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#1 Hse289

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Posted 05 August 2009 - 20:28

Hi, my family and i are having a holiday in France soon. I wonder if anyone knows if there are any Motor Racing related museums or circuits in the region of Trinitie Sur Mer, South Brittany. :)


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#2 kayemod

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Posted 05 August 2009 - 20:45

There's an excellent museum just outside Rennes, a lot of French 2CV type stuff, but interesting racing cars as well, typing something like 'Rennes museum' into search should find it, it was discussed here a year or so ago, highly recommended.

#3 Hse289

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Posted 05 August 2009 - 20:50

Thank you , i will certainly look into that. Paul

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Posted 05 August 2009 - 21:01

RTH (Richard Hinton) informed me about Loheac, a fantastic place to while away a few hours and look at great cars such as this lovely Renault Alpine, that competed in many Le Mans during the '60s:


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They have many interesting F1 cars, Rally cars, road cars, classic cars, sports cars, some great photos of drivers such as Jim Clark, Phil Hill and Ayrton, a must visit :up:

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Posted 05 August 2009 - 21:08

Official website :

http://www.manoir-au...lcome/index.php

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Posted 05 August 2009 - 22:40

Official website :

http://www.manoir-au...lcome/index.php


Yes, that's the one I was referring to earlier, but I couldn't remember the name of the place, Lohéac. I knew it had been discussed here before though, and it's every bit as good as it looks on the website. Very French of course, but there's nothing wrong with that, at any rate, not when you're in France there isn't.

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Posted 05 August 2009 - 22:43

Yes, that's the one I was referring to earlier, but I couldn't remember the name of the place, Lohéac. I knew it had been discussed here before though, and it's every bit as good as it looks on the website. Very French of course, but there's nothing wrong with that, at any rate, not when you're in France there isn't.



I could not swing another visit this year :(

#8 Hse289

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Posted 06 August 2009 - 08:46

Just had a look at the website, looks very good. We are docking at Caen, im sure i read there was a circuit there once. Maybe on the way home if we get to Caen early we can check the circuit out if its still there. Paul

#9 Tim Murray

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Posted 06 August 2009 - 09:23

Check out this earlier thread:

Rediscovering Caen

and these maps on Darren Galpin's site:

http://www.silhouet....racks/caen.html


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Posted 06 August 2009 - 22:09

Interesting stuff, Caen is mentioned in the Jean Behra article in this month`s Motorsport magazine. Must try and visit on our way home.

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Posted 07 August 2009 - 08:25

If you are still there, Paul, I can tell you that Caen seems to be intact.

Just another bit of public road, of course, but there to be examined.

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Posted 07 August 2009 - 08:52

I can recommend Loheac, we were there in June, I'll find more pics tonight and put a thread up. Its really rather good

Strange lack of anything Bugatti though!!

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Posted 07 August 2009 - 10:31

Not quite South Brittany but in the Vendee the museum at Les Sables D'Olonne is well worth a visit.

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Posted 07 August 2009 - 11:01

Les Sables - another circuit to discover!

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Posted 07 August 2009 - 11:14

Not helped by the fact that the the photgraphs have disappeared, a BB Search would have helped you, nor that the relevant thread is misspelt.

http://forums.autosp...p;hl=Les Sables

I was there a few weeks back and a chap in a bookshop told me that there was motor racing on the beach for one year only, prior to the street races, and also that photos from the race period are very hard to find. I failed to trace a cafe owner who apparently has lots?, a relative term I suspect, of stuff, so I will try the town archives again, who were very helpful last time. I cannot over praise the museum, not much race stuff, but as a display of French cars from 1896 it is brilliant.
Roger Lund

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#16 Hse289

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Posted 07 August 2009 - 20:29

:up: Hi Barry, i will make sure when we go home and catch the ferry that we take a look at Caen circuit. Thanks also everyone to the suggestions, i will try and force my wife away from the pool and investigate Rennes Museum. Paul

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Posted 07 August 2009 - 20:49

:up: Hi Barry, i will make sure when we go home and catch the ferry that we take a look at Caen circuit. Thanks also everyone to the suggestions, i will try and force my wife away from the pool and investigate Rennes Museum. Paul


Hope you do Paul - I failed - having said I'd have a look. Nearest I got in the end was Pont-l'Évêque...not a bad place...


#18 kayemod

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Posted 07 August 2009 - 21:11

Nearest I got in the end was Pont-l'Évêque...not a bad place...


And their cheese is OK as well.


#19 MCS

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Posted 07 August 2009 - 21:15

Not to mention the Calvados...

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#20 sterling49

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Posted 07 August 2009 - 21:22

Thats done it, I am going to get mine out of the cabinet :drunk:

#21 Hse289

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 09:13

Well, we,re back and we also made it to the wonderful Museum in Loheac near Rennes. What a Museum it was too, and the scale models room well blew my mind. The Cobra case obviously to me was the centerpoint, which had i think a petrol engined radio control one. Also a magnificent Talbot Lago model caught my eye.
Walking through a little corridor there were more models and would you believe a huge scale model of the Chapparal 2J sat in a clear case. Amazing detail.
Of the real cars the blue Ferrari 250 SWB and the Delahaye 135 really drew our attention. It was a nice drive there from Trinitie Sur Mer and once out in the countryside the roads are so quiet.
Did,nt make it to Caen circuit though as wifey wanted to look around the Cathedral and castle.
Paul