14 August 2009


One of the things we are looking forward to is the annual bash of the Association Rétro-Mécanique which takes place on 15th August down by the Gare. We went a couple of years ago and it was great fun.


These lovely old cars were all snoozing quietly in the afternoon sunshine in Huismes in the summer of 2003. They were part of some sort of old car rally and their owners could be heard enjoying a lunch break and the prize-giving speeches in the salle des fêtes in the village.

There were quite a few English registration plates there. It's nice to see that the French are just as besotted by old vehicles as we are.

We're off on our hols now. Back soon. Then I MUST get back to the story.


  1. We went to a very similar thing just outside Chinon a couple of years ago...great fun!

  2. Jean, are you the person who can finally explain to me the significance of English number plates? I know there must be something, because English TV comedies sometimes get a laugh out of the English audience from a number plate, but it goes right over our american heads. What are we missing?

  3. Carolyn, welcome. Hope this reply is not too late for you to notice!

    Our numberplate system has changed several times in my lifetime. At the moment it has a combination of letters and numbers that tells you what year the car was made and where it was bought. Very boring.

    You can still however, buy "personal plates" at huge expense, from the licensing authority which can often spell out something significant such as "BOB 2" which instantly tells you this is Bob's second car and he's very proud of it!!

    So probably the laughs come from the notion that someone has paid through the nose for something completely useless that tells you something about them, or that they have dropped a clanger and got one that says "PR 1 CK" or something daft like that. We Brits will laugh at anything silly !! Jean