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Paul Bracq and 1st International Pagoda Rally in Poland
« on: August 23, 2017, 11:37:19 »
Hi everyone.

Last weekend was very important and ceremonial for Pagoda SL Klub Poland.
In Wroclaw (south-western Poland, near the border with the Czech Republic and Germany),
took place the I International Rally W113 Pagoda SL Club Poland.
That was joined with the 7th edition of MotoClassic Wrocław.
Next to the Polish Pagoda our Club invited Pagodas from the Netherlands, Sweden, the Czech Republic
and friends from Germany, Switzerland and Italy.

However, the special guest of our meeting was ... Paul Bracq with his wife Alice!
As a honorary member of our club, he was the chairman of the Jury at the Motoclassic Topacz Rally and Concours d'Elegance.
A few photos below. Nice watch. :D)))

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Re: Paul Bracq and 1st International Pagoda Rally in Poland
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2017, 11:38:39 »
A few more photos. D))
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Re: Paul Bracq and 1st International Pagoda Rally in Poland
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2017, 12:47:13 »
This was a great event indeed!

Marcin,

Who won the Concourse d'Elegance? The "sumo" guys in Datsun?  ;)

Couple of photos from me.

My better half in the background of picture with Mr and Mrs Bracq.
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Re: Paul Bracq and 1st International Pagoda Rally in Poland
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2017, 13:18:28 »
The winner was (unfortunately) not Pagoda owner.  :'(
The Grand Prix won the little P70 and crew in the miners' outfit.
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Re: Paul Bracq and 1st International Pagoda Rally in Poland
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2017, 13:35:29 »
One of us will win next time!

I am not sure how it would be received if a Pagoda won, given the jury composition...

And I have to admit that P70 and miners is a bloody good idea... Despite the simple fact that those days miners would not, most likely, be able to afford P70 even if it would be made available for them by authorities (because they were miners).

Wonder if our colleagues from non-former-eastern-block would understand what we are talking about.  ;)
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Re: Paul Bracq and 1st International Pagoda Rally in Poland
« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2017, 13:48:59 »
Maybe because of the composition of Jury Pagoda did not win,
but Pagoda always wins. HEHEHE!

Apropos miners in the eastern bloc.
They always had better than the rest of the population:
better wages, better shops, etc.
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« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2017, 14:18:12 »
Exactly! And better access to cars.
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Re: Paul Bracq and 1st International Pagoda Rally in Poland
« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2017, 17:05:06 »
Looks like an excellent event. Did Paul Bracq give any originality pointers on your Pagoda's ?
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Re: Paul Bracq and 1st International Pagoda Rally in Poland
« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2017, 07:44:52 »
Great event, well worth the drive from Prague to meet Paul Bracq and get his autograph on my glove box
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Re: Paul Bracq and 1st International Pagoda Rally in Poland
« Reply #9 on: August 24, 2017, 17:53:35 »
Undersigned and partner Anke just have been returned from the 1. International Pagode Rally near Wroclaw (Breslau). A great event within the Topacz Castle, a bit comparable with Schloss Dyck. The rally event was part of a big classic happening around the castle.
Once more we say many thanks for all the pleasure and happiness we have experienced in this past long weekend. We really have been embraced by the members of the Polish Pagode Club. We met open minded people who not only shared the passion of cars but sharing views, habits, culture…and having fun together!
The unforgettable highlight : having been almost familiar with the great designer of the Pagode, Paul Braque and his fantastic wife Allice.
It was a relaxed event with a perfect, not dominating  organisation (incl. a well-trained security) on the background. …In a pleasant atmosphere we could make friends, we hope seeing them more often in the future. And the “Commander’s Ball” showed how these folks can celebrate a festival in yet the black tie and yet being fascinating free and happy!
We never have been pampered so much for such a reasonable fee. From Thursday evening to Sunday lunch all nights in comfortable rooms in the castle and breakfast, lunch and dinner all days for 2000 zloty, round about € 500! And don’t forget the fun, the passion of the people for Mercedes Benz, and the happiness you long will remember. (Unfortunately Daimler-Benz contributed no cent to this event in a real Mercedes Benz country).
We only can recommend by heart and by mind to put this event into your agenda for 2018! Thus, see you in Wroclaw/ Breslau next year.
Günter Abet

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Re: Paul Bracq and 1st International Pagoda Rally in Poland
« Reply #10 on: August 24, 2017, 22:27:48 »
Dear Gunter,

Thank you very much for the good words. But you and your wife Anke and other European guests were part of it, so you made it too!  :)

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Re: Paul Bracq and 1st International Pagoda Rally in Poland
« Reply #11 on: August 25, 2017, 14:14:42 »
Dear Gunter
When I had read these words, I felt moved and very happy.
As Artur wrote -  you, your wife and other participants of the rally created this amazing event.
Thank you and see you next year.
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Re: Paul Bracq and 1st International Pagoda Rally in Poland
« Reply #12 on: August 25, 2017, 23:33:28 »
This gathering is becoming a big annual event.  I think I need to look at my events calendar for 2018!!!  ;D ;D

  What is its timing in relation to the Euro Tour by the Pagoda Group?

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Re: Paul Bracq and 1st International Pagoda Rally in Poland
« Reply #13 on: August 26, 2017, 00:33:38 »
Garry,

it would be great if it was just before or just after, however, I think we are out off luck there. Then Stan mentioned sometime back if I am ever in the area he would organize something. :)

Enjoy the rest of your Holiday!

