Monthly Archives: April 2014

Cit-In 2014 … the SA story

A convoy of 4 Tractions (Beswick, Henderson/Pike, Burke and Gilbert) set off from Adelaide on the morning of the Wednesday before Easter, taking 3 days to get to Rawson in Victoria via the Queenscliff/Sorrento Ferry (to avoid the hazards of Melbourne traffic on Good Friday. We joined at Rawson by Craig and Gail and the Woodcocks. Les Tapping was unfortunately a last minute apology due to power steering problems. All travelled well, with the Tractions sailing along on quiet purring and untroubled wings, with the exception of a nagging and recurring second gear problem in the Henderson/Pike car.

Rawson was a compact venue with a variety of accommodation types within the facility itself, where most of us stayed. All meals and pre-dinner drinks and chit-chat were in a communal dining room, which also had an adjoining room for club shops and other activities. This provided a great opportunity for mingling and getting to know other Citroen enthusiasts from around the country.

The format followed the usual layout, with Show and Shine on Saturday morning, at an oval adjacent the Rawson facility. This brought together over 50 Citroens from Tractions through all models to the present day including some very fine Ds (and a smart black Utility from the Northern Territory), 2CVs, CX, SM. Other formal events were the Observation Run (unfortunately over some pretty rough terrain), and the Motorkhana, which some thought to be too far away at Moe. Other activities included trips to the near-by historic gold-mining village of Walhalla, steam train rides through the mountains (with substitute diesel engine) and visits to Thompson Dam and other scenic spots in the slightly sub-alpine region.

One of the highlights was the Dinner on the Sunday night with guest speaker Phil Harding telling us of his leadership rolls at Rolls Royce and TWR in the UK before moving to Aus to head up HSV. This was a very engaging presentation from one of the leaders in motor sport who has been instrumental in fostering some of the great technological developments in engine design over the past 30 years.

Our CitIn 15 team gave an absolutely wonderful presentation on next year’s CitIn to be held at Nuriootpa. Craig’s presentation supported by the very exciting visuals developed by the CitIn Committee, with John Beswick’s graphics and Gaynor’s IT skills, captured everyone’s attention and held the room spell-bound at the end of a long and happy night.

David and Suzy Gilbert received the trophy for the best Traction, with John Beswick and Brian Woodcock putting in a sterling effort for SA in the interstate competition.

President David Gilbert attended the annual Presidents’ meeting.

Celebration of the Motor Car SA 2014

A motor show extravaganza held 27th April in the grounds of historic “Carrick Hill” mansion – absolutely perfect weather and massive attendance. All in all a wonderful success. Success too, for CCSA Secretary Colin Cooter, whose immaculately presented SM Citroen was awarded first prize in the post war non sports car category. Here are some random shots to give you an idea of just some of the mouth watering vehicles on display. And more information about the day can be found here

SM/CX Penola trip 28-30 March ’14


SM / CX Trip to Penola


March  Friday 28th —- Sunday 30th .


Colin Cooter SM , Phil Ogg SM , Jeff Sabel SM , Gerry Colella CX and from Victoria, Lee Scholte SM.

Beautiful weekend weather was predicted to make our trip to the Coonawarra a great driving experience.   Unfortunately, motoring drama overtook the driving experience on our way to Penola, with Colin’s SM failing to proceed in a most spectacular way.   There has been some talk of dribbles and puddles but let me set the record straight, it was a LHM green geyser of Yosemite proportions when the pipe seal [as we thought at the time] on the pump let go.   The surprise and highlight of this sad incident was when Phil turned up and asked what the problem was and in a nonchalant way said that he had a spare in the boot! After a short time the SM was off and after the sweet spot on the rev counter.   The problem resurfaced again just outside Naracoorte but the local hydraulic specialist was able to rectify the split in the metal tube coming out of the hydraulic pump, there were no more dramas for Colin’s SM.     Saturday started as a very cold and foggy morning but by 10am it cleared to be a glorious warm sunny day, perfect for getting all the cars lined up for a show and tell, even the motel owner who had his own car collection came out for a look and was impressed.     That afternoon we went to Majella winery for a VIP tasting.     What a sight, 5 Citroens line astern, snaking their way over the flat terra rosa vineyards of Coonawarra.    Saturday evening we had dinner at Pipers, one of the best regional restaurants in the state and it did not disappoint .     The motel owner took us to the restaurant and picked us up after dinner in his Bentley, very nice.     We left first on Sunday morning after breakfast but were over taken by Jeff’s SM who really unleased those Italian stallions under the bonnet.    Unfortunately there were dramas for Phil’s SM, it was missfiring and the coil got very hot.      The car had to be trucked back to Adelaide.     How ironic that the good Samaritan of a few days earlier was now in need of help.    Our trip back was uneventful: it was great to go on a long run, as it gave the car a chance to clear the system out.

 Many thanks to Colin for organising the long weekend and despite the unforeseen problems it was a great opportunity to take the cars out for a long high speed run.


Gerry Colella