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60 years of the Porsche 911 in the spotlight


AGENDA - Until January 22, chandelier and collector Régis Mathieu pays tribute to the queen of sports cars through an incredible line-up of 40 road and racing models.

Bringing together forty 911s that symbolize a career that spans six decades was a challenge.

Yet this is the challenge taken up by Régis Mathieu with the complicity of his son Arthur.

“It was last summer, on the boat that brought us back from Corsica, that we had the idea of ​​celebrating the sixty years of the 911. When the crossing arrived, we had drawn up an ideal list of models road and race.

In a way, the essentials.

Regis Mathieu

All that remained was to find them”, says the lustrier installed in the old ocher factories of Gargas, a few kilometers from Apt *.

A few phone calls seal the unthinkable.

The most beautiful sports pages

Inaugurated in mid-December, the exhibition, installed in new buildings of the family chandelier, is worth the trip.

It illustrates the words of Ferry Porsche, the founder of the brand that bears his name: "The 911 is the only car with which you can take part in an African safari, run the 24 Hours of Le Mans, go to the theater or even browse the streets of New York.

Apart from the absence of any reference to the African adventure, the retrospective borders on faultless with the presence of a few nuggets, such as the first 911 S from 1966 which was used for press photos with Ferry Porsche, but also the one of the prototypes of the famous 911 R from 1967, the first racing model of the line.

Brian Regnier

We hold our breath with the presence of the machines that wrote the most beautiful sporting pages of the 911: the sister car of the 2.1-litre turbo prototype ranked second in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1972, a 3-litre RSR in Martini colours, the 934 Gaban from Le Mans 1978, the 935 Interscope from Le Mans 1979. Further on, the whole family of Speedsters, RSs and Turbos are lined up.

Régis Mathieu has a sense of staging: the place can only be visited after dark so that each of the 40 chandeliers selected can be seen in the generous shapes of these mechanical beauties.

* Mathieu chandeliers.

432, road to Croagnes, 84400 Gargas.

Until January 22, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Free admission.

Source: lefigaro

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