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All French Car Day

Fellow Citroen (& French Cars) friends
The AFCD last Sunday was held at the McLaren Vale Visitors Center and hosted by Vale Crue Wineries a group of 5 vinyards that use the center as their Cellar Door. I must thank Steve & Sadie Gomer for the move to McLaren Vale.

What a fantastic venue it turned out to be. The weather was perfect and the venue exceeded our expectations.
The variety of Cars presented were exceptional and the conditions of some of them were even better. This year with the addition of two extra classes including the Concourse de Elegance the day went without a hitch.

The live Band of “melange a trio” also provided a different atmosphere with their eclectic French songs.
The Visitor center along with the Crepes from Crepe City providing a good option for those of us who didn’t bring a picnic lunch.
Those of you who brought a picnic lunch were provided with a beautiful area to consume your lunch.
We had the Mayor of McLaren Vale Erin Thompson presenting the trophies and a local identity Tony Parkinson come along to judge the
concours d’Elegance . He brought along his brand new Renault Alpine which very quickly took pride of place.
Overall the venue proved to be exactly what we need although if we had another 10 or 20 cars it would have been very tight.

So the important part of the day Prize Winners were

Best Early Model Doug & Gillian Gordon’s AmilCar Grand Sport

Best Early Classic Colin Redmond Renault 4cv

Best Late Classic Colin Cooter Citroen SM
(Note, Colin’s SM won second place overall at the
recently conduct Motorclassica exhibition in
Melbourne)

Best Classic 1966 -1986 Paul Cox Citroen 2cv

Best Modern 1986 – 2000 Chris Mobbs Peugeot 305 GTI

Best Modern 2000 -present Tim & Janette Nicholls Renault Clio Rs200

Peoples Choice Don Tamblyn 1909 Renault AX

One reasonably funny twist the organizers decided to award a prize for the best dressed in French Style and by overwhelming vote Colin Redmond with his Garlic necklace won by smell.

Last but not least trophies were presented to the last 5 years winners of the Peoples Choice award with a small memento.

2018 John Beswick Citroen 2cv
2017 Sadie Gomer Peugeot 504
2016 Glen Pauley Renault 4 cv
2015 David Gilbert Citroen Light 15
2014 Keena Ranford Renault Fiego (absent)

The View from the top

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The winners are

100 years and going strong

The recently conducted 100 year celebrations were a fabulous gathering of Citroens “old & new”. The gathering consisted of old marques and new models was a sight for us Citroen fans to just have a great day.
The final count of 52 cars definitely surprised us and we would love to see them all at the upcoming All French Day at McLaren Vale on Sunday 20th October.

Many thanks to Colin Carati and Matt Cottrell from CCSA for the organising of the day and to Gerry Collella from CCSA and David Maillard for the photographs.
Also a great big thanks to John Beswick for his amazing powers of persuasion in convincing the Park staff that we could take our cars onto the oval for the Oval Picture.

A few selected photos from the day for your enjoyment and if any one would like the full set just leave me a reply via the website.

The great picture we waited for.