Mons, Belgium, September 2018

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Sabra Sabre Meeting 2018

In 2018 our Sabra Sabre Meeting was held on the first weekend in September and was based at La Louvière, Belgium, an area that we knew very little about.

There were six Sabras and five Sabres parked outside the hotel on Friday evening along with a yellow Coupé.

On Saturday morning we visited Ecomusée du Bois-du-Luc, an old mining town, where we were able to see not only the mine but the houses where the miners and their families lived. It was a good insight into the social history of the time. After a light lunch we visited Musée Royal de Mariemont, a private collection of ancient Greek and Roman art works housed in a new gallery set in a beautiful green park. Afterwards we were able to see the huge and famous ship lift at La Louvière. It was, until the Chinese built a bigger one, the largest ship lift in the world.

On Sunday we then drove to a small village square just outside Mons for the monthly meeting of the Royal Auto Moto Club Mons. I think they were a little surprised to see so many little British cars parked on their grass. It was here that we were joined by three local Sabras. We spent two hours chatting to the locals and admiring the mixture of cars on show before moving on to the pretty town of Binche for lunch. In the afternoon we visited the International Carnival and Masque Museum which was both unusual and fascinating. Later in the afternoon we spent a happy couple of hours wandering around a brewery and of course sampling the many beers that were produced there. We were in Belgium after all! Sadly it was then back to the hotel for our last dinner together and to think of next year.

Throughout the weekend the weather stayed fine and sunny and we were able to drive the convertible cars with the hoods down. One of the Sabras suffered a broken front damper, but a temporary fix was made and the car was driven safely home after the event. Otherwise all our cars behaved well.