I like cars. I like looking at cool cars. I like driving cars. I love purring along the winding routes départementales in France, shifting gears and accelerating into the curves, seeing the countryside roll by. Cars? Super! Just don't ever, ever ask me to look under the hood. I don't even want to peek. Don't even think of talking pistons and carburetors with me; I'll fall asleep in my soup. Call me a sissy female, call me ignorant or whatever you want, I just don't want to know how the damn motor works, capische? Some things are better left a mystery; it adds to the romance. If you want to compare miles per gallon, or kilometers per liter, fine. I can handle that discussion for a few seconds. RPMs? On the border. Spark plugs? Ix-nay.
Still, I like cars.
That's why I went to the salon Retromobile, which opened its doors yesterday morning for a nine-day extravaganza. I know that the theme is supposedly La femme et l'auto but well, you know. Engines and all.
Anyway, in order to compensate for all those frilly fashion and lingerie posts I've written this year, this one is dedicated to cars. Mostly to the Citroen 2CV at the RetroMobile.
Needless to say, when it comes to cool antique French cars, my affaire de coeur is the 2CV. How do I love thee? Let me show the ways.
Denis Huille, the "Responsable du Patrimoine" at Citroen, helped me understand a bit about 2CV history. There was some reason for the nun in this photo. I forget what he said, but I love the wimple and sneakers.
I love La Deuche because she's older than I am! This 1950 model shows the early 2CV which had canvas all the way down her back.
Not exactly a grease-monkey's show, this is high-brow vintage car gawking at its best.
There were Deux Chevaux of all sorts on hand. I had to include one interior shot of the gear shift.
Retromobile also has lots of vintage car parts. Turn signals and gas caps.
Antique speedometers. I'm particularly fond of the one that goes counter-clockwise.
All sorts of antique-car paraphernalia, from magazines to models to neon signs.
If you're going to drive an antique car, might as well do it in style. There are several booths selling driving apparel. Apparently tweed and elbow-patches are de rigueur.
I strayed for a moment from my Deux-Chevaux devotion to be smitten with this Austin Mini wagon. Be still my heart!
There was a lot of interest in the 60th anniversary celebration of La Deuche, to be held in Paris at La Villette from April to November..
To commemorate the 60th birthday of this legend, I am collecting everyone's tales of their rides in a 2CV. For more info or to submit your stories, contact me at pollyvousfrancais at yahoo dot com.
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