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Mauritius Clas­sic Tour: Time ma­chines on wheel­s毛里求斯经典巡回赛:车轮上的时光机器

Islander (English - Chinese) - - CONTENTS - TEXT文: LYNN ERASMUS PHO­TOS CYRIL DE PLATER, CHARLES CHAN摄影

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Novem­ber, the driv­ers of 17 col­lectible cars met at the Maradiva Vil­las Re­sort & Spa – also the host and one of the main event or­gan­is­ers – to con­nect over their com­mon pas­sion. 11 cars were flown in from Paris by Air Mauritius, and their driv­ers were in­vited to dis­cover the unique and won­der­ful Mau­ri­tian land­scape over a three-day rally in the sum­mer sun.

The driv­ers set out the first day to visit iconic sites in the North. They stopped at SSR Botan­i­cal gar­den, lunched at Chateau de Labour­don­nais and ad­mired the beau­ti­ful view over the Northen islets from Cap Mal­heureux church and its fa­mous red roof. On the se­cond day, the par­tic­i­pants set course to­wards the wilder­ness of the south, start­ing with a morn­ing tea break & bless­ing cer­e­mony at Grand Bassin, fol­lowed by lunch & ac­tiv­i­ties at La Val­lée des Couleurs. The day ended with a wellde­served tea break and visit at the Rhumerie de Chamarel.

The fi­nal leg took them through the West Coast, with a lunch stop at

Ta­ma­rina Golf. The teams dined and slept at the lux­u­ri­ous Maradiva Vil­las Re­sort & Spa through­out their stay.

While nu­mer­ous celebri­ties joined the ranks for the ex­clu­sive rally – in­clud­ing ac­tor Raphaël Per­son­naz, re­tired racer Stephane de Grodt and TV pre­sen­ter François Al­lain – none shone brighter than the stun­ning ve­hi­cles that made up the Mauritius Clas­sic Tour. Among them fea­tured a cou­ple of vintage Porsche 365, a Maserati Ghi­bli Spi­der, an Austin Healy and – de Grodt’s per­sonal choice – a 1975 Alpine Ber­linette A110 1300.

This event was de­signed to show­case Mauritius un­der a new light. Its roar­ing suc­cess fore­bodes a great chance of host­ing the event again in the fu­ture. As a proud part­ner of the Mauritius Clas­sic Tour, Air Mauritius pro­vided pref­er­en­tial rates to all par­tic­i­pants and han­dled the trans­fer of 11 vintage cars from Paris to Mauritius. It was a strong chal­lenge that al­lowed our vis­i­tors to cre­ate un­for­get­table mem­o­ries, and one we will gladly take up again next year.

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