Monday 26 July 2021
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Update of 17 May 2021:  Despite having had to cancel the 2020 Caux Retro event because of the Covid-19 pandemic and despite the ongoing 2021 restrictions in both the UK and in France we are still hoping that the 2021 event will take place.  The team is awaiting a decision from the Préfecture as to exactly what will be permitted, if anything.  Hence, at the moment it is expected that, if the event takes place, it will be in a different and reduced, format - possibly a one-day event with a rural run and no specific viewing of the cars by the general public.  However the hopes of the Caux Retro taking place diminish every day.  Also, travel from the UK to France is still not permitted. 

Update of 27 May:  The French government has just announced that British travellers arriving in France must quarantine; hence obviously British participation in 2021 is impossible.

Update of 28 May:  For the second year in a row we are not able to meet each other during our Caux Retro rally, foreseen for the 3rd and 4th July.  The new French government health directives have reduced to nothing the hope that we could see each other again, even for a rally reduced in size and format.  I well understand that a ten-day quarantine is not compatible with a short stay in France and that you would not want to come to France to spend ten days in quarantine.  It would not be worth while!  Please believe me that the whole team very much regrets not being able to welcome you in 2021, as was the case last year, and not being able to share our wonderful rally with you.  Above all we hope that the 2022 Caux Retro can take place normally in July.  Keep safe, cordially, Roger Devaux, Jean Paul Levieux and the team of organisers.  

In the Caux area, within the département of Seine-Maritime, not far from the Normandy coast, our adventure, the Caux Rétro, began in 1995; it was something new that had not previously existed in the area – we thought that our heritage of old cars needed to be recognized.

The Caux Rétro takes place every year, the weekend that includes the first Sunday of July, for the benefit of participants as well as the public. Hats off to all those of you who maintain, drive and present to the public these marvellous vehicles.

Every year we are delighted to welcome many participants; of course the French are always faithful participants, as also are our British, Czech, Slovak and Belgian friends who, from early-January, submit their entry forms. Equally, more and more motorcycle, commercial vehicle and tractor enthusiasts come each year. The spirit of the event is that there is no competiveness or official ranking and that friendliness and conviviality prevails.

Our great pleasure is to welcome as many vehicles as possible – whether French or from other countries - that have not before been presented to the public; the diversity and rarity of the vehicles that we welcome is important for the visitors who come and look with wonder at these vehicles.  But, above all, that which we look for at Allouville-Bellefosse is conviviality, the pleasure of meeting old friends, the possibility to advise others and the presentation of vehicles to the public.

As in previous years the 2019 Caux Retro was a great success for both particpants and members of the public.  There were more than 200 vehicles, mostly cars but also trucks, tractors, motorcycles and cycles. 

The 2021 Caux Retro, the 26th, will take place on 03 and 04 July 2021; the 2021 entry form and associated documents can be downloaded from the Participation page of this website.  We hope to see you soon!

As Allouville-Bellefosse is only 53km from Le Havre and 60km from Dieppe, participants may well choose to take one of the following ferries:

>  Newhaven - Dieppe operated by DFDS.  Participants who are 60 or more can benefit from a 20% reduction; however this concession is only available if the reservation is made by telephone - tel 0800 917 1201.

>  Portsmouth - Le Havre operated by Britanny Ferries.

The following accommodation may be of interest:

>  Hôtel Le Normandie, Caudebec-en-Caux; a small family-run hotel with most rooms facing the river.  There is a private, but not secure, car park behind the hotel.

>  Hôtel Normatel, Caudebec-en-Caux; another river-front hotel.  There is secure private parking.

>  Hôtel La Croisière, Louvetot (between Allouville-Bellefosse and Caudebec-en-Caux).  Large car park but not secure.

>  Hôtel de la Seine, La Fresnaye (near Lillebonne); newly renovated.  Large car park but not secure.

>  Hotel B&B, Yvetôt, (near Allouville-Bellefosse).  Large car park but not secure.

>  B&B:  The Duck House, St-Wandrille-Rançon (close to Caudebec-en-Caux).Car parking is reasonably secure.

>  B&B:  Château du Verbosc, Chemin du Verbosc, Touffreville-la-Corbeline (east of Allouville-Bellefosse.  Car parking is reasonably secure.

Note that there are several restaurants in Caudebec-en-Caux.

For further information click here (English) or here (French) to email us.
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