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Camper van outshines Ford GT40

May 18, 2011

A few comments were received yesterday on this column about Silicone valley, maybe SillyCon valley would be more apt. Anyway, there I was, collecting Bluebell from her spring makeover from Phil the Mechanic (who did a great job and was very reasonably priced; and on my way around to put up a few more posters for Le Tour De Finance this Thursday at Mougins, when I stopped at Super-U supermarket in Placassier.  When I came out I found that someone had parked a new Ford GT40 next to it, as my picture today shows.  It is always wonderful when one sees two classics side by side don’t you think? Apparently there are only 7 apportioned for sale in France, GT40’s that is, not campers, you cannot buy a new camper in France, so tell me, which is the more exclusive?

I just hope that GT40 stops following my camper van around.

Last night was a red wine feast. We were invited across the road to the Thornton Allan’s for dinner, and Paul had told us that he had an interesting wine that he would like to try. It was a terrible mixture of styles and tastes, but I managed to cope.

I thought my magnum of 2006 St Esteph Cru Bourgeois might be the centre piece if the nights drinking activities, but our host had something special in mind, and produced something he had been storing for years, a 1982 Barolo which was sublime. Thereafter, he came up from his cellar with a great Bordeaux 2000  and then, although personally I am more of a Bordeaux fan that a Bourgogne lover, delightful Gevrey Chambertin, so the four red wine drinkers (there is little point in allowing women to waste a good wine – they were happy with their Chablis)  did not even get to the Chateau Talbot 2000 grand Cru Classe, or if we did, I was too far gone to notice. I have no idea why a supposedly quiet mid-week dinner got so out of hand, but suffice to say the compilation of this column, which I know is eagerly awaited by my legions of fans, has been a struggle to write this morning.

I know it has been a big night when my blackberry notes (which I try to make when I hear something funny or interesting that I think might make some material for this daily missive) are illegible, here is what I had this morning; “Tont aquavia, blumber in bath”. If anyone can decipher this for me I would be very grateful. I spent some time this morning trying to work out what on earth it all meant, but it did not even trigger the remotest recollection of what it referred to.

That we have another dinner lined up tonight is, at the time of writing, not something I can honestly say I am looking forward to, but no doubt after some work on Currencies Direct this afternoon and a siesta, I shall be up and running again.

Simon Howes, who was a guest last night told an interesting story about his youth some 30 odd years ago. Son of an admiral, he was expected to go into the services, and the Navy was clearly the favoured option. When he rebelled against this chosen career path, he decided to go somewhere far away, and chose Australia. He was given £100 and told there would be no more. The problem was, that in those days the cheapest way to get down under was by ship from Singapore and the boat had a casino, so he managed to get to Australia with just £8 left. Doesn’t seem to have done him much harm though.

Chris France

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Pinman permalink
    May 18, 2011 12:54 pm

    From an earlier posting…………Pedro

    If you’re looking for an English speaking mechanic with very reasonable rates then I can suggest Philip based around Mougins / Mouans Sartoux.

    Philip recently replaced my brake pads and gave the car a full service along with some minor fixes. He provided a detailed, itemised list that included the results of an overall assessment, work completed, parts required, and things to look out for in the future.

    Mobile no: 06 24 02 82 61

    Pleased you were happy with Phil after my reply to your plea! Overwhelmed by your effusive thasnks and offer of grateful lunch for takng the trouble to assist with your faulty wiring……….in the camper van, I mean !!


    • May 18, 2011 1:20 pm

      you were right, he is good and cheap! Thank you from the bottom of my heart, I owe it all to you, you are a saint. Does that mean I don’t have to buy you lunch now?


      • Pinman permalink
        May 18, 2011 4:00 pm

        Saint Pierre in a champagne sauce sounds perfect……!!


  2. Rev. Jeff permalink
    May 18, 2011 1:47 pm

    Is your friend a Howe or a Howes ? If the former he might come from a very famous seafaring family.


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