Most Rétromobile regulars were united in proclaiming this year’s event on of the very best yet. Held in a new, larger single hall at the Porte de Versailles exhibition centre in the French capital, the 39th running of the event from 5-9 February featured diverse attractions including tributes to Alpine founder Jean Rédélé and Thierry Sabine, the inspirational creator of the Paris-Daker challenge; the dramatic coachbuilt cars of the Maharajas; Land Speed Record Titans; Lancia greats; and a poignant display marking 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War. The dramatic Great War-themed diorama took centre stage and was manned by enthusiasts in period battle dress. The convoy represented the ‘Sacred Road’ between Bar le Duc and Verdun, and featured a remarkable collection of trucks, early tanks, ambulances and Taxis de la Marne. The Alpine set was equally dramatic, with an amazing set of French Blue road, race and rally cars, while the star display of the Maharaja cars came, once again, from the collection of great show supporter Evert Louwman: the truly bizarre Brooke Swan car and it’s smaller electric twin, Cygnet, both built for the Maharaja of Nabha.