story and photos by christian chazalon

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31st of December 1999

In celebration of a new Millennium, a handful of enthusiasts living near Mont Ventoux, France decided to drive up its twisting roads, stop at the very point where the snow made it impassable, and uncork some Champagne. They found this moment so memorable that they made a vow to repeat it year after year.
Word spread fast, and soon enough the crowds got larger and larger to the point where this past year, a total of 300 motor bikes and cars would gather at this very special rendezvous. Amongst those cars were a bunch of Porsches ranging from 356s all the way up the family tree to 997s, this includes nearly one of every front-engined model too.

How long can this traditional impromptu meet carry on? Hard to tell. All’s I know is that you’d better try and make it this year before it’s busted up by the authorities…

Sometimes a good thing becomes a victim of its own success!

*Mont Ventoux (the windy mountain) peaks in the Provence region of southern France. Located some 20km northeast of Carpentas, Vaucluse, this mountain with a height of 1,912m (3,273ft) has gained its legendary fame as one of the most grueling stages in the Tour de France. 

Below are the author's images of t his wonderful meet.
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