“Minors on Tour 2018 will be in Duravel in the Lot region of France, from Saturday 26 May to Saturday 2 June 2018. This coincides with the school half-term holiday and the late May Bank Holiday. For our 36th Minors On Tour trip, our four organisers – Helen and Pete Cosslett, and Chris and Helen Kinloch – will be in charge of a joint venture between the MMOC and Amicale Morris Minor France, which gives you the chance to join up with not only other MMOC members but Minor enthusiasts from all over Europe.
The venue for 2108 is the beautiful, unspoilt and historic Lot Valley area in South West France. The weather at the end of May is usually warm and sunny, although seasoned MOTers will still bring their wellies, anorak and umbrella as a precaution!
The base for the rally will be Camping Cap Fun Duravel, situated on the banks of the River Lot. The site offers camping and plenty of on-site accommodation. There is a big pool complex, bar, restaurant, shop and other facilities. The site is also offering a special discount for MOT participants. Please feel free to browse the Cap Fun website, but please don’t book your accommodation through the website as you won’t receive the discount. Once you have registered for MOT you will be given details of how to book and a special reference number. For those who would prefer to be off-site, a list of local B&Bs and hotels will be provided.
During the week there will be boat trips on the Lot, wine tasting visits (the area is famed for its Cahors wine), a celebration meal with live music, an organised drive to show you the area, a countryside walk, as well as the traditional quiz and charity auction. Despite all of this there will be plenty of free time for you to explore the area on your own or in small groups. The AMMF’s Chris and Mary Hall, who have lived in Duravel for 26 years, will be on hand to provide you with a wide range of ideas for days out, places to visit and things to see and do.
We know this is a long trip, but we can assure you it will be worth it. From the ports of Dieppe, Le Havre and St-Malo the journey can be done in a day in a Minor. From Calais or The Chunnel it is quite a bit further, but if you have the time why not spend a couple of days driving down and enjoying the journey with a mid-way overnight stop. Also, please feel free to extend your holiday and arrive in advance of the rally itself or stay on afterwards to give you more time to look around this lovely area.
MOT has a long and proud history of raising money for charity – over £100,000 to date – and next year we will be continuing that tradition. There will be the usual charity auction and raffle, but as it is a ‘long’ MOT this year we would like to revive the idea of getting your car sponsored to make this ‘epic’ journey. It is a chance for you to ask all those friends, family and work colleagues, who are often badgering you to sponsor them for a marathon or whatever, to put their hands in their pockets to help you raise money for a change. We used to find it particularly pleasing to get money off the Doubting Thomases who don’t believe you can get ‘that old banger’ out of the garage, let alone drive it a thousand miles!
We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you in the Lot next year.
Pete and Helen Cosslett
The following text has come straight from Helen and Pete Cosslett as their suggested route south from the Channel port, and is provided as a guide only – you may have other preferences for route planning. MOT does recommend using ViaMichelin for routing in France rather than Google Maps though – Google is hopelessly optimistic about journey times!
Leave le Havre heading to A13 AutoRoute signed Rouen at Pont de tarcanville toll is 2.60 euros. After this you enter another peage 2.90 euros come off just after the Rouen turn off at junc 19 signed Evreux.Orleans this is the n154 pay toll 2.10 follow this road cross country through Evreux then dreux and Chartres ring road(nasty speed camera just as you head downhill onto ring road .it flashed us and we werent driving fast as we were in queue!) stay on n154 head for Orleans.join the A10 motorway at junc 12 just north of Orleans then follow signs A71to Toulouse when motoway splits just after junc 14 take A71 signed Toulouse its important you take this fork as it is now mostly free you pay a final toll of 12 euros at Vierzon Take the fork signed toulouse that now becomes a20 this is now free Motorway all the way to Brive.follow the A20 past Limoges and Brive come off at junction 57 Cahors Nord where you pay a short toll of 6.70 euros .follow the d 811 through the Lot valley to duravel.the distance is approx 467 miles.
