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Polish Pagoda SL Club annual gathering 19-21 June
« on: May 20, 2015, 18:16:23 »
We will host our annual meeting on 19-21 June.

The agenda includes:
19/06:
Gathering at the Rozalin Palace: barbecue and Pagoda parade (members only)
please also see http://mariuszbodnar.pl/eventy/oldtimer-party/

20/06:
Open meeting at the Stacja Mercedes (please see the photo below): open to all classic Mercedes owners and enthusiasts:
- display of Pagodas in the front of the Station;
- Mystery guest: lecture and exposition about automotive (mainly Mercedes) aesthetics;
- Electric Classic Orchestra concert: "oldies but goldies" themes of '50s-'70s

21/06:
- media meeting
- Pagoda drive to Zelazowa Wola (birthplace of Frederic Chopin).
- Open-air Chopin music live concert. Visiting the gardens and Chopin Museum.
See http://chopin.museum/en/museum/zelazowa_wola/id/216
- Pagoda Gathering release

Everybody's welcome (and his OR HER Pagoda:))

More details to follow soon
« Last Edit: May 20, 2015, 21:01:15 by Flyair »
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Re: Polish Pagoda SL Club annual gathering 19-21 June
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2015, 22:03:33 »
Our preparations for the local SL Pagoda Club annual gathering are well advanced. We expect about 20 Pagodas and their teams, although there will be also some members in a Pagodaless mode, as their beauties are still receiving some renovation treatment.

Now, as the confirmation from our Star Guest just arrived, we are proud to annonce that Maitre Carrossier Paul Bracq will be in Warsaw with Alice, his wife and muse. This is in fact a revisite after our trip to Bordeaux in September last year.
Health issues recently experienced by Paul held us off from confirming his visit earlier, but now everything seems being fine.

So...  as usual: more to come...  
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Re: Polish Pagoda SL Club annual gathering 19-21 June
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2015, 21:38:48 »
Tomorrow morning much awaited Paul and Alice Bracq arrive to Warsaw
 
We are ready to start the celebrations :) 

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Re: Polish Pagoda SL Club annual gathering 19-21 June
« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2015, 21:20:54 »
Paul and his wife Alice arrived safely on Friday noon and the first day started at the Rozalin Palace, where we held our Pagoda gathering.

This was a very relaxed picnic preceded by a review of the cars aligned on the turf in the parc near the palace.

Paul got immediately into the good Pagoda mood and we spent many hours listening to Mercedes stories. For most of us who weren't in Bordeaux last year with us it was the first occasion to sample Paul's excellent souvenirs and great oratory talents.  

In the evening, I was very pleased as honoured that Paul agreed to drive my Pagoda around the green for a short while.
« Last Edit: June 26, 2015, 05:56:48 by Flyair »
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Re: Polish Pagoda SL Club annual gathering 19-21 June
« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2015, 21:34:50 »
The second day Paul and Alice visited the old town of Warsaw.

In the afternoon Paul delivered a presentation about the aesthetics of car design at the summer place Stacja Mercedes. His arrival was greeted by a hundred people's applause. The speech was illustrated by Paul's drawings, paintings and photos projected on the wall. Everything was commented by Paul and translated by yours truly.
« Last Edit: June 26, 2015, 05:57:55 by Flyair »
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Re: Polish Pagoda SL Club annual gathering 19-21 June
« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2015, 21:43:10 »
After the speech Paul and Alice walked around to see the exposed cars, mostly Pagodas, but also some other Mercedes beauties.


On Sunday we joined a vintage Mercedes gathering near Warsaw and went to Zelazowa Wola, Frederic Chopin's birthplace. Paul travelled with Artur about 150 km (90 miles) in his Pagoda.

At Zelazowa Wola we listened to Chopin's live concert and visited the mansion that is now a small museum illustrating the most famous Polish composer's life and work. Both Paul and Alice were very moved by the place and the concert.

Sadly, the visit touched its end and guests had to go to the airport. Several of our members accompanied Paul and Alice to the airport and a few hours lated we were happy to learn that they made it safely back home.

BTW, Several vintage car magazines and specialised TV programs sent their journalists to related the event so I hope to see some more photos and interviews soon.  

For the moment you can see more photos on our Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pagodaSLpolska/photos/a.843671709036487.1073741838.568387549898239/843672969036361/?type=1&theater

 
« Last Edit: June 26, 2015, 05:59:38 by Flyair »
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Re: Polish Pagoda SL Club annual gathering 19-21 June
« Reply #6 on: June 24, 2015, 21:45:55 »
Thank you Stan! What a wonderful time must have been had by all, memories are made of this. It certainly will make a great story for the next issue of Pagoa World that I'm certain you are already workin on.

Thanks for sharing!
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Re: Polish Pagoda SL Club annual gathering 19-21 June
« Reply #7 on: June 24, 2015, 21:59:31 »
Thank you Rolf,
pleased that you like it. I must admit these three days were absolutely superbes. Paul and Alice are a fantastic couple and sharing these short moments were truly an equate experience for all of us.

