Ventabren Rétro Passion, a burgeoning car club that hails from a small village outside of Aix-en-Provence, France, held its second annual car show and swap meet last weekend. Unlike the Avignon Auto-Moto Retro show that took place at the same time, the show in Ventabren was informal and fairly small; there was no entry fee and the show-goers mostly came from neighboring towns.
Much to our surprise we came upon an old acquaintance before even finding a parking spot: a 1974 Alfa Romeo GTV that sat under a tree near the top of Ventabren for about a decade before mysteriously disappearing. Plastered with several “for sale” signs, the car looked noticeably cleaner than the last time we saw it but there is no way to hide the thick layer of rust that hides under the shiny red paint. Still, it’s worth restoring and we hope it goes to a good home.
We showed up a little late so it’s hard to say which car we’d give best in show to. However, judging by the cars that were still on display late Sunday afternoon, we’d have to say our personal favorite was an Opel Diplomat, a massive American-style four-door sedan that we have never seen at a car show before.
Other notable cars on display included a clean Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint, a 1991 Lancia Delta HF Integrale, a rare Citroën Visa 1000 Pistes and a Renault Sport Spider.
About a third of the photos we took at the show are in the gallery below. As always we’ve resized them for the sake of space but shoot us an email if you want high-res shots.