Enjoy a 10-minute drive with Balades de Chartres

Do you want to make a short trip with a pre-war car, a Jeep, a 2 hp or a Traction? Would you rather drive an exceptional car, such as a Porsche, a Ferrari, or even a McLaren? See you on Saturday and Sunday, all day, in the Place des Épars in Chartres.

For a small financial contribution, you can enjoy a ten-minute journey, as a passenger, with the car of your choice.

Chartres: passionate, this retiree collects cars from the 20s to the 70s

Created eighteen years ago by Dr. Christian Cognon, a doctor from Chartres, the Chartres Ballads are organized by the Rotary Club of Deux-Vallées, and more specifically by Xavier Martino, chairman of the ad hoc commission, and François Delaperrière, in collaboration with the association. Beauce Old Cars (VAB), chaired by James Lefièvre.

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“This event could not take place for health reasons in 2020 and 2021,” recalls James Lefièvre. In previous years, he gathered, each time, a hundred cars. Due to the health situation and the rising cost of fuel, they may not be as numerous this year. »

“It’s as easy as taking a walk”

The principle remains unchanged. “It’s as simple as going on a carousel,” says the president of the VAB association. “Visitors are invited to walk, free of charge, between the cars parked in the square. And if they want to take a walk in one of them, all they have to do is identify the number of the sticker on the windshield and go to one of the two bleachers held by Rotary club members. »

“The choice of route depends on each driver,” adds the president of the VAB association. It is understood that if on Sunday he can easily take the main boulevards, on Saturday, due to traffic, he will mainly go where he can … ”

James Lefièvre (empty)

For vintage cars, it will cost you € 10 for a ten-minute journey. However, for exceptional vehicles, the price will vary between 20 and 30 €. “It’s quite logical,” says James Lefièvre. “On the one hand, because these cars consume a lot more fuel, but also because they can only carry one passenger at a time, unlike most other cars.”

“The Rotary Club of Deux-Vallées recovers about € 15,000 every year thanks to this activity,” explains Xavier Martino. A sum that the club’s service pays, since 2017, mainly to the social association of child and adolescent psychiatry of Chartres (Aspic), in order to allow it to finance its operation “Handi t’aimes mer air “, a therapeutic stay in Les Sables-d’Olonne (Vendée) for children with behavioral problems.

Practice. 16th edition of the Ballades de Chartres on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 April, from 10 am to 6 pm, in the Place des Épars. Free access. On Sunday morning, at 10 am, the day will begin with a large parade of cars present on the main boulevards of Chartres, before returning to its place in the Place des Épars.

Fund a therapeutic stay for 22 children in Les Sables-d’Olonne

Baptisms at sea in the Sables d’Olonne (archive photo Xavier Martino)

“Handi t’aime mer air”: this is the name of the operation funded, since 2017, by the Rotary Club of Deux-Vallées thanks to the profits obtained during the Ballads of Chartres. This operation is organized by the social association of child and adolescent psychiatry of Chartres (Aspic), chaired by Eric Massonneau, educator specializing in child psychiatry. “The idea is to take these children out of their usual environment to make them spend a weekend by the sea in June,” says Eric Massonneau, who will also officiate as a speaker on Saturday and Sunday during the Ballads of Chartres. . “During this weekend, we will leave Chartres by minibus, with as many caregivers as children,” he explains. “In Les Sables-d’Olonne, we will be received by the local Rotary club. Throughout the day on Saturday, its members will offer air and sea baptisms to the children. In groups, the children will be taken aboard Rotary boats, then on board six planes made available by the Sables-d’Olonne Flying Club. “I let you imagine the joy of these kids,” Eric Massonneau said. On Saturday evening, they will be entitled to a meal in the restaurant, followed by an evening hosted by a DJ before a night at the hotel. And on Sunday, before returning to Chartres, they will spend the day in relaxed mode on the beach. »

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