A G adventure to Paris on the 21st September!

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A G adventure to Paris on the 21st September!

Post by red_dwarfers » 10 Oct 2012, 20:03

It's a little late coming but here's a write up about a group of five GS/A enthusiasts who went over to France on the 21st September (a first for two of us. Not the first time we had been on the 21st September, the first time we have been to France if there was any confusion) to go to a BX and XM club of France meeting at Citroen's Conservatoire just outside of Paris.

I drove straight from work up to Somerset to drop off my XM, after a quick hello and shifting of my stuff, drove Ron (A reg GSA Pallas SE) and her owner to Aldershot where we met Chris Salter and John Bradshaw who were going to drive Tiffany (Chris' GSA X1). After a few more hellos, John was eager to get going as we were a little pushed for time, good job he did push us along as we got caught up in a bit of traffic on the way to Dover, thankfully though we made it to the ferry about 15 minutes before cars started boarding. It must have been quite a picture seeing these two GSAs pulling up with their yellow headlights glowing!

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The ferry was a first for me as was leaving the country so that was very exciting. The ferry docked at Dunkerque a little after midnight and we pretty much drove straight off down a motorway for a good 2 hours with a couple of breaks. We did loose each other after one of us missed a turn so plan was to meet at a services down the road. There was a minute of confusion when they said they were waiting in the services and we saw a set of yellow headlights in the distance behind us but that turned out to be a 2CV which quite quickly steamed past us as 2CVs do...:lol:

It got to around 3am and we were all getting a bit tired so the 5 of us had a 2 or 3 hour power nap in these 2 GSAs, it was a little squashed for me in particular on the back seat but I slept well. It was nice to get my feet up level with the rest of my body as they were aching terrible!

Once we were up (apparently it took them quite a while to wake me :lol: ) we freshened up, grabbed some croissants and got cracking over to Aulney.

The Conservatoire visit was absolutely amazing, it's well documented on the BX forum here. I do have a few photos that I need to sort out but we'll stick with the G theme for the moment! The coffee in the meeting room caught me out as it turned out they were expresso jugs. I wondered why I got funny looks when I grabbed the larger cup and started pouring it in. Suffice to say, not long after the second cup my head started going rather fuzzy and it clicked into place.

When we left Aulney we drove straight to our hotel, well I say straight, we took the 'scenic' route as you might call it. Was very much looking forward to the nights sleep as Friday night was all go.

The next day we ventured in to Paris to do some sight seeing, saw all the usual bits and pieces and some different things.

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Peugeot train
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Precision parking
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Nerdy graffiti
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We had some admirers on the Arc, firstly while we were parked up a lady came over and started taking photos, she was a massive G fan, even when we tried to leave she waved her arms about wanting to take one last photo but with all of us standing next to the cars!
Secondly we had a couple of laps around before coming off, a motorbike rider pulled alongside turned around, looked at us smiling, put his arm out and split his fingers to make a double chevron before saying something and darting off again!
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A closed down Citroen showroom on the Champs Elysee
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Ooo, whats going on here then? We soon found out that Lady Ga Ga (or Lady G G as she's now known by a few) would soon be arriving! We did wait around for a bit but again John reminded us that time stops for not man, no bad thing though as we saw her as she drove past us coming the other way!

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The plan was to catch the 6pm ferry on Sunday, due to one thing or another we actually got the 10pm ferry. A short while into the journey back one of the driveshafts started making a slight knocking noise which gradually got worse, when we crossed the channel and got back to Aldershot we made the decision to crash there for the remainder of the night (we arrived in Aldershot at 3.30am) as neither us nor the car were in a fit state to get all the way back to the South West. The next morning almost came and went for me, got up around lunch time and we were soon off up to Chevronics to get the car sorted. It got to the stage where going around a right hand bend would cause an awful clunking and slight jumping of the car!
We had a good mooch around Chevronics for a bit before driving back in our courtesy car, another GSA!

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All in all a weekend I will remember for a long time :D
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Re: A G adventure to Paris on the 21st September!

Post by myglaren » 10 Oct 2012, 20:25

Excellent bit of reportage there Kev, sounds like a good trip.

The driveshafts can be a bit of a pain. I dread to think how many I put on mine.
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Re: A G adventure to Paris on the 21st September!

Post by citronut » 10 Oct 2012, 20:55

were's a gendarme when you want one as John was obviously chucking litter on the pavement as he was walking along with Chris :shock: :-D :wink:
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Re: A G adventure to Paris on the 21st September!

Post by mr.ochre » 10 Oct 2012, 21:29

Nice story and some excellent photos there! (Especially like the one of the GSA battling traffic and the Arc de Triomphe!) The recently fitted drive shaft was apparently a re manufactured one as you can not get original ones any more. The splines were all bent and twisted when it came out and were obviously slightly wrong when reformed, no one would have guessed at the time! Decent second hand ones now fitted and Ron is driving fine now... phew!! I hope for a report on Rouen soon :wink:
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Re: A G adventure to Paris on the 21st September!

Post by red_dwarfers » 10 Oct 2012, 22:10

Cheers chaps!

I didn't notice that Malcolm, a sly character is John :lol:

Glad to hear the drive shaft is sorted now Grant :D
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