In France, gleaming vintage cars competing in a Versailles to-Rouen race on Saturday (9 September) charmed spectators, but bemused animals in a game park near which they passed.
SV and CU: Vintage cars line up at start of race (8 shots)
GV: Race begins and cars join general traffic on road to Versailles.
GV: Travel shot of race in progress (2 shots)
GV: Vintage drivers pass camels, kangaroos and elephants in roadside zoo ( 4 shots)
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Background: In France, gleaming vintage cars competing in a Versailles to-Rouen race on Saturday (9 September) charmed spectators, but bemused animals in a game park near which they passed.
SYNOPSIS: The competing cars wee all made in the years of infancy of the automobile -- 1901 to 1914. In those days, the laws of many countries said they had to have a man with a red flag walking in front to warn approaching traffic. But the flag-bearer has gone in the way of the horse carriages these motorised beasts used to encounter -and frighten.
The race has begun at Versailles, and the cars are on their way to Rouen. Drivers of contemporary cars in France consider 140 kilometres (about 87 miles) an hour a dawdling pace along the auto routes and major roads. But fifty kilometres (31 miles) an hour is a breathless pace for these well-preserved veterans.
The cars passed by a game reserve in the grounds of the Chateau de Thoiry, about fifty kilometres (31 miles) from Paris. The denizens of the park -- camels kangaroos, elephants, and so on -- are used to cars crossing by, but the throaty chugging of this ancient motors gave them pause. Who won the race? in vintage car circles, you tend not to bother about results -- the outing is the thing.