Date: 29th & 30th March 2008
Location: Salle des fêtes Louis Aragon, Rue Paul Doumer, Mers-Les-Bains, France

Report by Pascal Descloux


This weekend, the 2nd edition of Flip Expo pinball show took place in Mers-Les-Bains.


Mers-Les-Bains seafront
The seafront at Mers-Les-Bains


The city is located on the northern shore of France, right on the English Channel. While the main attraction was the building located few blocks from the sea, visitors were able to take a nice, sunny break on the boardwalk during this pleasant Saturday.


Inside the hall
Inside the hall


The Mers-Les-Bains show is like most of the French pinball shows - a small but very friendly affair which is a great occasion for collectors to meet around pinballs. Entry cost just €2.


Games at Flip Expo
Some of the machines available to play


Around forty machines were gathered together and if most of them were mechanical and solid state, a few dot-matrix machines were also available, such as this nice and rare Cactus Canyon.


Cactus Canyon
The Cactus Canyon machine


Parts dealers were also present at this occasion.


Parts dealers
Some of the parts available


On Saturday afternoon, a pinball tournament took place on the stage, where 3 machines were reserved for the 43 registered players.  Party Zone, Star Wars and Totem were used during the competition, but the final battle took place on just the Totem. If the tournament was just for fun, the first prize was very serious as the winner went home with a Sega Frankenstein!


Players in the tournament
Players in the tournament


When all the play was finished, the winner was Michel Souris shown here with his prize.


Tournament winner Michel Souris
Tournament winner Michel Souris with his Frankenstein


Later during the weekend, a lottery was organized, and once again the first prize was another pinball, this time, a Gottlieb Canada Dry!


The main raffle prize
The main raffle prize (left)


Around 500 visitors came for the weekend, and everyone enjoyed its location (which makes for a good escape to the sea), and its friendly atmosphere.


Other items for sale
Some of the other items for sale


Everybody agreed that the organizers had done a very good job, and have made this show a real rendezvous for pinballs fans.


See you next year!


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