– by Judith Reiter
This last February, I was fortunate to be able to go to Paris. There was no lack of Citroën activities there, even in the middle of winter. For the first time, I went to Rétromobile at Porte de Versailles. Many of the French car clubs had professional looking booths run by their club members with very cool “diorama like” car displays, club information and souvenirs for sale. There were several superb examples of older Citroëns on display, courtesy of Le Conservatoire, car clubs, vendors and personal collectors.
Denis Huille of Citroën Heritage was at their booth to meet and greet enthusiasts. This year the theme of Rétromobile was women and automobile racing
though I saw little displayed on the subject. However, the 60 year anniversary of the 2CV was well represented and there were many superb examples at the show. Other vendor areas of Rétromobile had car parts, small-scale models, car related artwork, cleaning & protective gear, etc.
One morning I went to a fabulous restaurant in Paris called Bistrot d’André for lunch. It was in the old neighborhood where the original Citroën factories
were, near Quai André Citroën that is now Parc André Citroën. This bustling restaurant is packed full of Citroën artifacts … the owner is an over the top Traction enthusiast.