For President Jean-René Douchet and the entire organizing team of the "Les Ricaines du Var" association, yesterday was first and foremost synonymous with relief. " This is the 21st edition, so the event has seen others, and has overcome many vicissitudes … But until D-Day, between the health crisis, the weather, the various hazards, it is always stressful… We are therefore satisfied to see that everything is going well this Saturday. And we are waiting for an even better Sunday, with the sun! "
If the mask is mandatory, the umbrella was optional this Saturday. But the few showers did little to slow visitors down or the proud owners of these sometimes legendary vehicles in automotive history.
" We are the third largest gathering of American cars in France », Explains Jean-René Douchet. " In the world of enthusiasts, our fame is well anchored… Perhaps because here, the owners of US cars do not pay registrations, and even on the contrary receive small souvenirs – commemorative plaque, t-shirt – for their coming. "
Every year, on the two days, " in all, 4 to 500 American cars pass through our event, and are admired by 3 to 4,000 visitors ".
As some of the vehicles on display are on sale, the most enticed curious might well get back behind the wheel, for example, of a magnificent Ford Mustang V8 from 1967, for an investment of 32,500 euros …