and it was superb to see them assembled in the centre of Banbury.
The cars fragmented a little with various routes being explored to try and get around London and the issues that were being experienced around Leatherhead, an earlier accident had closed the motorway entirely and until crews were on the way it was still unclear whether clockwise or anti-clockwise was the route of choice.
By some miracle, crews arrived at the Channel Tunnel crossing within minutes of each other and were split over two shuttles into France. The short hop from Calais to the Chateau de Cocove was completed without any issues and as we sat down to eat, the snow started to fall steadily.
John Lomas said, “It was fantastic to see so many familiar faces in Banbury – the town really does know how to host a large event and the welcome they afford us is nothing short of exceptional. The cars are behaving on the whole and we have made excellent progress today. The Chateau de Cocove is incredibly pretty and the standard of food and accommodation is excellent, it is our preferred halt when we head down to Monaco.”
Adam Gompertz, taking part in the MG TC added, “What can I say? The MG has been fantastic, we’re having great fun but I’m a little nervous about the coming night section through the middle of France, the navigation will be challenging, and we don’t know fully how the weather is going to treat us”.
As we are running through the night, the next blog update will be a little later than usual but, we’ll do our very best to keep you in the loop. You can check out status on the live tracker -- and be sure to check out the BD Facebook page for updates as well.
All the best,