commitments meant that I was only able to attend the Rally on the
Sunday which was also Father's Day. I left home in Hampshire in
glorious sunshine with the thermometer in the XM
indicating 24 C. I headed north towards Peterborough and as soon as I
left the M25 and got on to the A1, it clouded over and started to rain.
The temperature dropped the further north I went. The 150 miles/240 km
was covered in just under two hours; the XM proving to be an
indefatigable high speed cruiser. I passed a number of CitroŽns en
route - none of them displaying the Club sticker - until, about 10
miles/16 km south of Peterborough I espied Roy Renshaw, leading light
of the GS Section
in his GSA, followed by a CX 22 TRS and another GSA. I then entered the
East Of England Showground and followed the signs to the Rally. By this
time, the temperature was down to 9 C and it was tipping it down with
rain. Oh! the joys of an English summer... I parked in the XM parking
area and the chap in the XM in front told me that most of the XMs were
parked elsewhere - I followed him and parked next to him. Imagine my
surprise when he turned out to be Brian Faulkner
with whom I have been corresponding by e-mail for quite some time. A
brave man is Brian - driving around in one of the earliest XMs to be
imported into Britain.
light cotton, short sleeved shirt was inappropriate attire so out came
the Barbour and cap, on went the Hunters and off I squelched to meet
old friends and acquaintances, make new friends, marvel at the
machinery on display, examine the stands, etc. First port of call was
the Information Centre to say hello to Brian Drummond and Derek Pearson
and then I trotted off to see David Conway's stand where I splashed out
on a copy of Olivier de Serre's `Tous les modŤles CitroŽn' and Fabien
SabatŤs `Les Prestigieuses CitroŽn'. Back to the car to put them in the
boot and then off, camera around neck to take some pictures. One
advantage of the rain was that all the cars looked lovely - even those
with faded paintwork - which is why second hand car dealers love such
route to the SeMantics display I bumped into the Rally Co-ordinator,
Nigel Wild. `Oltcit' said I, speaking in Romanian. `Come with me' said
he, speaking in English.
Then I took some photos of the sole Dyna Panhard to be seen and trudged off to look at the D Series cars. Only oneSlough built ID
which already features on my site but I took some more photos of this
car - interior shots, tail lights - things that are quite different
from their Paris built contemporaries - and spoke to the owner whose
name escapes me. My old friendClaude Westbrook 's car was there but no sign of him.
Also there, was the hideous fluorescent green and gold Safari (D Break) that features in theChamber of Horrors on my site so I took another couple of photos to hopefully prove the point to the doubters that this car is grotesque.
talking of such hideous things, there was a CX, badged DX with a
ghastly modified front end, converting the car into something that
looked as if a Mazda 626 had been tail-ended by a CX.
I upset the owners of these two cars with these comments, please feel
free to vent your ire and justify your lack of good taste - I will
happily publish your comments in my column or on this site - provided
that they are not too offensive.