We have done many routes in the past but this one seems to work the best if people used this route for souillac mot the lot valley turn off is an hour further south.
the most expensive route is the rennes nantes bordeaux A10 we did this on the return took 3 hrs just getting to bordeaux north non motorway to bordeaux on d9111 then paid 24 euros tollom the a10 bordeaux to Nantes its non motorway just dual carriageway from nantes and you have to be alert cos you have the peripherique nantes and so perpherique rennes to contend with quite easy to cock it up!! the whole journey back to st malo took over 9 hrs and the service stations were all full its a buisier route.So best steer clear!
Another way is le mans poitiers and then through angouleme Perigeux..non autoroute but takes a helluva long time but ok if you want to take time.dont have latest tolls for this lots of peage sections…but the site www.via michelin..com gives Various options for up to date routes journey times and latest tolls..its better than google maps that was way out with its journey times.
Please download and print off the Registration Form below and post back to Chris and Helen at the address shown on the form. You will NOT be registered until they have acknowledged receipt of your form and the trip fee. Unfortunately, we are not able to accept bookings from non-MMOC members.
Campsite Booking Info MOT 2018
(as confirmed with the site manager, Franck Paillet, on 14th September 2017)
The deal :
- 10 % discount on the cost mobile homes and camping(excluding the booking fee, linen hire & dogs)
- No charge for a second car at a mobile home or on a pitch
- Payment in full in advance (The campsite’s general terms & conditions incl info on security deposits etc are on their website, bottom right, ‘General Sales Conditions’)
When bookings can be made:
Once next year’s tariffs are on the website, normally by the end of October. Bookings can be accepted from the beginning of November but the office is only staffed part-time so a reply may not be sent straight away. No worries, there are enough mobile homes (200) and pitches (100) for everyone.
How to book:
Check the range of accommodation on their website, choose what you want. Email or send a letter to the campsite office clearly stating:
- Morris Minor Rally 2018
- Your name, postal & email address
- Your MOT Rally Number
- What accommodation you would like, and for how many adults, children, dogs
- Your arrival and departure dates
Campsite email : email@example.comPostal address : Camping CapFun, Route de Vire, 46700 Duravel, France
The office administrator speaks English, French, Dutch & some German
Do not book online through the CapFun central office as they cannot give you the MOT discount.
MOT Clothing Form
A visit to Cahors, the ‘county capital’ 25 miles away, will suit history buffs, gardeners and shopaholics alike. The medieval fortified bridge over the Lot, the Pont Valentré, is not to be missed whilst the old centre is a maze of winding medieval streets with quirky buildings and surprising hidden gardens (and some rather nice shops!) The Resistance museum is a ‘must’ for anyone interested in World war II.
Beyond Cahors, the stunning village of St Cirq Lapopie perched 100m above the river is a 3-star attraction. Nearby are the prehistoric painted caves of Pech-Merle. For fans of industrial heritage the local phosphate mines are fascinating, whilst foodies might like to eat at Lou Boudié in nearby Bach, featured by Jamie Oliver in his French tour. Lunch there isn’t expensive.
Animal lovers will want to visit the Gramat Animal Park, a large nature conservation project spread over 40 heactares where you can see over 150 species of wild and domestic European animals, including wolves, bears, lynx, otters, bison and deer in a natural setting, and learn about the work the Park is doing.
During the 100 Years War between England and France in the 14th century, Bordeaux and Aquitaine to the west belonged to England and Duravel sat on the line between the two warring countries. This heritage has left the area with a glorious collection of formerly fortified towns known as#39;bastides’. A lovely drive noth-west will take you through Monflanquin, Villareal, Monpazier, (perhaps a visit to Biron castle?) and back via Villefranche de Périgord. Touring south and west from the campsite along the lanes to Penne d’Agenais, via Tournon d’Agenais will take you to Pujols and the larger town of Villeneuve sur Lot. At Penne, I defy anyone not to shed a tear at the thought-provoking Deportation Memorial by the railway station.
