Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The ALL FRENCH CAR SHOW

When I was just a child of Primary School age, my father bought a 1937 Citroen Traction Avant. I remember well being in the back seat driving with my Grandfather whom Dad passed the car to. It was a Slough built model with leather, wood and wire wheels. That very early model had a canvas insert to the roof rather than all steel.

When I turned 18, my father helped to buy my first car, a 1960s baby blue Renault Dauphine. My second car was my first Citroen Traction Avant - maybe a 1951 from memory. Another 4 to 5 followed on over the years.

Other cars of French origin followed - Peugeots 505 GTI, 2 307s, and now our very first brand new, out of the showroom Peugeot 2008 SUV. Citroens still take up space with the GS wagon, Celeste, our 49 Traction plus the Xantia and the C4.

A Renault 16 was in there during the late 70s. Both British (MGs/Triumph/Mini) and Italian (Alfa Romeo) cars have at times filled our garage and driveway.

So I guess we've always leaned towards the French cars hence the reason for taking a trip to Williamstown to take in the All French Car Show on Sunday.

I'll share the experience with you with the following photos and short description.

CITROENS
The DS Safari is always a fave of mine as well.
The number plate say's BIG 6H. Its because it was a forerunner of the DS and had self levelling rear suspension.

This Light 15 Citroen was fitted with the DS cross flow motor and 4 speed gearbox.

 RENAULTS
This Renault Caravelle in white was rather gorgeous.
The Renault 16 was the most practical car I have owned. A great cruiser with plenty of space to transport belongings when shifting house.
Never owned a Renault 8 or even the R10 but loved their quirky shape.

Now a Renault 750 would quite easily slip in a corner of the garage.

Renault Gordini, where my first car was the standard Dauphine.

The Alpine is Sue's favourite.
 SIMCA


 DELAGE


 PEUGEOTS
This Peugeot is of the same era as our Citroen Traction Avant, although a bit more modern in shape.



What really did capture my imagination was this beautifully restored Citroen GS Break or wagon.



Hopefully we move on from cars on the next post (but they are a passion of ours) to more about the house build, the local area and food that Sue cooks.

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    1. It was a good day as we really do like quirky French cars.

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