As I have rather a lot of photos from this most memorable event – and have only selected a subset of them to post here (honest!) – I’ve split them into 3 galleries:
- The Event
- Finish & Closing Ceremony
Scroll down to see each gallery and click on any photo to open it up. Once opened, you can scroll through the photos using the arrows left and right.
Days 1-3 (16-18 Sep)
Nice welcome note I found waiting in my hotel room
A selection of the cars on display outside our hotel
Our hotel in Wenzhou (yes it looks like a space ship!)
Our first outing as a group, to visit the tourist sights of Wenzhou
Meeting the locals
Bridge over one of Wenzhou’s many rivers
Outside a traditional Wenzhou house which had been occupied by a famous mathematician, and is now a museum to mathematicians!
Old and new
From inside the mathematician’s house
Wenzhou seems to be a fairly prosperous Chinese city
Our group gathered at the Museum of Culture
This image was embroidered using human hair
Figure in the Wenzhou cultural museum
Dragon float used in processions
One of many figures on the float
Later that day, the event was opened with a press conference
Followed by a formal dinner, hosted in the Porsche showroom
Dinner was accompanied by evening entertainment
The next day the girlies (& Alex) took a trip out while the boys (& Ersi) talked cars
Loo with a view – this was on the back of a toilet door!
Crossing the river
Hanne, me & Mia
The Girlies (& Alex) & our host’s wife
Girls just wanna have fun
A serene spot
They’ve turned this little stretch of river into a tourist attraction
7D theatre??? I didn’t know that many dimensions existed…
Zhen Zhu falls
The local wildlife
Stalls flanking the river selling salted eggs, cold drinks, ice creams and souvenirs
Lunch Chinese-style (chickens feet, pigs trotters, fish, snails, soup… to name but a few)
Our afternoon activity: making pies
Kneading the dough
Filling the pie
Closing it up
Ready for cooking
Alison taking pictures with her iPad
Kids viewing her photos
What a smile!
Nice t-shirt! (he had no idea why I picked him out)
We were mobbed by this little lot while making our pies!
Countryside in Zheijang province
Chinese driving school???
A lovely gift from our our hostess
Days 4-8 (19-23 Sep)
On Saturday, once the imported cars had finally arrived from the port and we had started the process of acquiring temporary driving licences, we got to select our car for the event.
Of course we had to choose the Mini Cooper S! 🙂
Mario & Ulrike (from Germany) chose a Fiat 500
Mike & Alison (from Britain) picked the Karmann Ghia
Mario & Veronica (from Chile) chose a Ford Fairline
Ersi & Alex (from Cyprus) picked a Mercedes
The start of the event (only about 5 hours late, thanks to driving licence kerfuffle and the imported cars only arriving that monring!)
Having negotiated our way out of Wenzhou, we had a brief stop at PC2 on SS1
End of SS1 at the top of the mountain (in the dark because we started late!)
Publicity visit to YanDang (Sacred) Mountain before the start of SS2 the next day
Special couples ceremony at YanDang Mountain
Drive for Love ❤
Parked “illegally” outside the lunchtime passage control on SS2 (because we were early)
Classics racing with locals down cobbled mountain road with hairpin bends in the wet 🙂
SS2 complete, we made it to Ningbo!
View from my hotel room in Ningbo
Same view the following morning in daylight
Schedule for day 3 of the event
Outside the hotel ready to depart on SS3
On the road on SS3
Waiting in a layby before the passage control until our allotted time (yes, we were early again!)
Peter & Lin’s Jaguar MkII imported from England
Chinese crew in an old ‘Red Flag’ (classic Chinese car)
The Brits & Irish chewing the cud waiting for the clock to tick by
We made it to Hangzhou! The cars parked up outside the hotel
Driving out of Hangzhou at the start of SS4 we were kept company in the traffic by a Chinese couple in the other Mini
Waiting in another layby before a passage control!
Lunch stop at the final passage control before Shanghai
Peter & Lin’s Jag MkII
Tiddo & Marianna’s VW Beetle imported from the Netherlands
Niels & Hanne’s Lancia Aurelia imported from Denmark
The Chinese Red Flag
The other Mini
Running repairs after our petrol cap key broke off in the lock
It wouldn’t be a rally without a bit of gaffa tape!
The Red Flag had issues starting again after a petrol stop
What is a Heavy Light vehicle!?
Mike & Peter
Parked up in a layby outside the finish control in Shanghai
Relief! We made it 🙂
Mario & Ulrike’s Fiat 500 had issues, so they upgraded to a Rolls Royce… now that’s progress!
The Red Flag & Aurelia turning up at the finish
Cars arrive in Shanghai and queue up just outside the finish
Checking the time
The other Chilean contingent
Finish & Closing Ceremony
Day 8 (23 Sep)
Our event was sponsored by the OneHome Hotel group, who provided both the start and finish hotels
750km later our Mini delivered us safely to the finish in Shanghai. I wanted to bring it home with me!
I think Dad’s hooked on Mini’s now too 😉
With Tony, without whom the event wouldn’t have run
A well-travelled bear (all the way from England)
Polishing the Jag before the closing ceremony
Lin, Tony & Peter
Ersi & her Merc
Alex, Ersi & Tony
Driven by Roberto from Brazil and navigated by his 88-year old Mum – wow!
Tony with Eamon & Pat and their trusty Volvo, shipped over from Ireland
Marianna & Tiddo
No comment :p
Me and Alison
Alison & Mike
Hanne & Niels
Mario & Veronica
Roberto & his Mum
Lin, Ulrike & me
Dominik & Verena’s Delahaye at the finish
Prize for ‘most progress’
Prize for 3rd place in the event went to the Chinese couple in the silver Mini
Prize for 1st place went to Pat & Eamon from Ireland in their Volvo – well done chaps!
Roberto kicked off the speeches and giving of gifts to the organisers at the Closing Dinner ceremony
A gift from Brazil
Wine from Cyprus
A sculpture made of car parts from Denmark
Thank you speech from Ireland
Book of classic cars from Chile
Thank you speech from Mexico
A big thanks to the Classic Vehicle Union of China (CVUC, www.classiccarchina.org), to the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens (FIVA, www.fiva.org) and all the sponsors and helpers in China for making this event an experience I’ll never forget 🙂
2 thoughts on “International Classic Cars China Grand Tour 2015”
Thanks a lot!! Very nice pictures! How pleasant these memories !!
Thank you Marianna, I’m glad you like them 😊 I certainly have lots of great memories!