There's just something about the 1999 plaquette - the matte paper, the more polished format, the photos. It's a great browse. Some of the photos are very very small and are not the easy to see, but they do capture an ambiance. Wonderful cover photo.
A major change in the '99 plaquette is the inclusion of more non-French language written contributions - 10 in English, 2 in Spanish, and 1 each in Italian, German, and (I think) Flemish. Contributors, it seems, were permitted to choose the language in which their words appear. In every case, there is also a French translation.
As for the ride itself, 1999 saw a big jump in participation - the 3500 rider ceiling was exceeded, but only slightly and all entrants were accepted.
PBP '99 - Vital Statistics:
Participants (Starters): 3573
A selection of Photos from the 1999 Plaquette (photos that benefit from enlargement)
can be found in the PBP Photos Section elsewhere on this site.
The 1999 Plaquette:
(Click to enlarge)