Tuesday, April 9, 2013


March is usually synonymous with the return of the sun, and after a foggy and a rainy previous editions, this month's one was to be expected.

And it didn't deceive. The sun was bright, there was no wind, the convertibles were out. Even if, well, they didn't drop their top.

Even this Boxster Spyder rode with its distinctive top on.

The regulars were present.

Along with some  new cars. Check out this Renault 5 Turbo 2, which look almost as wide as it's long.

The reenactment Jeep came  back with two friends, fully geared for an assault on Normandy beaches.

Their owners pushed it to the max, as they were also wearing period-correct clothes and gear.

This is one of the latest Alpine A110 ever built, since it rolled out of the factory in the very last month of its production.

This Porsche 356 was as clean as ever.

And was joined by a brand-new 991 Carrera 4S.

This Maserati Granturismo S was applauded as being one of the nicest cars of the day. Its body looks gorgeous from every angle.

Much more simple was the wedge-shaped Corvette C4. This is maybe not the fastest, but it's my favorite generation by far.

This Lotus 2-Eleven is looking quite fast by comparison.

The Lamborghini Espada was back. It's stunning how this is low and flat. The rear window lays almost horizontal, with a thin vertical window at the extreme back, just like a Honda CRX.

The twelve-cylinder, six double-carbed engine speak for itself. A true piece of mechanical beauty.

Way higher, and miles slower, is this Talbot-Matra Rancho. Built in the early 1980s, it prefigured the SUV market as we know it today. Despite its look, it remain a front-wheel-drive car, with an engine  and running gear borrowed from a Simca 1100.

As the parking cleared in the early afternoon, I headed with some of my friends to a swap meet in Ancenis.

Where I spotted this wide as hell Porsche 930 Turbo which was about to leave.

Since the good deals are usually done early in the morning, all was left was a huge collection of oil cans, and parts rusted to the core.

Unfortunately, crossing the Loire river meant catching up with the rain, and we were soon drenched. While running to my car, I just happened to spot this dark green Ferrari 456GT.