Béarning rubber...in southern France

Although Pau is a dream destination for anyone interested in historic cars, it has plenty of other attractions. 

Wellington left a garrison there in 1814, but the town in southwest France really came to Britons’ attention in 1842 when Scottish doctor Alexander Taylor declared the climate beneficial.

Well-heeled Britons flocked to Pau to enjoy the mild winters.

In 1856, the first golf course on the continent was laid out by a pair of Scottish golfers, fabulous villas were springing up and amenities included a ‘palmarium’, a casino, a race track and, of course, a massive range of sporting activities.

The city’s fortunes took a downturn after the First World War, when the glitterati began following the fashion for sea bathing, ...

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