French racing greats appear in Luxembourg

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A number of historic French racing cars were displayed in Luxembourg for the Grand Duchy's 17th International Motor Show, which took place from 12-14 December.

More than 25,000 visitors turned out to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Matra, with the company's Romorantin-based museum temporarily transported to the LuxExpo Kirchberg show halls for the duration of the event.

A number of Matra's most successful racing cars were put on display, including the 1972 Le Mans-winning MS670. The famous car was shown alongside a 1967 MS630 and a 1965 MS610, known as the Coupe Napoleon.

Also drawing a great deal of attention was the 1969 MS80 in which Jackie Stewart secured five GP victories and the first of his three Formula 1 World Drivers' Championships.

There was much to see beyond the competition cars, with a 530 Vignale proving particularly popular. The car was also on loan from the museum and, being of Italian design, was finished in Turin red rather than Matra blue. 

Leading Lithuanian collector Saulius Karosas made the journey to Luxembourg with a selection of his pre-war treasures. The group was headed by an impressive 1924 Hispano-Suiza H6B Torpedo, which is powered by a 6.5-litre, six-cylinder engine.

Formula 1 veteran Arturo Merzario was on hand to share stories from his racing days, as well as signing autographs for local fans. 

 

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