Beaulieu celebrates Gallic motoring


Beaulieu’s inaugural Simply French event attracted more than 200 cross-Channel vehicles to the National Motor Museum on 8 July.

Visitors voted in the Peoples’ Choice awards, with a Facel Vega HK500 coming out on top. Bob Robinson has owned the V8-powered coupé for 15 years.

Runner-up spot went to a Panhard 24. Powered by a two-cylinder air-cooled engine, the car is owned by Mr Kemp from Alton.

Both prize winners then took part in a 15-car cavalcade reserved for the most popular exhibits.

Simply French is part of a growing calendar of rallies that are being held at the New Forest venue under the 'Simply' banner, to find out more visit Beaulieu’s website.   


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If anyone is in need of a restorer for the very original painted wood effect on the Facel Vega cars I specialise in both woodwork restoration and painted wood effect and I'm now the only restorer known in France who knows how to create the orginal Facel style.

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Chris Martin

Any excuse for another Facel Vega photo is fine by me. Keep 'em coming.
But nobody answered my previous post a couple of months back and I would be curious to know, was that delightful village to be pronounced the French version of 'Bowliou' rather than the English 'Bewlee' for te Gallic weekend?
Pourquoi pas?

Chris M.



My dad worked for Intercontinental Cars for a number of years and as kids we loved being driven in the HK500 he restored.




My dad used to work for Intercontinental Cars the Facel Importers and as a kid we used to love being driven in the HK500 dad restored. If Io upload pic I would post a few.




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