Greg and Cara Samways, and Peter and Christine Tipton (Cara's Mum and Dad), have been classic car enthusiasts for years. The Tipton family have had a succession of MGs, including MGB Roadsters, MGB GTs, MGAs and MGCs, and TVRs. As a consequence, Peter has spent many an hour restoring and maintaining the cars over the years, including a spell racing TVRs, and rebuilding Austin Healeys and MGBs.
Now Cara and Greg are busy restoring a farm in France, so that Greg has somewhere to play his music and Cara has somewhere to keep her cars and her Millers Oil supply!
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How did we get here?
For an indication of how we arrived at this point, take a look at the article on French Entrée - Limousin. We have also had an article published in Geoscientist Magazine (the magazine of the Geological Society of London - Greg is a fellow of the Society!), and in Safety Fast, the magazine of the MG car Club. Look out for us in the Press as well, as articles will be appearing throughout the year
We enjoy the classic events
We won 2nd Prize in the classic category during our annual trip to the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2004! OK, the campsite at Chateau Chanteloup is not a major event on the classic car concours circuit, but we enjoyed it! We will be going to Le Mans again this year, as well as to some of the other classic events.
Traditional Music and Dance
Cara and Greg have been attending French traditional music and dance festivals in Central France for more than 10 years. Our favourite is St. Chartier. We now do the translation for their newsletters and website. Our love of French traditional music and dance is part of the reason for moving here. Greg plays the Vielle a Roue (Hurdy-Gurdy) and the Cornemuse (French bagpipes). We have two hurdy-gurdies, both made by Bernard Kerboeuf, from La Chatre. One is a Jenzat-style lute-back and the other is an electro-acoustique guitar-back . Cara also plays the gurdy and we both enjoy the traditional dances from central France, such as the Valse, Scottische, Mazurka, and Bourrees.
When not playing music, we try and do some sailing. The picture is from a trip a few years ago when friends took us out on their Warrior 40 yacht. Cara is at the wheel in this shot (as usual), with Greg, Christine and Peter giving advice (again, as usual!). We used to have a Dufour 2800, but we sold it to buy cars! But we are currently looking at getting a dingy to sail on Lac de Vassiviere.