Flic-en-Flac Carnival: Vintage Cars In The Spotlight
26 June 2012 - Défi Media Group
Thirty vintage cars are the stars of the Carnival of Flic en Flac, on Sunday 1st July. "The classic cars represent the wealth of a country," says Christophe Leroux, president of Vintage & Classic Car Owners Association.
And this is from the perspective of present Mauritius as an island rich in terms of assets that the association has brought together its members for a parade on Sunday 1 July.
Thirty cars will parade before the start of the Carnival of Flic en Flac, from 14 hours. Note that admission is free. "These cars, which are part of the car in Mauritius, will open the carnival," says Christophe Leroux. For the day Sunday, all cars run all the way, starting from the Old Fire up The Ballad of Miss France.
"It's a journey that is about 800 meters. The carnival parade, it will stretch over three kilometers, "says Christophe Leroux.
The other objective of Vintage & Classic Car Owners Association is to discover the old cars "that are collected by the auto enthusiasts in Mauritius." For the president of the association, the meeting with the public is important as it aims to sensitize Mauritians on the automotive heritage of the country. "In some countries, notably in Latin America, collector cars are an asset to tourism development in the country," says Christophe Leroux.
And last week, the carnival of Flic en Flac, which will take place as part of the Mauritius Shopping Fiesta, is organizing a contest of choreography for the show on Sunday. The winner will receive the sum of 3000 euros.
The association aims at promoting the automotive heritage
Since its inception, the association aims to crisscross the country to discover the oldest cars to the public. "We run on average two to three trips per year, and we used to go in different parts of the island just to show audiences these cars that are part of the country's history," said Christophe Leroux .
This year, the association is in its second output. In May, members and their families had planned a trip to White Mountain, where a lunch and picking guavas from China were on the agenda. After the carnival of Flic en Flac, the association plans to organize the next Classic Tour, which will be held in October in the north of the island.