At least: the summer vacation time. Happy pensionado's are already busy with fall, Christmas and spring vacations. When the last vacation was discussed - Northern France, the French Ardennes - the question of "the opposing party" was: "But not in such an old car?" Not all our acquaintances are classic connoisseurs.
But of course it was
Because why wouldn't you go on holiday with a classic car? The only time we let that jump was about the pennies. Because driving to Croatia with full sized Buick LeSabre would really cost too much gas.
Our favorite holiday destination?
That stretches between England and France. France usually wins. The BXsen that my Lief has been driving since she got her driver's license, feels most at ease there. We speak the language well - and that really makes the difference in France - and we like wine. All those summers in France went with very few problems. A broken gas pump was replaced in the Vosges in a village garage near Plombières by an electrically working one.
The advantage in the whole story is of course that your classic set off on a healthy journey. From the rally and ride world we all too often hear about breakdowns due to what is in fact nothing less than overdue maintenance. The men of the sweeping team are often unnecessarily busy with it.
Carefully check the car before the holiday trip or have it done
Where it often goes wrong? The brakes and the cooling are often more heavily loaded on holiday trips than during a round trip around the Loosdrecht lakes. The cooling system must therefore be in order and it is very smart not only to look at the brake pads or brake shoes, but also to pay extra attention to the brake hoses. See if the ignition is correct. Check the carbon brushes. Take a set of contacts and a capacitor along with a liter of oil and coolant. And check how it is with the spare wheel. Check the tire pressure. Fill the windscreen washer reservoir and do not fill E10 gasoline.
In this way we have been doing well for years
When you go on holiday with a classic car you can just miss the air conditioning. But then you simply fall back on the 'arko' system of the past: All Windows Can Open. The wind through your hair is nice. And on the secondary roads - which are by far preferable to highways - the wind noise remains quite acceptable. What extra oil consumption and the disappearance of a hint of coolant? That is normal with classics. Just as it was once normal to check the fluid level (and the lighting) for every daily ride. And if you can do it during a vacation to meet new people and have pleasant conversations? Then a classic is an excellent social lubricant.
In addition, we have often experienced that friendly French villagers always know a few forgotten classic cars. And if you approach such an address with your new knowledge? Before you know it, you are red wine. Many French people have little to nothing with classic cars and old buildings. But they are genuinely interested in aliens
A: That is.
B: No traders are and
C: Who try to speak their language reasonably well.
But for the record, take a list with car-technical terms and the names of the various car parts of the holiday classic. Because all technology is fallible.