30 miles away to the north at Allas-les- Mines in the Dordogne lies a fascinating new musuem for the period 1860-1940 created by the Boom family, long-time old car enthusiasts (including Morris Minors). La Musée de la Rue de Temps Passé takes you back in time, along streets lined with shops and trades of the periods, the Boom family having collected a vast array of collectibles over the years. Well worth a visit, and at the same time you can take in the scenery of the Dorodgne valley.
If you’re interested in Egyptian history you’ll want to pootle up to Figeac, the birthplace of the first person, Champollion, to decipher hieroglyphs in the early 19th century. In the square in front of the Champollion Museum lies an immense slab of black granite inscribed with hieroglyphs. It represents the “Rosetta Stone”, the fragment of an Egyptian stele which enabled Champollion to decode the writing system of the Pharaohs. Figeac itself is a delightful town to explore.
Bringing us back to the 21st century, some of you may want to get up early and head for Blagnac on the outskirts of Toulouse for a guided tour of the Airbus facility to see how and where the big Airbus A380 is put together. You need to book in advance and provide ID, and if a group of you get together it’s cheaper ; http://www.manatour.fr/en/aeronautical-discovery/lets-visit- airbus-discovery- tour
If this all seems too much driving around to do whilst you’re on holiday don’t worry. You can stroll out into walks all around the area, along the river by the old railway track, or into Duravel on footpaths through the vines to visit the unique 11th century crypt, or simply to enjoy a drink or a meal in the local cafe (enthusiastically run by new young owners). Take a stroll over the bridge from the campsite to do some serious chocolate tasting at the local Belgian Chocolaterie, where small groups can also do short chocolate making courses. A little further away but still walkable adults and children alike can pick and decorate their pottery mug, bowl, plate or piggy bank at Le Caillau, whilst enjoying coffee and cakes. Once painted, your dishwasher-friendly pot will be glazed and ready for collection within 4 days. 3 miles from the campsite is the pretty town of Puy l’Eveque, with it’s Tuesday market and historic porcelain shop and museum, Virebent. Meanwhile more energetic folks can hire bikes right next door to the campsite and explore miles of local tracks and lanes, or go canoeing/kayaking from Puy l’Eveque.
If anyone has any particular questions about the local area, activities or history please don’t hesitate contact Chris and Mary of the Franch club, who’ve lived in Duravel for over 26 years. Email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
These are the two charities that MOT will be supporting this year
Médecins Sans Frontières – Doctors Without Borders – is a leading emergency medical humanitarian aid organisation. They provide assistance to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics and natural or man-made disasters without discrimination and irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation. To that end, the organisation emphasises “independence and impartiality”, and explicitly precludes political, economic, or religious factors in its decision making. For these reasons, it limits the amount of funding received from governments or intergovernmental organisation and relies on donations from individuals or clubs such as ours for their finance. They work wherever there is a need and go to places where others cannot or choose not to go.
Founded in 1971, in the aftermath of the war in Biafra, by a small group of French doctors and journalists who sought to expand accessibility to medical care across national boundaries, mainly in developing countries or war torn regions, it has expanded its field of operations so much that in 2016, over 38,000 personal mostly local doctors, nurses and other medical professionals, logistical experts, water and sanitation engineers and administrators – provided medical aid in over 65 countries. Private donors provide 95% of the organisation’s funding, this includes individuals, trusts, foundations and corporations.
Pancreatic Cancer UK – In the UK, around 9,600 people are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer every year and less than 7% of people diagnosed will survive beyond 5 years. Pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate of the 20 most common cancers and yet over the last decade has received less than 1% of the UK’s total cancer research budget.
These bleak odds have barely improved for over forty years and something has to change.
Pancreatic cancer is tough: tough to diagnose, tough to treat and tough to survive. But Pancreatic Cancer UK is taking it on by supporting those affected by the disease, investing in ground breaking research, lobbying for greater recognition of pancreatic cancer, and being a voice for everyone involved in the fight. With every pound raised from MOT 2018 we will help fund pioneering research to transform diagnosis and treatment and save lives.
We will help the Pancreatic Cancer UK Support Line to be there for more people affected by the disease, so that their specialist nurses can make sure everyone receives support and information, when they need it the most.