The Amilcar was first manufactured in France in 1920, with various models produced and entered into races and hill climbs throughout the period. But when the public demanded more comfort from their cars, the market collapsed and the Amilcar factory was forced to close in 1934.
Over 20 years later, the Amilcar Salmson Register was founded at Silverstone in 1955 by a group of Amilcar enthusiasts with the main aim of the group to ensure the continuation of the marque and assist with maintenance and spares. The first register listed 29 cars, many of which are still registered over 60 years later, along with some of the founding members.
The register is open to owners of Amilcar, Salmson and other light French cars from before 1930. It runs three annual social gatherings per year, a spring and autumn social gathering, and its revered annual gathering at Vintage Prescott under the Oak Tree. It currently has over 300 members worldwide, as well as housing an extensive archive on the history of Amilcar, including race results and factory figures.
Already, the marque has begun to build a heritage with the Chateau Impney event. At the 2015 Hill Climb, Tom Walker triumphed in Class 9 in his Amilcar Hispano Special, while two other Amilcars lined up to test their mettle on the newly devised course.
Keep an eye on the Hill Climb blog and social media channels for news and events from the Amilcar Salmson Register as we head towards the 2016 event.