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Re: Paul Bracq and 1st International Pagoda Rally in Poland
« Reply #14 on: August 26, 2017, 12:53:34 »
Rolf-Dieter,

My bucket list is to take the Pagoda for a long drive, firstly ship to LA and drive to the East coast then ship to Uk and drive through out Europe and then maybe back the return way home or pass it on for sale in UK and pay the taxes.!!!  Have priced it and also looked at the legals of doing it. I can have it in USA for 12 months then must take it out of country, same in UK and can drive it around so if there was a PUB then the following year a Euro rally and this rally then it may make sense to do so.  It worked out to be the cost of a business class fare to Uk and back.  Food for thought..  Maybe we can put them both in a container from Canada to UK aNd back :P

Has been on my mind for a year or more.

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« Reply #15 on: August 26, 2017, 23:16:01 »
I also would like to endorse everything that has already been said about the 1st international Pagoda Rally in Poland and more.
This was my first event with my pagoda, it was a fantastic weekend, well organized and we were made very welcome by the Polska Pagoda club, a special thankyou to Artur for keeping us all in order and getting us together when needed. I look forward to seeing the drone the video of us driving through Wroclaw.
However the icing on the cake was to meet Paul Bracq and have him sign the glove box of my pagoda - a great honour.
We look forward to the next event - keep us posted.

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Re: Paul Bracq and 1st International Pagoda Rally in Poland
« Reply #16 on: August 27, 2017, 01:55:24 »
Hi Garry,

What a great item to be on your Bucket List, I've got something similar in mind. We do have to talk about this in September at PUB :)

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Re: Paul Bracq and 1st International Pagoda Rally in Poland
« Reply #17 on: October 02, 2017, 21:20:57 »
Dear Pagoda Friends!...

Below you will find a link to the documentary film about the 1st International Pagoda SL Club Event held in Poland a few weeks ago.

Enjoy!

https://youtu.be/tkCecriiOs4
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« Reply #18 on: October 02, 2017, 22:12:33 »
Excellent Artur!  Thanks for posting.
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Re: Paul Bracq and 1st International Pagoda Rally in Poland
« Reply #19 on: October 02, 2017, 22:47:22 »
Thank you Artur! As Ralph already mentioned I cannot find a better word then "Fantastic" Thanks for sharing.

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« Reply #20 on: October 03, 2017, 02:16:22 »
Ralph, Rolf-Dieter, Thank You!
We try to do our best....

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Re: Paul Bracq and 1st International Pagoda Rally in Poland
« Reply #21 on: October 03, 2017, 02:20:23 »
Artur,


That looked like a wonderful event and I really enjoyed the video.


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« Reply #22 on: October 03, 2017, 08:19:41 »
Artur,

absolutely world class video. Yours keep getting better and better. Love that bridge fly-over shot!
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« Reply #23 on: October 09, 2017, 16:10:04 »
Peter, Garry .. Thank You!

The event was exceptional in every way so it was easy to make an exceptional video... :-)

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Re: Paul Bracq and 1st International Pagoda Rally in Poland
« Reply #24 on: October 10, 2017, 04:28:29 »
Artur,


Are you guys running another gathering next year 2018 and if so do you know what the timing might be.  I am looking at doing the Pagoda Group Euro run but may be over there for some extended time and hope to get in some other gatherings like yours and the Germans Pagode gathering.  With or with out my car!


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Re: Paul Bracq and 1st International Pagoda Rally in Poland
« Reply #25 on: October 10, 2017, 19:40:02 »
Just want to congratulate you for a wonderful video.
Also want to say what an honor it must be for Paul Bracq
to be able to attend these events in his senior years
and see how beloved his creation has become.

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« Reply #26 on: October 12, 2017, 16:28:54 »
Garry...

Yes, we have a plan for next year gathering. For the time being it is the middle of August, and more specifically 16-19 of August 2018.

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« Reply #27 on: October 12, 2017, 16:58:46 »
Hello Artur.

Would be great if it could be 4 weeks later closer to the Euro Event then Garry and I would be able to attest as well ... however, your timing must have there reasons based on location and weather conditions. Gerry can I'm sure stay longer in Europe, however, I can only stay 2 weeks next year.

Best,

Dieter

PS. Garry and I will be driving a Pagoda from a fellow Member at the Euro 2018 event, we are both looking forward to it.
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« Reply #28 on: October 12, 2017, 23:32:32 »
Rolf-Dieter,


The Euro Event is from 27 to 30 September 2018 so an August date could work well for me as I was planning on spending at least a month or two before hand around Spain, France, Italy, Croatia, Czech, Poland and then maybe Scandinavia  before heading home.

Artur,  Where are you holding the event.  Pretty sure Kate and I will be where ever it is.

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« Reply #29 on: November 01, 2017, 23:16:49 »
This is great! Paul Bracq designed so many of the cars we all know and love; I am glad he is getting some of the honor and recognition he deserves, and enjoying the appreciation of his timeless and beautiful designs.

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« Reply #30 on: November 02, 2017, 00:36:39 »
Garry, of course I know the dates of the Euro Event, can't wait :) unfortunately Ii can only devote 2 weeks next year since I have other commitments. I do remember when I was down under in 1984 you folks love to make those 2 to 3 months Euro Holidays every 3 years or so. I've learned quite a bit about Australia on my 4 months project way back then :)

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