Friday, 20 April 2018

CCC Visit to the School for Blind Children - Towarzystwo Opieki nad Ociemniałymi in Laski just outside Warsaw, Poland, 24th March 2018

Once again, we had a very emotional day with the blind children at the Laski school. In spite of the fresh weather, a very nice cross-section of CCC cars made it out to Laski for a “touch-smell-hear” Concours d’Elegance. We had representation from Mercedes,  Renault, Jaguar, Aston Martin, Bentley, Porsche, MG, Austin Healey, ranging from 1936 to 2017. As the CCC participants met the children, a fair number of tears were shed. 

After getting to know the cars, the children took turns in test-driving the cars on and around the school grounds, with some of the cars promising “Bardzo szybki” tours. Amongst other options, the children had the courage to get on board the Renault Turbo — driven by an ex-rally driver — for a properly fast tour, and thoroughly enjoyed it.

To conclude the car events, there was a competition of identifying the cars by their engine sound. In a feat normally only achieved in “wetten das”, the group of children achieved a near perfect score in matching the sound of the starting engine with the car brand 95% correct. And that after only knowing the cars for half a day.

Finally, we had lunch together with the Laski management and personnel, demonstrating once again that simple food can have amazing taste. We need to convince the cook of Laski to make his ziemniaki and klopsik available commercially.

All in all, it was an amazing day. Emotions ran high, from happy children to sad CCC members. Some tears were shed but - or maybe because of this - the day was wonderful.

                                                                                                                          Paul van Arkel

                                                                               Photographs by Richard Kaluzynski

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