DAY 36: Celebrations

DAY 36: Celebrations

The last 20 minutes has turned into quite a lot more as we queued to get to the finish.. photos of each finisher meant that it took a while. All the time the Jag was heating up, we were baking and there was a chance that we would end up being pushed under the finish arch.

The glass of champagne was not only celebratory.. we were gasping!

Jake & Gemma manage to get in on the act…

 

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DAY 36: FINISH LINE

DAY 36: FINISH LINE

Hard to believe but tomorrow morning will not be the same routine of packing, checking the route, start time, quick breakfast and 10 hours of driving. A decent hotel and a stroll round Paris in the sunshine beckons…

Somewhat amazed that the car made it. It’s leaning slightly to one side (as it has pretty much since Mongolia) but it’s still here.

 

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DAY 36: Family

DAY 36: Family

This is by far the longest I have ever been away from my children so catching sight of them as we wait to cross the finish line was fantastic. Laura had brought them to Paris a couple of days before and had ‘done’ Paris in that time so not sure who was more exhausted. It was lively that Laura’s sister and family and my sister and brother in law had also come across from the UK to welcome us to Paris.

 

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DAY 36: PLACE VENDOME, PARIS

DAY 36: PLACE VENDOME, PARIS

It’s taken me nearly as long to finish the ‘last 20 minutes’ on this blog as it has to drive from Beijing – apologies.

After 36 days we finally arrive at the Place Vendome, closed for our arrival, on a beautifully sunny afternoon. We didn’t get to see the winners arrive as the event was organised to make sure that they were the first cars to arrive at the finish. Father and son team Bruce and Harry Washington won the vintage category in their Chrysler 75 Roadster. A Chrysler also finished 2nd so expect to see a few more on the 2019 event, much as there was an influx of Chevy Coupes after 2013. The Datsun 240Z of Mark Pickering and Dave Boddy won the classic category and the rally overall (2 more 240Zs were in the top 5). Having said many times that some of the behaviour by crews trying to shave seconds off their times was a bit manic I should point out that 2nd and 3rd place were separated by 4 seconds!

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