This years ROCC French Car Day in Canberra was scheduled for Saturday, 3 November. The arrangements were to meet at Pheasants Nest to drive down to Canberra with a lunch stop at Wheatley VC Rest Area on Lake George. We left home a bit late on that rather cool and overcast day. By the time we arrived at Pheasants Nest, we just saw a beautiful Dauphine Gordini depart.
As the driver spotted us pulling in, he reversed to say hello and that they would be on their way. We were just ready to leave too, when the Low’s pulled up with their red Megane and the recently acquired white Fuego. So, we headed south in convoy to meet the Dauphine, an R8 Cordini and a Clio at the designated lunch spot. After a rather chilly break, we headed off, again in convoy, to the Telopea Park School in Barton. We were early, the first cars arriving. The fete had not yet started.
While contemplating what to do, Chris and Mario in their Dauphine decided to go and check into the hotel. As we stayed at the same place, they kindly gave us a lift. I must admit, I fell in love with that car. It was such a nice, smooth ride with plenty of leg room in the back (Ernst begged to differ!). By the time we returned to the school, the fete was in full swing and other cars had turned up. The Renault marque was represented well with the most cars, with Barry McAdie’s Alpine being one of the highlights. There were also two new Meganes on display, a few R10s and R8s and Clios.
After we had some food (as usual, there was a great variety), it was down to car business. Ernst and Barry compared the Alpines at great length and in every possible detail. The result was that Barry has wider hips and a bigger head (go figure). Both Alpines attracted lots of attention, even more so, after they were parked separately side by side. The afternoon passed quickly and we were ready for the price giving. And, again the Renault fraternity did itself proud. Chris’ Dauphine Gordini won best Renault of the day and Barry McAdie’s Alpine won best car of the day. Congratulations to both.
As the fete was winding down, we headed for the hotel. We were glad to get out of the cold. As we did not feel like venturing out again, we had a lovely dinner at the restaurant of the hotel before having an earlyish night. After a good night sleep, Sunday dawned to a warm and sunny day. What a contrast to Saturday. After breakfast, we headed back to Sydney, catching the Dauphine just after Goulburn on the freeway. It was an enjoyable weekend down in Canberra. Just a shame that not more Renaults made the journey. Well, there is always next year, hey Note: Barry’s Alpine has since past registration.