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Deauville Vintage Car Rally 2010: French cars with Va Va Voom

September 7, 2010 12:09 pm
posted by Sarah

Vintage French Cars with Va Va Voom

With the annual Paris – Deauville rally coming up in October we’ve started feeling all nostalgic about classic cars of yesteryear.  This year the dates for the Deauville Car Rally are from 1st-3rd October 2010.

If ever a nation has injected romance and elegance into their cars it is the French.  From the Bugatti Grand Prix Racer to the Renault Sedan, ‘L’automobile’ has had a triumphant and rich history on Gallic shores.

So grab your goggles, buff your bonnets and prepare to be inspired.


Let’s all go to Deauville

Regarded as the “queen of the Norman beaches” and one of the most glamorous and prestigious beach resorts in France, Deauville has been a fashionable holiday resort for the international upper classes since the 19th Century.

Today it’s the home to the Deauville-La Touques Racecourse (and sits at the heart of the premier horse breeding region in France), as well as the International American Film Festival, which takes place in September each year.

Started in 1967, the Paris to Deauville rally aims to recall the spirit of the “roaring twenties”, when lovers of elegance flocked to this charming watering hole.


Places to stay for Deauville Car Rally

Prices for a long weekend at Deauville Golf Resort start from only €258 for a studio apartment sleeping four people in during the rally from 30th September- 3rd October 2010.

What’s on at Deauville Car Rally

During the rally weekend you can expect to drool over the likes of the Citroen CV Torpedo and the Bugatti 35C Grand Prix.


Headscarves essential, goggles de-rigueur, beards optional.

Citroen really is one of the grand daddies of automobiles.  Founded in 1919 by André Citroën, it was the first mass-production car company outside of the USA.  Within eight years Citroën had become Europe’s largest car manufacturer, and the fourth largest in the world.   Producers of the world’s first mass produced front wheel drive car (gotta love them), the Citroën boys earned a reputation for innovation and revolutionary engineering.


Forget the 2CV, if Citroën were to be remembered for one model only it should surely be the DS with its curious yet compelling self-levelling suspension and super-stylish look (and we’ll forgive and gloss over the Xantia).


Say the word Bugatti and you immediately conjure up another era, one of fast cars, fast living and derring do.  Legendary for producing some of the most exclusive cars in the world, the company was founded by an Italian immigrant, Ettore Bugatti.  And although the brand itself has long since turned to rust, the name will live on (not least in part thanks to Volkswagen who are now producing limited production sports cars under the Bugatti name).


Think Renault, think Nicole.  How’s this for passion and intrigue – The 4CV was originally conceived and designed covertly by Renault engineers during the German occupation of France in WWII, when the manufacturer was under strict orders to design and produce only commercial and military vehicles.  An economical “people’s car” inspired by the Volkswagen Beetle, it was the first French car to sell over a million units.  Vive la revolution!


Last and by no means least we pay homage to Peugeot.  The Peugeot family tree can be traced back to 1810 although the lion trademark didn’t come into being until 1858 and the first Peugeot car didn’t hit the streets until 1891. This feisty auto is loved by everyone from Colombo (who drove a 403 convertible in the TV series, to Mark Gené).



The ‘Classic Peugeot’ award goes to the 403 and 404 models.





Where can I get more of these beauties?

The Paris to Deauville Rally isn’t the only place you can get an eyeful of these driving delights.

The snappily titled Cité de l’Automobile, Musée national de l’automobile or the National Automobile Museum is the place to head to indulge your Bugatti passion, describing itself as “being to cars what the Louvre is to art”.  Fritz Schlumpf was a wealthy French industrialist who, along with his brother, Hans, spent the post war years collecting classic cars.  In the summer of 1960 they acquired ten Bugattis, including two Type 57s and one Type 46 5-litre model, three Rolls-Royces, two Hispano Suizas and one Tatra.  By the end of the summer, they had purchased a total of 40 cars.  In 1965 Fritz transformed one of his mills at Mulhouse in Alsace into a restoration shop.  Today the Schlumpf Collection here houses 437 cars, representing numerous famous carmakers as well as Bugatti.

You can also visit the Car Museum at Loheac in Brittany, Le Manoir d’Automobile, housing over 400 vintage cars from the likes of Renault, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bugatti, Bentley, Jaguar, Porsche and more.

If you’re looking for more than a museum, The Peugeot Museum of Adventure at Sochaux in the Franche-Comté region of eastern France claims to offer just that, a celebration of the heritage of a family and firm.

Finally, no automobile pilgrimage would be complete without a visit to the racetrack and car museum. Le Mans in the Loirewhere the world-renowned 24 Heures du Mans car race takes place each year in mid-June.  The first big race at Le Mans was the Grand Prix de l’Automobile Club de l’Ouest in 1906, initiated by the newly formed automobile club.  The museum documents the early history of car racing, “automobile anatomy and automated assembly”.

Accommodation for the Deauville Car Rally

Pierre & Vacances still have a small selection of accommodation available for the Deauville Car Rally. Find our remaining availability on the Deauville Page on

Make a week of it and explore the local area of Deauville . Stay at the new Pierre & Vacances Premium Residence & Spa Normandy in Houlgate which opened in 2010 and offers a luxury self-catering base for those wishing to explore the local region. Looking over Deauville Bay, there is  also a spa and outdoor heated pool on-site allowing guests to relax after a busy day.