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.