St Tropez 1976

June 9, 2014

This is a picture of the POD Father on holiday in St Tropez in 1976.  (He’s still waiting for his first Lamborghini. Can you spot Hector Riva of Euromillions fame?) The POD Father’s Dad, or Gagam as POD has dubbed him, was stationed in RAF Germany three times during his long career in the Royal Air Force.

The first of these three year tours was at RAF Rheindalen a non-flying Royal Air Force military base. Part of the Rheindahlen Military Complex (J.H.Q.) in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany and of British Forces Germany it was a key station in Northern Europe at the height of the Cold War.

Although this wasn’t a flying tour for Gagam the perks of an overseas posting helped make up for it. Not least of these was the accessibility of fantastic holiday destinations like St Tropez, now hours away by car. St Tropez was, as now the playground of the rich and famous, so an unlikely holiday destination for a young RAF officer and his family coming from the UK.

However from RAF Rheindalen it simply meant packing the Austin Maxi until it was fit to burst and taking to the AutoBahn. With two children,all the necessary camping equipment and a large inflatable dingy there wasn’t much room to spare. The journey was over 5 hours long but with the help of Abba and John Denver cassette tapes the hours flew by – Grandma’s Feather Bed was a particular favourite.

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Linking up with #whatsthestory here on PODcast.

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  • Coombemill June 9, 2014 at 7:15 am

    What an exciting childhood and wow that car is still looking good today

  • James gibson June 9, 2014 at 7:26 am

    I often think how nice it would have been to be an officer years ago ! My granddad was an officer and live a very good life overseas ha ha #whatsthestory

  • Jenny June 9, 2014 at 8:41 am

    What a great time in his childhood, I bet that was fantastic to see at his age there. Every boy’s dream or man’s too. hahaha Lovely post. Great memories and a great car still today! #whatsthestory

  • YouBabyMeMummy June 9, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Fabulous car and what an exciting childhood the POD father had x

  • Louise Perry Fairweather June 9, 2014 at 9:25 am

    I still have no idea how my Dad managed to pack all our stuff in his car x

  • Iona@redpeffer June 9, 2014 at 9:50 am

    What an adventure-they must have made up for the moving around! Love his face in that picture too 🙂

  • LauraCYMFT June 9, 2014 at 10:23 am

    That’s a gorgeous car!

  • Susie Dove June 9, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Super memories!

  • Dean June 9, 2014 at 10:37 am

    I love this photo. So cute! I bet POD will have such a laugh and will love it too when she’s probably in her teens or even older! 🙂

  • Sophie Lovett June 9, 2014 at 11:37 am

    What an awesome picture! I just love looking at pictures from the past, and it’s always fascinating to hear the stories behind them x

  • Sara (@mumturnedmom) June 9, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    That’s an amazing story to be able to tell 🙂

  • Mary @ Over 40 and a Mum to One June 9, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    Love it, although a Ferrari would obviously have been a better choice!

  • Karen Bell June 9, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    My hubby just looked over at that car, he said very nice, beautiful car! Great story too.

  • Tarana June 10, 2014 at 6:47 am

    This is such a beautiful car, and story behind it is even more interesting! Thanks for sharing this precious photo 🙂

  • Rosie @Eco-Gites of Lenault June 10, 2014 at 7:08 am

    Oooh – the summer of ’76 – long, hot and full of some great songs! I bet there are a few of us who would like to flip back and relive that summer, POD father included!

  • Wicked World of Lucas June 10, 2014 at 8:59 am

    What an awesome photo and a great story to go with it. Love your posts so much 🙂 #whatsthestory

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  • Merlinda Little (@pixiedusk) June 10, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    5 hours of Abba & John Denver is too much for me. Awesome story behind a photo! #WhatsTheStory

  • PinkOddy June 10, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    What a great story – and ah cassettes! I hope he doesn’t have to wait too much longer for his Lamborghini 😉

  • Honest Mum June 10, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    Stunning car and what an exciting backstory. We luckily always holidayed in the South of France with my folks throughout childhood so many fun and glamourous memories of St Tropez, Cannes, Grasse and other places in the South of France, still return now and one day would love to live there or at least spend 6 months of the year there! Lovely post x

  • Kara June 11, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    Haa haa – great pic – we saw one of this at Bournemouth Wheels a few weeks back, shame the weather wasn’t as good!

  • older mum in a muddle June 11, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    Brilliant….. look at him behind that shiny car. And LOVING your new blog look. Is this a Helen Braid job per chance. I can spot her signature styling. It’s looking great! X

  • Nikki Fraser June 12, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    Love the picture and the car