If this is what what other Members expect, I hope to be able to relate those moments in a write up for the enjoyment of everybody. 
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Re: Polish Pagoda SL Club annual gathering 19-21 June
« Reply #8 on: June 25, 2015, 00:05:44 »
Thanks Stan for sharing with everyone what must have been a fantastic few days.  The pictures are great to see and I am so glad that PB is looking so well.

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Re: Polish Pagoda SL Club annual gathering 19-21 June
« Reply #9 on: June 25, 2015, 04:58:04 »
Thanks for sharing, great event!
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Re: Polish Pagoda SL Club annual gathering 19-21 June
« Reply #10 on: June 25, 2015, 22:56:41 »
Artur & Stan:
I can now say that I have a closeness to Paul B.
He sat in the same seat that I sat in with Artur in 2013 at the 50th in Germany.
how about that.
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Re: Polish Pagoda SL Club annual gathering 19-21 June
« Reply #11 on: June 26, 2015, 07:41:19 »
What a wonderful event!
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Re: Polish Pagoda SL Club annual gathering 19-21 June
« Reply #12 on: June 26, 2015, 22:49:37 »
Tom,
This closeness canot be left forgotten. I will tell Paul what honour he had for having sat in the same seat like you... ;D
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Re: Polish Pagoda SL Club annual gathering 19-21 June
« Reply #13 on: June 27, 2015, 05:01:01 »
Stan, last year in Febuary when my daughter traveled from London, UK to visit us in London, Ontario Canada she had two objectives. One was to visit her parents of course, the second was to travel to the Universety of Michigan. I accompanied her on this visit and we stayed overnight. While Kim was busy at the Universety giving a lecture I visited Michaeal Salemi. Michaeal was a great host and while I visited at his haus he told me how he traveled to France to discuss the book "Pagoda Style" with Paul Bracq. He then showed me in his study a painting from the Pagoda and when I found out that he had several prints left of the painting I naturally purchased one and it found a permanent place in my "Man Cave"

Paul did not sit in my car, however, Michael meet Paul and once he told me stories about it I somehow feel faintly connected as well. My plan is to ship my Pagoda to Europe in about 1 or 2 years and undertake road trips. I hope to stop by Paul's son shop in Frace while I take trips in France, Spain and Italy the end up in Germany.

I also learned during my visit with Michaeal that Peter our past President sat on the same table in Michaeal's kitchen. Michaeal and I have something special in commen, we both own a Pagoda his is red and mine is blue, both cars bear a VIN number that is only three numbers apart. I visualize that in the later part of 1968 when our cars rolled off the assembly line Michaeal's car must have been three cars behind mine.

Both cars then took on a journey to the USA properly travelled all over the USA and Canada and will meet again this coming September at PUB at Joe's place in Blacklick, Ohio USA. I'm sure if you relate this story to Paul Bracq he would get a kick out of it. We will park both cars beside one another and compare what may have changed over the years and what is original and what is not.

I know you saw the print after it was framed before, I attach a photo of it's final resting place in my Man Cave below. I plan to give my garage a makeover soon, perhaps then it will hang in my renovated garage since I will make it an extension of my man cave. Once I renovated the garage only the Pagoda that I call "The Blue Tornado" will be allowed to park in the garage. :)

The visit I had with Michaeal was great, I meet his wife and daughter this is what our membership is all about, one meets interesting people.

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Re: Polish Pagoda SL Club annual gathering 19-21 June
« Reply #14 on: June 28, 2015, 19:00:26 »
Michael:
Do you plan to bring the remaining Paul B prints to Blacklick in Sep?
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Re: Polish Pagoda SL Club annual gathering 19-21 June
« Reply #15 on: June 29, 2015, 17:17:40 »
Rolf
Many thanks for sharing your thoughts and plans with us. I am sure you will be pleased to realise such great ideas.

Meantime, you can also see Paul's paintings and other works at the Les Ateliers Bracq webpage http://www.paulbracq.com/en/, where Paul presents his achievements and offers some for sale. There are many Pagoda related artworks. So enjoy and buy as much as you wish... :)
 
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Re: Polish Pagoda SL Club annual gathering 19-21 June
« Reply #16 on: June 29, 2015, 17:27:56 »
here is a short video from the Stacja Mercedes, where Paul Bracq delivered his presentation.

It was turned by Mercedes, so it is a more general shot of the event, but we prepare a specific material with the entire speech that will be posted later

https://www.facebook.com/StacjaMercedes/videos/vb.528774973842936/882693105117786/?type=2&


Also, here is a video from last year that explains why Stacja mercedes is. If you are patient enough, you will spot our Pagodas that appear a couple of times

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Z77b4un3Ko

Enjoy

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Re: Polish Pagoda SL Club annual gathering 19-21 June
« Reply #17 on: June 29, 2015, 19:33:02 »
Good job Stan!  The members in your area show us time after time, how great it is to meet other members and share the experience.  I encourage all of our members to reach out to the folks in their areas to organize a picnic at a nearby park or meet for a pint at favorite beer garden.  Get out there and share the car you have put so much time, effort, and money into.
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Re: Polish Pagoda SL Club annual gathering 19-21 June
« Reply #18 on: July 13, 2015, 14:38:50 »
Ray,
My thanks for nice words. If our modest achievements can give a positive stimulus to other members in realising their Pagoda associative life it makes me even happier :)
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