French classics make a splash at Lake Madine


Dozens of French classics lined the banks of Lake Madine from 13-14 June for the 30th anniversary of the Lac de Madine meeting, which takes place every year near the city of Metz. 

The event is little known beyond the Meuse and Moselle regions of northern France, though it still managed to draw entrants from as far afield as Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Italy, and even the UK, which was represented by a 1985 TVR 280i Tasmin. 

The lion’s share of the classics were French, with countless varieties of Citroën, Renault, Simca, Panhard and Alpine descending upon the lakeside. The highlights included a 1955 Facel Vega, a Facel-built ’54 Simca Aronde 1300 and a Citroën M35, which belonged to a Dutch visitor. The M35 was one of just 267 built from 1969-’71, and was powered by a Wankel rotary engine. 

Also drawing a great deal of attention was a 1951 Panhard Dyna X86 cabriolet, a 1938 Rosengart LR 539 SuperTraction cabriolet, a 1967 Sabra ST4878 and a 1934 Lagonda M45. 



Good to see my old LAGONDA M45 is alive and looking well, it is a long way from Vancouver, BC.Canada to France via England.

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