Thursday, 30 September 2010

Deux voitures

I've never been a big fan of French cars but there has always been two I've had a soft spot for.  The first of these is the Citroen DS.  Even now, the "goddess" looks like it's just landed from another planet.

This SCX model is the Citroen DS 21 that won the Rally Monte Carlo in 1966.  However it "won" on a technicality - and this story won't endear the French to you.  The first four cars to cross the finishing line were all British - Timo Makinen (Finland) driving a Mini-Cooper, followed by Roger Clark in a Ford Lotus Cortina, then Rauno Aaltonen and Paddy Hopkirk, both also driving Minis.  But they were all ruled out of the prizes - with six other British cars for alleged infringements of complex regulations about the way their headlights dipped - after a protest by the Citroën team manager.

To his credit, the driver Pauli Toivonen did not brag about his victory because he felt he had not deserved it. However, when his son, Henri came first the same event twenty years later - this time in a convincing manner - Pauli was heard to say: "Now the name of Toivonen has been cleared."  (Sources: BBC, Wikipedia)

The second car is the Renault Alpine 110 which came first in the 1973 Tour De Corse (Corsica).  A lovely little model with lots of detail and decals.

These are two more of the cars I bought last Sunday.  Halfway through the reveal now...

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