The third annual Velaux Rétro car show
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The third annual Velaux Rétro car show

The town of Velaux, France, held its third annual car show last weekend. It was one of the first car local shows of the year which is risky because in April the weather can change for the worse with very little notice, as those who visited the much larger Avignon show found out. However, the … Continue reading

The 2014 Avignon Motor Festival
1950s / 1960s / 1970s / 1980s / 1990s / Alfa Romeo / Alpine / American / BMW / CG / Citroen / Dacia / East German / Facel Vega / Fiat / Ford / French / German / Honda / Italian / Japanese / Kamouh / Lancia / Ligier / Maserati / Matra / Mazda / Mercedes-Benz / NSU / Opel / Peugeot / Polish / Porsche / Renault / Renault-Alpine / Romanian / Simca / Swedish / Trabant / UNIC / Volkswagen / Volvo

The 2014 Avignon Motor Festival

We recently trekked up to the city of Avignon to attend the Motor Festival, an annual car show and swap meet that stands out as one of the biggest events of its kind in the region. It poured rain during most of the show but that didn’t stop enthusiasts from all over the south of … Continue reading

Color-coded advertising: White
1960s / 1970s / 1980s / 1990s / Alfa Romeo / Audi / BMW / Citroen / Fiat / French / German / Honda / Italian / Japanese / Lada / Lancia / Land Rover / Mazda / Mercedes-Benz / Peugeot / Polish / Polski-Fiat / Renault / Saab / Simca / Swedish / Toyota / Volkswagen / Volvo

Color-coded advertising: White

For decades, plain white was the de facto cheap paint job for just about any car regardless of size and body style. It often took the form of a plain coat of paint with no metallic effect and, in a lot of cases, no clearcoat in order to keep the overall cost of the car … Continue reading

Color-coded advertising: Orange
1960s / 1970s / 1980s / AMC / American / BMW / British / Citroen / Fiat / French / German / Italian / Lancia / Mercedes-Benz / MG / Porsche / Reliant / Renault / Russian / Simca / Volkswagen / ZAZ

Color-coded advertising: Orange

Paint colors that were popular in the 1960s and the 1970s are starting to make a comeback on new cars, but orange has largely been left out. It’s unfortunate: While most of us wouldn’t want our next car to be orange, the color makes a car stand out from the pack and helps buyers remember … Continue reading

Endangered species: Matra-Simca Rancho
1970s / 1980s / Endangered species / French / Matra / Simca / Talbot

Endangered species: Matra-Simca Rancho

There is a traditional recipe in France called “pain perdu,” a name that literally translates to “lost bread.”  In the old days, it helped families cook a last-minute meal by putting together common ingredients such as sugar, eggs, milk and generally stale bread.  The result is a slightly more elaborate version of toast. Continue reading

A look at vintage aftermarket accessories
1950s / Abarth / Citroen / French / Peugeot / Renault / Simca / Solex

A look at vintage aftermarket accessories

New cars are getting harder and harder to work on by shade tree mechanics so aftermarket equipment aimed at the average driver often consists of floor mats and car covers. However, a look at 60-year old magazines reveals that aftermarket companies offered a wide range of equipment that enabled owners to almost rebuild their car … Continue reading

The second annual Velaux Rétro car show
1950s / 1960s / 1970s / 1980s / Alpine / Autobianchi / British / Citroen / French / German / Italian / Mercedes-Benz / Mini / Opel / Panhard / Peugeot / Renault / Simca / Volkswagen

The second annual Velaux Rétro car show

The city of Velaux, France, held its second annual car show last weekend. It was one of the first car local shows of the year which is risky because in April the weather can change for the worse with very little notice. However, the sun stayed out and the organizers’ gamble seemingly paid off: The … Continue reading

The 34th annual Epoqu’Auto vintage car show
1950s / 1960s / 1970s / 1980s / 1990s / Alfa Romeo / American / Audi / BMW / British / Citroen / Facel Vega / Ferrari / Fiat / Ford / French / German / Honda / Italian / Japanese / Lancia / Mercedes-Benz / Motorcycles / Opel / Peugeot / Piaggio / Porsche / Renault / Rover / Simca / Swedish / Talbot / Teilhol / Volkswagen / Volvo

The 34th annual Epoqu’Auto vintage car show

The 34th annual Epoqu’Auto vintage car show took place last weekend outside of Lyon in the Rhône department of France. There are many smaller car shows and gatherings in the area but Epoqu’Auto is said to be the largest event of its kind by a long shot so, rain and wind be damned, we drove … Continue reading