THE MEETING OF THE CENTURY
The Citroën brand was launched on June 4, 1919 with the official presentation of the A-Type. In 2019, Automobiles Citroën will officially celebrate its 100th birthday. The brand will celebrate this centenary through various events throughout the year 2019. And it will also be an opportunity to bring together customers, collectors and enthusiasts with a special event : THE GATHERING OF THE CENTURY.
The event is organized by "Amicale Citroën & DS France *" in partnership with "L’Aventure Peugeot Citroën DS **", and actively supported by Automobiles Citroën. This time-limited meeting will be the convergence in a central single meeting point for all worldwide Citroen enthusiasts.
Located in La Ferté-Vidame, in Eure-et-Loir, the Meeting of the Century will be held in a highly historical location for Citroën. It is also a valuable place regarding logistics issues for many national and international participants.
The save-the-date in the agenda for the Meeting of the Century is July 19th, 20th and 21st, 2019.
The terms and conditions of registration and participation to the Meeting of the Century are now open on the website http://www.citroencc.com , in order to gather a maximum of Citroën vehicles, whatever their age and type.
The "Meeting of the Century" is officially included in the Citroën 2019’s plan of festivities. "It will have to be up to the ambitions that would have had André Citroën to celebrate the 100 years of its brand", states Alain Thuret, president of the Amicale Citroën and DS France. The taste for innovation and creative technology has always aroused enthusiasm among thousands, even millions of fans, who admire the progress made by Citroën in the automotive mobility sector. As thanks for their passion, the brand supports this gathering of the century, which will allow every enthusiast to meet and celebrate.
The realization of the event was entrusted to the Amicale Citroën & DS France which created the "Centenary Celebration Citroën" association, in charge of implementing this event with the active support of "L’Aventure Peugeot Citroën DS " throughout all its various aspects : program, organization, financing, communication and production.
The starting point of this ambitious project dates back to June 9, 2015 and was endorsed by "Amicale Citroën & DS France" via the official creation of the "Commission 100 ans" in February 2016. A video ad was first broadcast on August 13th, 2016 at the 16th ICCCR *** as a "save the date". If the echo of this event in France will go live through the "Amicale Citroën & DS France" which brings together about fifty clubs dedicated to the chevrons brand and more than 10 000 French collectors, the impact of this event on the international scene will be broadcasted by the "Amicale Citroën International" which counts in its ranks more than a thousand clubs dedicated to the Citroën brand and 70,000 collectors around the world.
La Ferté-Vidame: Indeed, back in 1938 Citroën decided to install its test track to develop and test its vehicles in this discreet village of Eure-et-Loir. Ideally located in Europe, the La Ferté-Vidame site offers many advantages in terms of space, but also bears historical connotations for collectors and amateurs of Citroën. In addition, various partnerships have been established between the municipality of La Ferté-Vidame, the PSA test track team located near the venue of the event, and the Eure-et-Loir department.
The dates of 19-20-21 July 2019 were quickly selected by Citroën brand and the Amicale Citroën & DS France. At the very heart of the summer of 2019, this period favorable to holidays and family travel allows the largest number of participants to register with their Citroën vehicle, or to spend a day or 2 with family or friends in a bucolic setting, to live a moment in the history of the double-chevron brand and to be present on the big family picture.
As exceptional as it may be by its magnitude, this event is also a family event, therefore registration fees remain low : € 100 for one vehicle and two people on board for the full event (three days) ; rates are valid for all registrations until November 12th, 2018. Details of the options are available on the dedicated website. It contains all the useful pieces of information, including accommodations in the surroundings, the campsite that will be installed especially for the event, the program of animations, or the merchants’ platform.
The site http://citroencc.com/ is in a "Responsive Design" mode and includes an electronic ticketing. It is bilingual French - English for the main pages, and in four languages for the registrations pages (F, GB, D and NL).
So let’s all amateur or Citroën fans meet on July 19th , 20th and 21st , 2019 in the park of La Ferté Vidame’s Castle !
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(*) Amicale Citroën & DS France is an Association gathering 50 French Citroën Owners Clubs
(**)The Peugeot Citroën DS adventure is an Association whose purpose is to preserve, develop, manage and promote the heritage of the PSA Group's brands in France and around the world.
(***) ICCCR : International Citroën Car Club Rallye, Citroën collectors international meeting, which takes place every 4 years on average.