The Peugeot 504 celebrated its fiftieth birthday on 16 September last in a leafy setting around Jachthuis Beukenrode in Doorn. Together with the Peugeot Club Nederland and Peugeot Nederland, the 504 Register organized an event at which a small number of 300 visitors brought 120 cars to the Utrechtse Heuvelrug. The longest built car in the history of Peugeot (38 year) was represented by almost all available (European) saloon and break variants, a single Pick-Up and the so beautiful coupé and convertible models from Pininfarina. The whole was flanked by other Peugeot models from days gone by. Beautiful!
Peugeot Club Nederland and Peugeot Nederland have a good relationship with each other. This was not only evident on that peaceful Sunday afternoon in Doorn and the surrounding area. Peugeot people like Martijn Klok, Freek Aberson and Leen Roozeboom had the affairs perfectly arranged. Together with Ellis Blase and Rick Hermans from Peugeot Nederland they arranged an event that was taken care of to perfection. The long and thorough preparation came to fruition in pleasant autumn conditions.
Heritage, present, future
There was a select group of press representatives in Doorn. They were given the opportunity to ride the old Peugeot 504 and, as a first, in the Netherlands with the new 508. Peugeots' heritage was thus linked to the present and future of the French brand. You have now been able to read our experiences about the ride, which coincided with the tour over the Utrechtse Heuvelrug.
The excellently organized anniversary took place within an atmosphere of respect and civilization. A concours d'élégance would have been obvious, but the organization decided not to opt for the pleasant change. The organizers promoted the atmosphere of like-mindedness in Doorn, a great choice. It suited the birthday boy 504. It was regularly changed during its long life without losing its always subtle individuality. The jubilee was more than enough for the fifty-year-old 504 - which offered so much space for attractive model variants. The Peugeot 504 community could not have given the birthday to a more worthy birthday. That's the way it's supposed to be. It was brilliant. Chapeau!
In Auto Motor Klassiek 11-2018 you can read more about this beautiful day, and unique photos by Pieter Fokkema are placed with the article. The photos in the gallery were made by Erik van Putten.