Automuseum Mahy

Once upon a time there was… the Collection Mahy, unprecedented in diversity, unique in the world!  Veteran, vintage and classic cars, movie stars, trucks, buses, chassis, miniatures, pedal cars, bicycles, bikes, steam machines, carriages… basically everything relating to road transport since 1895 is on show at Mahymobiles. Over 300 vehicles are on display. Each has a fascinating story or a special place in motoring history and everything exudes passion


Chateau de Savigny-Les-Beaune

Looks like i found a chateau witch i really like! Motorcycle, car, plane… Name it they have it!

It is in Burgundy, in the heart of the Côte de Beaune, that the prestigious Chateau de Savigny-lès-Beaune overlooks a magnificent property of 12 hectares, crossed by a river, which originally supplied the moat of this old fortress.

Built in 1340 for the Duke Eude by Jean de Frolois, Marshal of Burgundy, it was dismantled in 1478 as punishment because the Lord had sided with Mary of Burgundy against Louis XI, leaving only the machicolation corbel that are still present on two of the towers. A property of the Bouhier family in the early seventeenth century, It was Etienne who at that time restored and adorn the Castle. His son Jean, the new owner at his father’s death in 1635, will build the great interior staircase on the same model as the one built by Mansart at the Château de Maisons-Laffitte. His son Bénigne succeeded him in 1671 and marked his passage by building the “Petit Château” (Little Castle). The eldest son of Bénigne, Jean Bouhier, became a member of the French Academy in 1727.

In 1689, it became the property of the De Migieu family, then by marriage to the General Count of Loyère and his descendants. His son, the Count of Loyère, whose grandson, the academician Joseph Pesquidoux, was born in Savigny in 1869, was the president of the Viticulture Committee of the Côte d’Or from 1854 to 1879.

His collaborator was Dr Guyot whose works on viticulture are still authoritative today. After his death, he was buried at Savigny in 1872.

During the year 1719, the president De Migieu had to abandon his castle for a few months when it was the imposed residence of the Duchess of Maine during her exile in Burgundy.


France – Andorra mountain pass

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Assuming you are coming from France – you will probably com via D117/N20. When you hit Hospitalet-Pres-L’Andorre you will turn onto the N22. Somewhere about here look to take a break and do what ever you do to prepare. This is a seriously twisty road – and a fairly fast one – most of the hairpins you can safely take between 60 and 80 KPH but there a quite a few tighter slower ones – the good news is you will evenly wear every surface of your tires – the bad news is some of the corners merit ‘back brake dragging’ and that’s going upwards! Low season (the Pics are from April 19th 2007) the roads are clear of tourists – so we only had about 5KM when people got in the way. The rest of it is indescribably brilliant! We did our base (Montrejeau) to Andorra and back in a day – 480 KM 8-9 hours ride time – every KM briliant! took the Fazer but the MT03 or the ER6 would be better. The route (all here) is D618/N117 and this final bit N22, CG2 CG3) if you’re down here – treat yourself! Don’t forget to look at the Pics!