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Auto Retro / French Scimitars in the spotlight

Posted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 4:16 pm
by _Zeb_
tanuki wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:22 am
Hello Zeb :wink: ... oh what a coincidence, I also took part in this article on the Chimaera :mrgreen:
It's indeed an interesting exercise to collect testimonials from actual owners, and show their cars side by side at the end of the article 8)
There will be one on the Citroen Ami8 in the months to come ... I have been asked by Xavier to take part - since it was my very first car as a student -
but I cannot find any picture of it on the computer :roll: :lol:
Cheers,
Fred
My Chim was in number 1, 2 and 3 of the photos.
The Ami 8, good choice too! Sometimes I'm looking for an Ami Super but either they are rusted or too expensive (or both).
Thanks for the copy of Auto Retro, I've took care of not reading them in order to keep the excitation of buying the magazine next week :wink:

Auto Retro / French Scimitars in the spotlight

Posted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 7:55 pm
by Roger Pennington
Fantastic looking article, well done to all concerned! I must admit my French is a little rusty, so I'll need to read the text at a fairly steady pace (!), but judging by the photos they've really gone into it in some depth. Thanks to Fred for keeping us informed, and thanks to all the owners who participated :D

Auto Retro / French Scimitars in the spotlight

Posted: Sun Jan 13, 2019 7:23 pm
by tanuki
Roger Pennington wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 7:55 pm
Fantastic looking article, well done to all concerned! I must admit my French is a little rusty, so I'll need to read the text at a fairly steady pace (!), but judging by the photos they've really gone into it in some depth. Thanks to Fred for keeping us informed, and thanks to all the owners who participated :D
Thanks Roger ! It has been an interesting exercise to collect those testimonials ... and the French Scimitar community reacted well over our expectations :shock:
the guy who wrote the article has been snowed under dozens of answer forms and pictures over the past 4 months - it all started in September -
According to Xavier this has been the longest and probably best article in this series ... they never got such a level of feedback from Porsche or Lotus owners :lol:
Not all could be included in the paper - otherwise it would have been 50 pages (!) - but there were plenty of interesting stories being reported 8)
My favorite is a story by Eric Brechard: the guy wanted to have a Scimitar so desperately that he simply moved to England way back in 1997 :mrgreen:
When you gotta have a Scimitar you must take decisions !!

Cheers,
Fred

PS. sorry for the poor quality of those scans - they were shot with my old camera which is not good at indoor shooting -
I will try to replace them with proper computer scans as soon as I get a spare copy from which I could cut the article out :lol:
Btw I shall send complimentary spare copies of the magazine to John & Kevin at the club for their records :mrgreen:

Auto Retro / French Scimitars in the spotlight

Posted: Sun Jan 13, 2019 7:35 pm
by tanuki
_Zeb_ wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 4:16 pm
My Chim was in number 1, 2 and 3 of the photos.
The Ami 8, good choice too! Sometimes I'm looking for an Ami Super but either they are rusted or too expensive (or both).
Thanks for the copy of Auto Retro, I've took care of not reading them in order to keep the excitation of buying the magazine next week :wink:
Zeb, mine was in pictures 19, 20, 21 two pages later :lol:
I'd love to find a good Ami 8 someday, but indeed the nice ones are getting bloody expensive nowadays :roll:
It was a blue (yes one of those ...) station wagon :mrgreen: my first car actually, inherited from my dad who was a Citroen nut :wink:
That's good that you did not read the above scans ... they are pretty bad quality, and it's only 2 days until the magazines are in the booths 8)
Bonne soiree !
Fred

Auto Retro / French Scimitars in the spotlight

Posted: Sun Jan 13, 2019 8:42 pm
by Felix02
Le jaune est en effet d'actualité en France. Effet de mode ??? :wink:

J'ai hâte de le mettre dans la boite à gants de la Middlebridge, ce numéro ...

