Paris's elegant Place Vendome was the scene of a picturesque gathering on October 6 when 129 vintage cars met there at the start of the Paris-Deauville rally.
1. GVs Cars gathered in Palace Vendome, Paris (3 shots) 0.15
2. SV & GVs Drivers preparing cars for race (3 shots) 0.29
3. CU PULL BACK TO SV Drivers studying map 0.38
4. GV & SV Drivers polishing cars for start of rally (2 shots) 0.49
5. GVs Cars starting engines and moving off (2 shots) 1.11
6. GVs Cars leaving Place de la Concorde and travelling down Champs Elysees with Arc de Triomphe in background (2 shots) 1.36
SPORT: VINTAGE CARS
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Background: PARIS, FRANCE
Paris's elegant Place Vendome was the scene of a picturesque gathering on October 6 when 129 vintage cars met there at the start of the Paris-Deauville rally. The cars, dating from 1899 to 1947, were given a last polish before starting on their three-day run. The programme of this 18th rally gave details of town hall receptions and restaurants along the way to keep participants fit and happy. Drivers were mainly from France and Britain, although Swiss, Belgians, Dutch and Germans also figured on the list. The oldest car, a De Dion-Bouton "D. vis-a-vis" piloted by Serge Leroux, was born and bred in France. The aim of the 180 kilometres (about 110 miles) rally was not to win, but rather just to arrive safely. The event was given a special fillip as it coincided with the 100th anniversary of the first-ever car, credited to Leon-Paul-Charles Malandin, a Frenchman who produced a four-wheel vehicle with a two-cylinder petrol engine in 1884.
Source: PIERRE HACKET