Kégresse in France

Hotel Regina

The hotel was build in 1881, and after an extension got the name Hotel Regina and England in 1906 and became a fashionable residence with distinguished guests.

In 1921 the Regina hotel is the location of a strange sight: a tracked vehicle Citroën-Kégresse climb the stairs of the hotel to take a trip arounr the dunes, by the beach returning to the hotel - driving directly inside the building using the stairs again!

The hotel was closed in 1943, then transformed into a luxury residence for the elderly before converting it around 1990 into a tourist residence.


The film can be seen occasionally on Youtube due copyright to Gaumont-Pathé Archives, but you can see the film on this link: Hotel Regina

The newspaper Le Petit Gironde had a notice on september 1921 on visit of the Kégresse in Arcachon

Hotel Regina on postcard

The residence  still looks great today.

Jacqueline de Ribes


From the magazine Vanity Fair we found this article written by Valerie Bitici.


A Portrait of the Countess as a Muse

Jacqueline de Ribes sits on the lap of her maternal grandfather, Count Olivier de Rivaud de la Raffinière, in the passenger’s seat of his 1932 all-terrain Citroën-Kégresse Autochenille car, one of only a handful produced, while on vacation in Saint-Moritz, early 1930s. Her sister Monique and their Scottish nurse are seated in the back. Jacqueline lived with her entrepreneurial grandfather for most of her early life.


See the full article here

FOTO: Vanity Flair magazine