Auto Retro / French Scimitars in the spotlight

Posted: Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:18 pm
by Elizabeth's dad
Well done, great coverage.

Auto Retro / French Scimitars in the spotlight

Posted: Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:33 pm
by tanuki
Felix02 wrote:
Sun Jan 13, 2019 8:42 pm
Le jaune est en effet d'actualité en France. Effet de mode ??? :wink:
J'ai hâte de le mettre dans la boite à gants de la Middlebridge, ce numéro ...
Ne t'inquiete pas ... bientot il devrait y avoir du bleu :mrgreen: et egalement du rouge :lol:
Mais c'est vrai que les trois articles sur les GTEs ont toujours ete illustres par des poussins :P
Bonne soiree a toi !
Fred

Auto Retro / French Scimitars in the spotlight

Posted: Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:38 pm
by _Zeb_
tanuki wrote:
Sun Jan 13, 2019 7:35 pm
Zeb, mine was in pictures 19, 20, 21 two pages later :lol:
I'd love to find a good Ami 8 someday, but indeed the nice ones are getting bloody expensive nowadays :roll:
It was a blue (yes one of those ...) station wagon :mrgreen: my first car actually, inherited from my dad who was a Citroen nut :wink:
I grew up in a blue Ami Super station wagon, my dad was also a "Citroeniste". Do you recognize the neighbor of my Scimitar in my brother's garage?
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Auto Retro / French Scimitars in the spotlight

Posted: Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:44 pm
by tanuki
Elizabeth's dad wrote:
Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:18 pm
Well done, great coverage.
Thanks Jim ! I will buy a couple of extra magazines from the newsagent to add to my subscriber copy + free copy (since I took part in the poll)
and the one that Xavier gave me already :wink: Good to keep with the logbooks of the cars for a future owner - the later the better though :lol: -
I will see if Xavier can save a set of extra unsold copies before they get destroyed (in a few months), so possibly I can bring some along at the Cotswolds :mrgreen:

Cheers, Fred

PS. going through "Scotland Yard" at the moment :wink:

Auto Retro / French Scimitars in the spotlight

Posted: Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:04 pm
by tanuki
_Zeb_ wrote:
Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:38 pm
I grew up in a blue Ami Super station wagon, my dad was also a "Citroeniste". Do you recognize the neighbor of my Scimitar in my brother's garage?
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Ah ah ... you too have been traveling in the boot of a blue Ami8 station wagon :doh: :hurrah: ?
We seem to have a lot in common :lol:

The hidden car has a BX look about it ... but maybe a special model with the insert for the fog lamps :?
My grand father - another citroeniste - had a BX "leader" :hand: a brilliant car actually
- once you forget about the cheap trim and body decorations -
I owned it for a couple of years when granddad was too old to drive, then I gave it away to my Caterham dealer,
so it became a "courtesy car" for seveners when they bring their Cats for servicing :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Anyway, I simply love your orange SE5 ... what a color !! Almost as shiny as my Purple :shock: :lol:
Btw I checked your name in the Chimaera issue from last year ... and I could not find it among the people
that were contacted for the above article (...) Have you ever been in contact with the french side of the club ?

Cheers,
Fred

Auto Retro / French Scimitars in the spotlight

Posted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 1:30 am
by philhoward
Would that be a BX 4TC?

Auto Retro / French Scimitars in the spotlight

Posted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 6:20 am
by _Zeb_
Not a 4TC (hopefully :wink: ) but a Sport!
My brother and I, we had GTi in the past and I'm still dreaming of a 16v.
Regarding the main topic, no I haven't contacted the french side but I have only experimented my Scimitar for 800km and since I'm waiting the papers. So, except to explain why I bought a SE5a, I have nothing to say regarding reliability, running costs...

Auto Retro / French Scimitars in the spotlight

Posted: Wed Feb 06, 2019 9:33 pm
by DARK STAR
Just a note, I have posted Auto Retro magazine under 'Francophonies', since it is in french :mrgreen:
12 pages not to be missed !