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North Norfolk classic car festival to showcase 'eccentric and innovative' French vehicles

PUBLISHED: 16:27 04 June 2019 | UPDATED: 16:27 04 June 2019

Antoinette Ford with her 1938 Pontiac, one of the vehicles on show at the Reepham Classic Car Festival. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Antoinette Ford with her 1938 Pontiac, one of the vehicles on show at the Reepham Classic Car Festival. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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Organisers of a popular north Norfolk car and bike festival are getting set to celebrate the best of classic French vehicle design at this year's event.

Tim Bishop with his 1961 C1 Corvette on show at the Reepham Classic Car Festival. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYTim Bishop with his 1961 C1 Corvette on show at the Reepham Classic Car Festival. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The Reepham Classic Car and Bike Festival will be held later this year and see over a hundred classic vehicles gather on display in the town's historic marketplace.

And this year's theme, which will mark the event's sixth year, will focus on classic designs from French manufacturers, with more than half of the cars and bikes on show dedicated to the theme: Vive l'Entente Cordiale.

A spokesperson for the festival said: "This year we celebrate Les Automobiles Francaises.

"We will be focusing on French classics to feature the glorious history of these sometimes eccentric, but always innovative, vehicles.

A 1967 Amphicar 770, factory produced in Germany, one of the vehicles on show at the Reepham Classic Car Festival. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYA 1967 Amphicar 770, factory produced in Germany, one of the vehicles on show at the Reepham Classic Car Festival. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

"French manufacturers have a tradition of developing distinctive designs for mass manufacture.

"The Citroen 2CV and DS, Renault 16 and 5, Peugeot 404, and Simca 1000 are well loved examples and there were more exotic and rare cars too, such as models from Bugatti, Delahaye and the Facel Vega.

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"While the French motorcycle industry never achieved the success of rivals from Germany, Britain, and Italy, it developed the iconic Velosolex, 'the one with the engine mounted on top of the front wheel'."

Barry Smith with his 1968 Ford Mustang at the Reepham Classic Car and Bike Festival. Picture: STUART ANDERSONBarry Smith with his 1968 Ford Mustang at the Reepham Classic Car and Bike Festival. Picture: STUART ANDERSON

The classic car festival will take place in Reepham on Sunday, September 29, from 11am to 4pm.

A spokesperson added: "The event has become one of Norfolk's most successful and attractively located shows."

Exhibitors are invited to join the line-up of the county's finest classic cars and bikes, or to attend as a visitor and stroll through a slice of motoring history.

There will be music in the Kings Arms courtyard, and French-themed food and drink available in The Dial House and in and around the Market Square.

The event is free to the public and has become one of the highlights of the year for classic car fans and local families alike.

To register a car, bike or club for the event, attendees are asked to contact Hugh or Peter via email at reephamclassic2019@outlook.com or by phone on 01603 871102.

Once accepted, a numbered pass will be sent as confirmation that a place has been reserved for you.

Due to the increasing popularity of the event each exhibitor must display the pass in the windscreen to gain access on the day.

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