The Matra Enthusiasts' Club, in collaboration with Avantime Owners UK will be spending a weekend in Romorantin to coincide with an event the French are organising to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Matra factory closure.
Cross the Channel from and to ports of your choice in the UK and France and drive down to Romorantin. The organisers preferred route is Brittany Ferries Poole to Cherbourg. This is so as many of us can travel down to Romorantin in convoy as possible. It's all part of the fun. If you take the overnight ferry from Portsmouth-Caen, or the overnight crossing from Newhaven-Dieppe that depart on Thursday night, you may want to visit the superb Le Manoir d'Automobile in Loheac on your way to Romorantin. Approximate driving times to Romorantin are: from Cherbourg 5 hrs, from Caen 3hrs 30 mins using toll roads, from Dieppe 5 hrs. If you find the ferry costs prohibitive then we advise sharing a car and costs. We expect to arrive at the event hotel, La Pyramide, in Romorantin, by 19.00 where dinner and drinks will await. This hotel can be booked on booking.com.
Saturday 27th- Sunday 28th-
We will attend the commemoration event organised by the French. The exact details of this are yet to be announced but it will include a visit to the Matra museum and there will be Matras on display in the exhibition hall on the old factory site. We will also visit the other Matra related sights in Romorantin and enjoy the town generally.
We will make out way back to the port of entry, possibly stopping at either Chateau Chambord or Beauval Zoo, on route.
It is essential that you book your ferry and hotel accommodation as soon as possible. This will ensure you get the best prices and avoid possible disappointment. Please ensure that you make cancellable/amendable/refundable bookings in case your circumstances change.
For further information email Simon Farmer at email@example.com
This will be a joint meeting with the Simca Club. More details to follow.