Citroën Romahome

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Contents - RICHARD BAR­NETT MAR­KETS ED­I­TOR

One day – that’s all it took for a full ser­vice and a fresh MoT cer­tifi­cate to be printed out for the much-loved, but un­der-used Romahome.

Blame it on the weather – 2016 started off so well but come July the sum­mer was clearly over, which meant that it went back into the unit and out came the Ford Es­cort van.

With some brake ad­just­ment and a new CV boot, the cer­tifi­cate was is­sued, and with a full ser­vice the Citroën bee­tled home feel­ing fresher than ever. Pleas­ingly the usu­ally wood­en­feel­ing brakes now have a bit more sen­si­tiv­ity, and while I’ve never doubted their stop­ping power, I’ve al­ways wanted a bit more in­for­ma­tion com­ing up through the pedal. I’m pleased to say that this is now the case.

For the past two years, the C15’s first out­ing of the year hasn’t been to a clas­sic car event, but to a clas­sic bike meet­ing. Last year it was a visit to the Ton­fanau Cir­cuit, not far from Towyn, but this year the mis­sus and I headed out to the Red Mar­ley hill­climb.

Held not far from Broms­grove, the event sees three or four bikes run­ning side-by-side up an in­creas­ingly steep hill, the fi­nal 100 yards or so be­ing a one in one-and-a-half: More ex­pe­ri­enced rid­ers hit the fi­nal ‘bump’ so quickly that they crest the hill in mid-air.

The Romahome proved to be a big hit with some of the spec­ta­tors, draw­ing plenty of favourable com­ments about its con­di­tion and use­ful­ness – and after a day trudg­ing up the Red Mar­ley hill a fresh brew made on board set us up for the jour­ney home.

It’ll never be rapid, but after a great day out, when all you want to do is go home, the Romahome de­liv­ers. It’s re­li­able too, with great spares sup­port. Best of all, the driver of a bay win­dow VW camper gave us a wave on the way there and back. Clearly the clas­sic camper broth­er­hood is alive and well.

Out on the Bea­cons.

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