Citroen’s 100th anniversary was part of the Motorclassica display in October at the Exhibition Building in Melbourne.
Superb examples of iconic cars were on display both inside the exhibition and in the “Club Sandwich” display outside.
It was a beautiful day at Garth Campbell’s property in Koo Wee Rup where many Citroen enthusiasts gathered for a Tech Day. Garth’s hoist was available for use and it didn’t take long before John Wyers hoisted up his 2CV and started work attacking a rather stubborn lock nut on the 2CV’s steering travel stop adjustment. The lock nut was successfully undone but more penetrating spray will be needed before the bolt can finally be turned. Next to lift his car up was our President, John Parsons who took no time to swing a spanner and remove the C5’s under-tray. Once removed, a hole saw applied to the right spot and John can now drain the C5’s engine oil without removing the under-tray. Draining the gearbox is another story for another time. While the hoist was in use, Wolfgang was kept busy doing a fantastic job testing and pressurising member’s hydraulic spheres. Pressurised spheres are essential to the enjoyment of driving a classic Citroen.
“Lunch is ready” was the call from the BBQ shed and we downed tools to enjoy a freshly cooked gourmet sausage. While we were enjoying lunch we took the opportunity to inspect one of Garth projects, a partially restored Citroen D Special. It won’t be too long before it is rolling down the road again.
After lunch, David Sutcliffe connected a lap top computer to John Parson’s C5 and with a steady hand, the ECU was interrogated to see what mysteries and secrets were stored in the Citroen’s brain. For some of us, this was a first time look at what can be read and adjusted via the lap top. It was quite an eye opener.
All agreed that the Tech Day was a success thanks to Garth Campbell’s generosity in allowing the Club free access to his garage and workshop facilities, Wolfgang’s hard work with the sphere pressurising machine and Ian Downie selection of delicious sausages. Thank you to all that made the Tech Day a success.
We had perfect weather for the concours in April at Bundoora Park. The range of models on display was considerable and the quality of restorations proved challenging for the judges. The winner of the show for the people’s choice award as well as the Traction class winner was John Grieve with his Big6H. It gleamed in stunning black. Early models included three 5CV’s and a B2 from the early 1920’s, some undergoing restoration and needed to be trailered to the show. Congratulations to CCOCA for hosting the event and to all the CCCV committee and members who helped out on the day.
Citroen Classic Owners Club of Australia hosted this years annual rally in the historic town of Echuca on the Murray river.
More than 170 people registered for Cit-In, the 48th time it has been held. John Wyers was presented with the Ray Huth Encouragement award for his restoration of a raid 2CV. John Grieve won the popular choice award for his glorious Traction Avant Big 6H
Here are some photos of the event.
Some 120 cars provided a fabulous display at the French Car Festival at Como Park. Renault, Peugeot and Citroen were well represented. Standout vintage cars , some direct from Motorclassica were a joy to see. The 1921 Ballot was a section prize winner. Accompanied by several Delages and two Bugatti’s these old timers provided a central focus for the display. Simca put on a terrific display and the Solex club were enthusiastic participants. Citroen Australia and Alan Mance Citroen were major sponsors. Both Citroen and Renault had new models on display
The D Series 60th anniversary Jubilee tour took place in October 2015 and saw some 28 IDs and DSs on tour from Rutherglen Vic to Mittagong NSW over 12 nights. We drove the Great Alpine Rd over Mt Hotham then to the East Gippsland coast via Bright. From Lakes Entrance to Eden for two nights then to Shoalhaven and Batemans Bay, spending the final two nights in Mittagong. Here are some pictures of the event.