Driving through Paris aboard an old car in 2020

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Published by My B. · Published on 30 August 2020 at 09h10 · Updated on 30 August 2020 at 09h19
On Sunday August 30, 2020 you can visit Paris aboard an old car thanks to an event called "La Traversée de Paris en Ancienne". Over 700 cars are brought together for a beautiful event and you don't want to miss it!

The Taversée de Paris en Anciennes is one of the biggest events in Paris for old car amateurs. Because of Covid-19, the Summer Traversée de Paris traditionally taking place in late July or early August has exceptionally been delayed to August 30. For a morning, Paris streets are enlivened with old cars, motorbikes, bicycles, tractors, buses, light goods vehicles for a crazy ride from Vincennes to Meudon.

This Sunday August 30 2020, the Traversée de Paris en Anciennes will leave for a tour that will be unveiled the very morning. For the event, the association privileged simplicity with a rather short and direct route that will not go through Montmartre, but along the Seine to combine the charm of the French capital and cars over thirty years olds. After months of lockdown, this will be the occasion to see some of the most iconic monuments: Notre-Dame, the Eiffel Tower, or the Arc de Triomphe.

The Traversée de Paris is the occasion to highlight this driving heritage so eclectic and so rich, represented by vehicles from all countries and brands - some no longer exist. Whether you are a collector or not, this is the opportunity to enjoy a travel back in time with these cars who crossed the years.

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Moreover, this unique ride also provides a festive picnic. As a matter of fact, the parade provides you with a picnic stop on the Terrasse de l’Observatoire de Meudon. From noon, doors of the terrace of the observatory will open and the cars will gather.

Everyone is welcome (without their cars but with their picnics) in a festive atmosphere to enjoy this open-air exhibition. An exhibitor village - mostly including professionals specialized in period cars - will provide many services.

Some pictures:

Vincennes en Anciennes works really hard in the charity field all year around. For this summer event, they chose to support the Fondation pour la Recherche Médicale sponsored by Thierry Lhermitte, Nagui, Marc Levy, and Marina Carrère d'Encausse.
For any charged registration, €5 will be given to the foundation.
The UNIVEM will provide Half Track and military vehicles first-times in Meudon (€5 per person), also donated to the foundation.

Note that for each Traversée, double-decker buses from the 30's are available for the public (reservation required, limited number of places – €10). Barrier gestures will be implemented, but it will not prevent us from fully enjoying this atypical and vintage event.

Nostalgia is just around the corner, joy and surprise are on everyone’s faces. Crews and spectators share a complete moment of complicity…

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
On 30 August 2020



    1 Avenue de Paris
    94300 Vincennes


    Recommended age
    For all

    Official website


    More informations
    Départ des voitures à partir de 8h parvis sud du Château de Vincennes - Arrivée : à partir de 12h sur la Terrasse de
    l’Observatoire de Meudon.
    Exposition des voitures à Meudon jusqu’à 15/16h.
    Baptêmes en véhicule militaire pour la Fondation pour la Recherche Médicale : 5 €/personne
    Départ des bus de Vincennes à 8h15 - Retour de Meudon à 16h. Prix : 10 €/personne (dans la limite des places

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