– by George Dyke
The annual CCNA meet in Carlisle on Saturday May 17th proved to be a lovely day. Not too hot, and dry despite pouring rain on the Friday and Sunday. Over three dozen Citroëns were on display. Folks that managed to walk the show field, were treated to a bevy of fascinating European cars and kit cars. The main focus of the show event this year was British cars. While plentiful, they only stood in contrast to our eclectic French classics even further.
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The Club presentation and seminar this year was given by Kim Walter. He covered the styling genius of Flaminio Bertoni through his tenure at Citroën, designing the Traction Avant, the 2CV, the DS and the Ami. Bertoni literally scultped all his designs initiating, with the Traction Avant, the use of full size models in automotive design. It would become the norm. Kim pointed out the subtle nuances that Bertoni used in designs. An accent ridge here, and an indent there that all contributed to make his Citroën creations art forms in their own right. It was a fascinating presentation and all who attended now see their cars in a different and very appreciative light, particularly when you wash them and run your hands over the identical lines that Bertoni sculpted in clay.
Best of Show awards were handed out at the Sunnyside restaurant Saturday evening. Winners were:
Best Traction: 1950 – Brad Nauss
Best A series: 1964 Ami 6 – David Cummings
Best D: 1959 ID – Dale Martin
Best SM 1973 – Erik Holveg
Best CX GTI 1987 – Denis Foley
Best Miscellaneous: H Van Sapeur Pompier – Joe Petry
Best of Show: Tie – Paul Vogel for his 1961 ID19 Rallye Car
Replica, and David Cummings for his early series Ami 6
The Lifetime Achievement Award this year was given to Michael and Cherise Cox, for their over 30 years of contribution to Citroën evangelism in North America. A most notable accomplishment was their acquisition and organization of the 12th ICCCR at Amherst Massachusetts in August 2002. They have also religiously published the Citroën Quartely which has been a valuable source of Citroën information since its inception in January 1983. Although they could not attend Carlisle this year, due to Cherise’s treatments for her ongoing battle with cancer, we were very pleased that the award was able to be formally presented to them when they attended Rendezvous
in June. Congratulations to both Michael and Cherise for all their efforts!