The bubble bursts
By James Walshe
As a lifelong CitroŽn enthusiast, I write about CitroŽns in Practical
in most issues throughout the year. Given that I have to fulfil my
duties as a motoring writer by talking a lot about Fords, Vauxhalls,
Austins and so on, it’s therefore always a thrill to write about my
Earlier in 2017, I successfully secured four pages
of the magazine in order to celebrate the hydropneumatic CitroŽn.
Production of the C5 was due to end and so I set about gathering every
individual model I could, with assistance from many other owners and
club members. Firstly, the 15H was essential and without it, the whole
thing pointless. It was, after all, the very first – a production
testbed for the DS, which arrived a year later.
What resulted was magic – and a day none of us will forget.
Each and every owner was to be congratulated for their attendance, as
the weather that day was truly dreadful. I would have expected one or
two to drop out and yet, here they all were, trundling into Donington
circuit. What a sight! I was sadly missing three models: An M35, GS
Birotor and an XM Estate. I had aimed to get the first and second
generation/incarnation of all models and in the end, all hydropneumatic
CitroŽn badges were at least represented.