Un Siècle D’innovation – A Century of Innovation

December 8th, 2019|Tags: , , , |

André Citroën produced his first car in 1919 – the Type A. As the first truly mass-produced European car, in an age when the manufacturer supplied a running chassis to be bodied by a coach builder, it was unusual in being delivered from the factory complete and ready to drive. The Type A was the [...]

  • 2CV at Mt John

Citroën 2CV: Paragon or Paradox

September 9th, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

Paragon in that the 2CV met its design objectives with complete success; paradox, in that it was just too quirky for full public acceptance? Whichever way you see it, we’re looking at an all-time classic car, a very different and completely unmistakeable vehicle that like the VW Beetle retained the same shape and basic design [...]

  • Rex and Elaine Carkeek at Stirling Point, Bluff in 1972

A Quiet Sunday Drive (on a Tuesday)

June 24th, 2017|Tags: , , , |

Tuesday and Wednesday 21 and 22 November 1972 were big days for Rex and Elaine Carkeek of Palmerston North. They’d set themselves the challenge of driving from Cape Reinga to Bluff in less than 24 hours, and these were their days of reckoning This was no Cannonball Run-type event in a high-speed exotic car. With [...]