Welcome to my picnic
Experience does for the soul what education does for the brain!
* Rose wine from Provence
* Comte Delavie Champagne, toast for the planet
HERE ARE SOME FACTS ABOUT THE CITROEN 2CV
Citroen 2CV or ‘Deux Chevaux’ (short for deux chevaux-vapeur translated as ‘two steam horses’) were produced from 1948 to 1990.
Was hidden from the Nazis.In fact it was believed that only two original prototypes survived and were found again until three more were discovered in a barn in 1994.
They wanted to create a simple and affordable car that small farmers could use instead of the horse and cart still widely used.
The design brief for the car stated that it should be a low-price rugged ‘umbrella on four wheels’ that would allow farmers to transport 50kg of produce to market at speeds of upto 50kph across muddy unpaved roads. It would have to sip fuel at a rate of just 3L/100km. More famously it should be able to carry a basket of eggs across a ploughed field without breaking them!
Most cars at this time had three-speed gearboxes....
It was originally to have lightweight aluminium body work, but after the War aluminium prices skyrocketed and Citroen resorted back to thin steel
Motoring media hated it, then loved it
Slow production capacity meant that within months there was a three-year waiting list going up to five years eventually
James Bond drove one
Very clever suspension setup better than today’s cars
The engine was inspired by a BMW motorcycle , speed the first cars was slow, getting to 40kph in 42.4 seconds and only managing 64kph. Top speeds were up to 84kph in 1962, 100kph in 1970 and finally 115kph in 1981.
WHAT IS GOOD TO KNOW
WHAT TO BRING
* Bring any vintage item such as vintage goggles, gloves or sunglasses. Be creative and bring your second outfit to be prepared for an extra session of photography.
* Sun cream and hats.
* Feel free to bring your favorite pet.