RESIDENTS AND visitors of Elche should be on the lookout for umbrellas on wheels later on this month, when the Dos Caballos, Citroen 2CV Grand National rally comes to the city.
Production of the French Car of the People stopped in 1990 and since then it has developed cult status amongst it fanatical owners and devotees.
The humble motor car, first unveiled at the Paris Motor Show of 1948, was originally conceived as a vehicle for French farmers still using horses and carts to work on their land, hence it’s French title Deux Chevaux, ‘Two Horses’. The umbrella nickname came about because of the shape of its distinctive body.
By seriously undercutting the cost of its rivals like the VW Beetle, Fiat 500, Renault 4 and Austin Mini by as much as half, the 2CV sold in its millions across Europe, with over 5 million being made before production stopped.
Twenty seven years after the last one rolled off the production line, interest in the Citroen workhorse is as high as ever, with good condition examples selling for thousands more than their original price.
The Elche 2CV Gran Nacional has been organized by the 2CV Club del Mediterraneo and is expected to attract fine examples of the car from all over Spain.
The event starts on Friday April 28 and runs until Sunday April 30. Participating cars will spend the first two days driving around the area visiting local landmarks and beaches in convoys of no more than 50.
However on the Sunday at 11.00am all the participating vehicles will be on public viewing at the Paseo de la Estacion in the centre of the city, within an area of around 300 metres
There will be demonstrations, stalls selling 2CV parts, books, magazines, stickers, T shirts and memorabilia and food and drink and music will be played throughout the day.
At the end of the event, prizes will be handed out in various categories by the organising group.
For more information on the event and how to register should you wish to enter your own 2CV, visit the group’s website www.doscaballos.org