We went back to Laon but leaving at the more leisurely time of 8.30 (!) but after the heavy night last night with our French Panther friends seemed quite hard work.
We all lined up outside the hotel and had a big convoy to Laon. This time everyone would be parked in the Town Centre but we managed to all park together below the ramparts.
We attended a briefing in the Town Hall. Speeches from the Mayor and various dignitaries.
Then a few prizes including one to the Panther Kallista Club (sic) for ‘the Best Club and Biggest Panther Attendance’. Not been to any of our Grand Gatherings then….
Champagne collected by Club Chair Val. Impressive collection of Classic Cars in the Town Hall square.
Picnic lunch with Panthers in the background:
Then at 2.30 we joined the Parade. A circuit of streets had been closed off and we all drove round it. Many photos have been taken of our cars in the past but this just blew them away. So many people photographing, cheering and waving round the 3 mile circuit. I knew a bit of how Lewis Hamilton feels on a victory lap!
After a couple of laps we were all waved out (is that how the Queen feels) but it took another lap to work out how to get off the closed circuit!
A couple of minor reliability hiccups (plug leads falling off and slight oil leaks) but we eventually got back to the hotel after a long day.
Then a last nights dinner with our French friends.
And a thank you speech from John Manuel, Google translated which they found hilarious (along with John’s ‘Ted Heath’ accent!)
Thanks again to Pierre and Val for a brilliant weekend. (but not finished yet)