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All Citroens Lead to Rome!

August 28th, 2008

Every four years the Citroenista, the most passionate fans of the Citroën marque, gather to celebrate their love of everything Citroën and this year the venue was Rome, with 16,000 spectators watching 2,457 cars on the track, 1500 on display and another 6,000 brought to the event by their owners, which was held at the Vallelunga race track, 32 km north of Rome.

Not only did the Citroën owners take their cars into Rome in convoys through the Eternal City, the Pope was, of course, represented with a classic Citroën C6 owned by Pope Pio XI on display. Citroën’s motorsport hero cars on display included the Citroën C4 WRC and the Paris-Dakar winning Rally Raid Citroën ZX, prototype Citroën 2CVs travelled from Paris and, of course, just about every Citroën model sold was represented.

Topping the table was the Citroën DS, with 678 representatives, followed by the 2CV with 522 on display, the Traction Avant with 334, while at the other end of the scale was the lone Citroën XXXM, a five metre stretch convertible version of the Citroën XM. The oldest car on display was a 1919 Citroën Type A. Australia took the record for the most distant visitors, with three Citroën delegates at the event, while the French provided 979 official participants, closely followed by 894 Italian Citroën lovers. In addition to the official Citroën historical display, no less than 70 other displays of Citroën history were on display. What with the French and Italians, food was also an important part of the event with four national restaurants competing for the title of the best food.

And the next event? The Citroenista voted in Rome to swap pasta for Harry Ramsden’s (*) Fish and Chips, with the 2012 event set to be held in Yorkshire, in the country town of Pickering.

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