We had vaguely heard about this two day event but never really seen much coverage of it, so we arranged to stay in nearby Nice in order to check it out. What an unusual and interesting event it turned out to be.
The harbour front of this high class riviera resort had been covered in a swathe of sea-green carpet to form a runway for the most exotic mix of classic cars and motorbikes we think we have ever seen in motion, and the stone piers and car parks had been laid out as a paddock for viewing them at rest. They ranged from genuine antiques to modern supercars, all crewed by excited owners who were more than willing to stop and chat about their steeds to anyone interested in listening.
Coupled to that, all the harbourside restaurants were offering their mouth-watering menus with the extra bonus of this fantastic show. We managed somehow, without booking, to bag a front row table and enjoyed a superb lunch as the cars zoomed past, each completing several circuits, all to a backdrop of the beautiful harbour, clear blue sky and warm sunshine.
The procession was all over in a couple of hours, prizes were awarded, and the cars returned to the paddock where they could be admired again in static repose. After the weekend this sleepy town once more returned to normality. Such a perfect event, and all completely free of charge. Did we dream it?