Citroën fans rally round for French col­lec­tion

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE - Fred­eric Manby

THE 15th In­ter­na­tional Citroën Car Club rally is be­ing held this week­end at the Great York­shire Show­ground, Har­ro­gate. It is the world’s largest Citroën gath­er­ing, founded in 1973 and vis­it­ing Bri­tain in 1976.

It last “met” in Bri­tain in 1984 and this year will be the big­gest col­lec­tion of Citroëns ever gath­ered un­der one “roof” in the UK. Lots of un­usual Citroëns are present, in­clud­ing some from the Citroën Con­ser­va­toire mu­seum at the Paris Citroën fac­tory. Citroën UK is show­ing 11 clas­sics from its col­lec­tion. Ex­am­ples in­clude the ad­ven­tur­ous Maser­a­tiengined SM and what many re­gard as the most im­por­tant car of the 20th cen­tury, the fab­u­lous DS. There will also be Pan­hards on show, an his­toric brand taken over by Citroën in the 1960s. At the show you can see its il­lus­tri­ous and in­ter­est­ing past.

The Trac­tion Avant was the world’s mass-pro­duced first front-wheel-drive car with a mono­coque body. Its ex­pense ru­ined Citroën, which was taken over by Miche­lin. In the mid 1970s, it was taken over by Peu­geot. To­day it dom­i­nates the World Rally Cham­pi­onship and its DS range of de­signs is find­ing new cus­tomers. Allez Citroën.

CLAS­SIC: The Citroën DS.

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