Just a few days ago, the 16th International Citroën Car Clubs Rally / Citroën World Meeting 2016 took place in Middachten near Arnhem. This has been the third ICCCR held in the Netherlands, after Breda (1981) and Flevohof (1989). Many thousand visitors came together to celebrate the history and present of Citroën and DS vehicles and enjoyed a great weekend amongst friends and enthusiasts. The agenda of this “ACI Event Of The Year” was packed with many on-site activities for young and old, family and kids, journalists and media, tourists and other participants visiting the area.
The first published key figures are stunning – to mention a few:
>> ca. 11.000 paying visitors
>> max day visits: ca. 14.500 visitors, aggregated over all days almost 45.000 people (ca. 9.000 (Thu) + ca. 11.000 (Fri) + ca. 14.500 (Sat) + ca. 11.000 (Sun))
>> ca. 5.000 registered Citroën vehicles plus a large number of day visitors which did not register – yet all parking areas were packed
>> registered participants from 28 EU and 5 non-EU countries (Australia, New Zealand, U.S.A, Canada, Malaysia and others)
>> ca. 4.500 people were accommodated on campsite
>> ca. 120 professional traders on the campus
>> ca. 150 car boot sales (non-professional people selling own stuff next to their car),
>> ca. 50 marketplaces with focus especially for the ladies
>> ca. 250 volunteers from which ca. 50 were involved every week for more than a year
>> ca. 150 professionals for non-volunteering tasks (contractor, red cross, safety and security, traffic control, garbage etc.)
>> the “SOS Garage” (on-site repair shop for participating vehicles) fixed more than 90 vehicles
>> Zero accidents, zero fatalities, 10 people needed short-time treatment by red cross (small injuries etc.)
>> Event spread out on an area of ca. 60 hectars from which 35 hectars were used
We received a very positive feedback from the site’s landlord who is very much engaged into the historic vehicle movement – Franz Graf zu Ortenburg is President of the “Commission Historique Internationale (CHI)”, a function within the “Fédération International de l’Automobile (FIA)”, and Vice President for Classics at the “Automobilclub von Deutschland (AvD)”:
Also Pieter Vogel, Head of the ICCCR2016 organization, looks back with pride:
Citroën Netherlands was represented in a large tent, displaying current models such as the Citroën C4 Cactus, C4 Picasso, SpaceTourer as well as the 2008 concept car GTyCitroën. For Anne Lobbes, press officer at Citroën Nederland, the event was a success:
Rene de Boer, media professional and journalist, history expert and collector on Citroën, reflects as follows:
Also, a number of references have reported about this event, including a review by FIVA Vice President Legislation, Tiddo Bresters who followed our invitation and states:
Read more in his FIVA Event Report.
Stephan Joest, heading the global ACI organization:
A final event report will follow, latest at the next ACI Annual General Meeting.
Photos and Impressions
Some photo albums at Flickr – to mention a few:
Feel free to post more reference in the comments below.
In this context, we kindly ask all ACI Delegates to contact their clubs and aggregate club and members’ feedback regarding their perception of this event, and report back to the ACI Board.
All findings will help the next organizers to prepare for their challenge!
And the next “ACI Event Of The Year (EOTY)” is ahead of us: 2CV World Meeting 2017 in Portugal, followed by Croatia in 2019 which is candidate for the EOTY 2019.
During the ICCCR, the successor event was unanimously elected by the ACI Delegates: the “17th ICCCR / Citroën World Meeting” will take place 2020 in Torun/Poland. Torun is already known – the team has successfully organized last year’s “ACI Event of The Year”, the “2CV World Meeting 2015“.
Last but not least, the ICCCR 2016 organization is saying thank you to all participants and active people with the video below – enjoy!