Rosengart Vintage Cars.

Last Sunday we had a surprise visit from the L. Rosengart France Club who were in Daglan for a short pit stop. The first thing that I noticed when I looked out from our balcony was a lot of people rushing from their renovated cars towards the fountain in the Place de la Liberté for a quick wash and a drink from the tap behind the fountain, it was a very hot afternoon with a temperature in the middle thirties.

Club Rosengart

A brief history.

Lucien Rosengart (1881-1976) was a talented businessman and engineer who had a successful engineering business by 1905. In the middle of the 1920’s he saw an opportunity to develop a car business which became a success under the name of Rosengart. Development continued in the 1930’s and below are just a few of the cars that he produced.

A good view of the many cars in the Place de la Liberté in Daglan one hot Sunday afternoon.
 

You can probably see the progressive development of the car in the above picture.
 

One of our favourites.
 

It’s simply gorgeous.
 

Imagine these cars racing around the race track at Le Mans or Monte-Carlo.
 

One from the 1920’s.
 

I just could not miss out the American Gangster looking car of the 1930’s.
 
 

Va Va Voom.

For elegance, craftsmanship and sheer pleasure you can not beat a classic car. The purring of the engine and the smell of wood and leather all combine to the uniqueness of these cars.

As you can by now understand I love old cars, classic, veteran and vintage and to have a classic car show just across the road from your home, wow, it made my year.

They arrived in ones and twos, with only a few cars at first.

Then by late afternoon, oh my, what a wonderful display.
 

Magnificent Jaguar XK 140.
 

Extremely difficult to say which one was my favourite.
 

Citroen Traction Avanti
 

Gorgeous Singer made in 1950 and still a winner. For sale if you are interested. Oops sorry Elaine, it should read Singer Car but you are a gorgeous singer.
 

Just slightly bias, to me this was the best car of the Daglan Show, A Beetle Convertible.
 

An extremely well restored Triumph Spitfire 1500.
 

This stunning Mercedes SL280 also caught my eye.
 

“Come back next year guys”, I could have spent hours just looking at each individual car, just brilliant.
 
 
Events:-

Daglan 8 a Huit Supermarket is closed 23rd to 27 September inclusive

Castlenaud-la-Chapelle 21st and the 22nd September Heritage Day. Teaching warrior customs of the late Middle Ages. Open from 10.30 on the above dates.

Sarlat, Heritage Day 21st and 22nd September, the Salamander Challenge. Canoeing, hiking, orienteering and archery.
 
 

My Return to Daglan

But first a Cats Update

Good news, both of the stray cats who where poisoned last Monday are doing very well. It was a worry especially for one of the cats who we did not think would make it, thankfully she did. She is just gorgeous and Association Pirate are hopeful that they will find a home for her. The agony they both had to suffer this week was heart braking. Our vet thinks that it was very old snake poison that you can not buy now. The Cat Association are looking into it, we do not want more cats to suffer.

Now follows the blog that I intended writing last week but as you can imagine events happened that took precident.

My Return to Daglan

As we drove into Daglan on a sunny Saturday afternoon we were greeted by a display of the most amazing vintage cars.

Paul had collected me at Bergerac airport from my return flight from England. I had been travelling for over seven hours so I was feeling a little travel weary and low in spirit, I needed something to galvanise me once more. Admiring the cars and talking to friends in the village certainly did the trick.

This is my favourite. I can just imagine driving this car with a picnic hamper on the back to a gorgeous place by the river.
 

Bonny and Clyde or Al Capone springs to mind.
 

Josephine Baker kind of car. More diva than the other vintage cars.
 

Unsure what era this particular car dates from but it does remind me Elliot Ness.
 

Absolutely gorgeous.
 

A few of the owners who were dressed in the fashion of time that their vintage cars came from.
 
 

La Rue du temps qui passe…

Nouveau Perigord Noir.

Recently opened, a museum from the time period of 1860-1940. Originally it was a father and daughter who initiated the creation of a museum to showcase vintage cars. It has developed into streets lined with shops of every description as well as artisan workshops, a garage, a weaving mill and more from the above time period.

This is the start of the walk back in time.
 

At the end of the first street is this magnificent Rolland Pilain from 1924.
 

Wonder along the cobbled streets to peer through the windows where time has stood still.
 

Wow a Harley, Paul and I had to go back and have another look, still beautiful after 100 years.
 

Long ago people would push this cart around the streets shouting “Any knifes to sharpen.”
 

A boulangery.
 

The little post office
 

The cheese makers shop with all the equipment.
 

There are a many more shops than we have included above, visit time is recommended to be between one and one and a half hours, so well worth a visit or two. You can also buy a drink at the bar to enjoy in the little Parisian themed cafe.

The Museum has only been open for a couple of months and is to be found at Allas Les Mines just by the bridge that crosses the river Dordogne. The museum is open from April until November 10h-12h and 14h-18h except Wednesday and Thursday. During July and August opening is from 10h-18h, 7 days a week.

La Rue du temps qui passe…

If you are hungry, the Garbarrier is a rather nice restaurant with magnificent views overlooking the river Dordogne, it can be found across the car park from the museum.
 
 

Event:- Castlenaud October 28th and 29th from 10:00 until 16:00. A Medieval Garrison showing the deployment of men at arms, craftsmen, chamber maids and a demonstration of weapons and armour.

 
 

Operation Percy Pink

We had never heard about Operation Percy Pink until we visited Saint Cyprien market a week ago. We had just finished buying our produce and were on our way back to the car when we spotted a vintage car parked at the end of the main road.
Operation Percy Pink

We soon found out that Operation Percy Pink was the code name that was used by US Special Forces to parachute thirteen men into German occupied France in August 1944 to aid the local ‘Maquis’ resistance fighters in the Perigord Noir. These commandos were the first allied troops to be dropped into the Perigord Noir, their task was to prevent the Germans moving North for as long as possible to aid the D-Day landings. This they did for several weeks which helped shorten WW2.

To honour their bravery a documentary is being produced aimed at teaching students of all ages about these men and the French Resistance in the Perigord Noir. In the documentary you can see veterans of the Resistance fighters telling their story.

Percy Pink PosterBrave men indeed,
who punched holes in petrol tanks so that the Germans would not get the fuel, blow up railway bridges so troop trains fell in the river, set fire to and destroyed what they could and used what they found to help the local people in their resistance.
 

Percy Pink WitnessA witness in 1944 who saw the US parachute team in Cadouin.
 

US Special forces, Percy Pink CommandosThe US Commandos who took part in Operation Percy Pink.
 
Operation Percy Pink Trailer on YouTube

 
Events: 30 April, Cenac Flower Festival.