Voitures de Collection – Roquefort les Pins – October 2009

Having enjoyed an excursion on the Route Napoleon, I found myself on a road between Grasse and Nice which takes in a number of rather typical French villages, one of which – Roquefort les Pins –  greeted its visitors with a huge sign advertising “voitures de collection” (ie, collectors cars) on show at the village school on, oh, the very day that I was driving through the place. Even if I had not seen the sign, I would have seen the cars, as less than 1km further on, I spotted a whole load of interesting cars parked up. A hasty about turn, to find somewhere to park up the rather less than collectable (for now, at least!) rental barouche and I wandered along to see what was on show. As it was well into the afternoon, many of the participants were getting ready to depart, but I still saw some nice and rare cars, and here is a sample:
As you might expect, French cars dominated the show, with some beautifully kept rarities to see:

Citroen Traction Avant

Citroen 2CV
Citroen DS21
Citroen Ami
Citroen Mehari
Renault 4CV
Renault R16 TX
A Renault Rodeo – this vehicle was similar to the Mehari, but never had the same success or profile
Peugeot 402
Peugeot 203
Simca Vedette
Simca Aronde
Simca Oceane
A CG – a marque that I first encountered when three of these starred at La Vie en Bleu in 2008.
A very rare Talbot convertible from 1956.
There were plenty of British cars, including this Sunbeam Tiger and an MG TC
There were a lot of American cars, but most of them were in areas very dappled with shadow and so would not have photographed well.
1965 Mustang

1956 Buick Special
And finally, one of my favourites, the early 1960s Innocenti 950, a lovely Italian-bodied version of the Sprite/Midget
Not quite up to the Algarve Historic festival that Dan enjoyed, but this free event provided me with an interesting diversion before I reached the splendours of Nice.
2009-10-23 19:03:17

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