Why would AROnline visit a Citroën meeting in the south of the Netherlands? Well, for one, we love cars – all of them. And the French certainly built some of the most interesting ones of all times. But the interested reader of these pages will certainly know that, as a consequence of Chrysler buying both Simca and Rootes, quite a few Ryton-designed and engineered cars went on sale across Europe wearing the Simca, Chrysler or, latterly, Talbot badges.
Words and photography: Alexander Boucke
So here we are, in the blazing autumn sun, surrounded by about 150 cars on the main station of the South Limburg steam railway (ZLSM). The setting is a rather beautiful one, and those who never have been to South Limburg certainly are encouraged to spend a couple of days in the area. The annual event is always held on the last Sunday in September, this year for the second time on the site of the railway museum.
And indeed, we were not to be disappointed: while the once very popular Simca 1308 (known as the Alpine in the UK) was completely absent, as was the Horizon, there were no less than three Talbot Tagoras as well as two Talbot Solaras to be seen.
The Tagora’s styling has certainly aged well, but when seeing it in close proximity to the in-house rival, the Citroën CX, it is also easy to see why it failed to aspire as a luxury motor.
Other notable cars at the show included a Citroën M35, a little Coupé featuring a Wankel engine and Hydropneumatic suspension based on the Ami 8, a Matra Rancho Decouvrable, a Matra Bagheera and several Murenas.
We hope you enjoy the somewhat Citroën-heavy gallery, we certainly enjoyed an excellent day out!