A fun way to discover the history of cars
The show, which takes place every weekend and on public holidays at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., presents 17 cars with character that are back in gear. They tell the tale of automotive adventures from 1870 to the present day by showing their history, the life of their designer, their technological advances and the development of mechanics.
The models follow on from each other on the exhibition track to the delight of both young and old: Ford Model T, Beetle, 2CV, 4CV, Bugatti type 40, Simca Chambord, Rolls-Royce, etc. Each car is paraded past the audience while its history and anecdotes are told. The parade around the arena will be presided over by Mr Loyal, who will guide visitors throughout the show. The cars will be driven around the arena in chronological order and star in short sketches.
A script by Jean-Marie Meshaka
The director, actor and scriptwriter Jean-Marie Meshaka has written the script for this show.
He invites visitors to the Cité de l'Automobile to discover or rediscover cars that shaped history over 3 major periods:
- The origins of the car and the advent of the engine from 1885 to 1905: visitors will learn about the transition from horse-drawn vehicles to the car with one of the first bicycles or the De Dion-Bouton. The evolution of mechanics is underway...
- The golden age of the car from 1905 to 1939: from the taxi that contributed to the Marne victory which liberated Paris to pre-war cars, these vehicles illustrate the development of shapes and manufacturing methods.
- The car for everyone from 1945 to 1970: after the Second World War, the car became an object for the masses and the undisputed emblem of the 20th century (the 2CV and the Beetle
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