Story and Photos by Hugues Vanhoolandt
Cassel, a small town in the North of France, is not only a typical village in Flanders but also home of the Galerie des Damiers (the checkerboard gallery) founded and run for decades by well-known dealer Christophe Pund, who has no equal in unearthing automotive rarities.
Every two years, on the first of May, Mr Pund receives his car enthusiast friends for a good-natured picnic with, of course, the theme of old cars.
After almost two years of deprivation due to the pandemic, this year was an opportunity to see friends again and to admire certain curiosities from the region but also from nearby Belgium. In addition, and for the first time here, an auction organized by the specialized Parisian house Aguttes was held late in the day.
But enough words, here is a brief selection of what we discovered in Cassel.
The cars of Pund and his friends