Last month, more than 120 classic Peugeots met up for the annual International Peugeot Meeting, held this year in the UK, near Southampton.
The cars all belonged to members of l’Aventure Peugeot, the Brand’s heritage arm with a fabulous Peugeot museum in Sochaux near Mulhouse, France. As well as Britain, owners and vehicles came from France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Italy. After gathering at the Macdonald Botley Park Hotel, Southampton, owners enjoyed chatting about, showing and sharing the huge variety of cars in the afternoon sun whilst enjoying a very traditional British cream tea.
The following day, they drove through the scenic New Forest to the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu. Here they displayed their cars to the general public whilst enjoying the varied exhibits on offer followed by a picnic in the grounds of the Museum.
Xavier Peugeot, Director of Product for the Peugeot Brand and President of l’Aventure Peugeot, believes classic models are a vital part of ensuring the Brand remains true to its heritage. He said: "I like looking backwards but only if we can use it for the future. The 402 Eclipse is a good example. It was very innovative when it was launched. It proved that Peugeot had a vision for the future very early on. I don’t know why it took us such a long time between doing the 402 Eclipse and the 206 Coupé Cabriolet! What I do know is that looking at our heritage can make us more credible and stronger."