Fans of the Peugeot 205 GTI – and other hot Peugeots – gathered at Prescott Hillclimb near Cheltenham for the annual Peugeot Festival. In addition to (non-competitive) runs up the hill and a hotly-contested concours, this year’s event included a line-up of special VIP cars.
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McRae on display
Topping the list of VIPs was a Peugeot 309 GTI rally car raced by the late Colin McRae before he won the World Rally Championship with Subaru.
A 205 T16 – the only black example, formerly owned by the King of Bahrain – was also showing off its mid-engined innards, while the Dimma-kitted 309 GTI Goodwood was also unique.
Many cars and clubs made the journey to the festival from around Europe. Peugeot Sport in France even provided their 2008 Dakar racer, offering showgoers the chance to sit in Carlos Sainz’s driving seat.
There were celebrations for the 20th anniversary of the 106 GTI & 406 Coupé, too – plus the 25th anniversary of the rarest 205 GTI, the 1FM special edition. Only 25 GTI 1FMs were made to celebrate 25 years of Radio 1, and no less than seven of them drove in convoy up the Prescott Hill.
The 205 GTI’s legacy
The Peugeot Sport Club traces its roots back to 1985, when it was known as the Peugeot 205 GTI Club. The club was started by Peugeot UK to help owners enjoy their cars as part of its marketing strategy at the time. In 1988, the organisation of the Club was handed over to a small team of enthusiastic members, and the 205 GTI ceased production in 1994. But the club lives on: now open to all Peugeot owners.
Check out our gallery for photos of many cars at Peugeot Festival 2017. From an unrestored 305 saloon to a modified, wide-body 306 cabriolet, there’s something for everyone.