This year was the 10th anniversary of Fête Americaine (American Party) on the beach outside the small French town of Argelès-sur-Mer. French people, who love American culture, get together once a year to enjoy American music, dancing, food, shows, performances, motorcycles and cars. We’ve been there and have taken snapshots among cowboy hats, Elvis look-a-likes, pin-ups in 50s style, and of course American cars.
This is France – but today it looks like Florida.
Plymouth Super Special
Everything is kept in the 50’s style, even the pin-up on the quarter window.
What’s better than going to the beach in a VW Bus?
Bad Boy Beetle.
Hummer H3, also known as the Ladies’ Hummer.
Stylish logo, but far away from the original Humvee.
A very nice car: The Buick Sedanette.
The characteristic teeth of a 50’s Buick.
A hood ornament that could have been influenced by U.S. Air Force.
A Mustang is a true American symbol.
There were a lot of Ford Probes sold in Europe. Not my cup of tea…
Look at the Indian motorcycle that passes just in front of the sixties’ Beetle.
A late seventies’ T-bird.
A ’55 Chevy with toys in the grille.
Ford Mustang Shelby Cobra.
Une voiture de mes rêves.
This French Reanult 4CV from the late 50’s was probably the most popular car on the stand.
Looks like brand new inside.
A very clean engine. I didn’t like the red paint on the covers and the pulley, though.
With lots of patine. Still, the mechanics looked good.
Another American icon – the Chevy Corvette.
The long bonnet which reveals a big and powerful engine.
Unmistakeably a Corvette.
Matra Murenas (Simca/Talbot) from the late seventies are quite rare today, even though a total of 10,500 cars were made. Glasfibre body on galvanized steel frame.
It is just above 4 meters long and has 3 seats in front.
A french car, but looks like something that could have been designed in the U.S.
5 000 visitors on a gray saturday with a little rain.
Now, I’m really looking forward to a hot summer.