I got home almost an hour ago, the weekend has been excellent even with the slight drizzle yesterday!
I did seem to meet a good few new FCF members and other forum members, always nice to finally meet people. Indeed it was good to see familiar faces too and have a good car chat.
The turnout was really good, im pretty sure XMs out-numbered everything else, I counted around 16 XM at one point during the day. 9 Activas visited, which is really quite something and must be the largest UK Activa gathering for quite some time.
It was odd that there was only 4-5 C5s there, usually these are out in force at CCC events but not this weekend. 6-7 C6s were there, one which we are quite tempted by but its not the right time. It was nice to see a good few A series Citroens, I particularly liked the Ami 6 Estate in original condition complete with the obligatory signs of French parking techniques.
My Activa has gone like a dream, I have driven 499.8 miles ... and it just keeps on impressing me, they are an excellent cruiser. On the way back I sat at 3500rpm 85
for most of the way, a real pleasure to go anywhere in.
Having a good few Activas together and some being V6 versions was quite interesting, chatting about what each owner thinks to them. Interestingly the V6 guys seemed to condom the TCT as a poor engine but the drivers of original Activas sing their praises in most cases. I don't agree with what is often said about the TCT, though I would like to try another one/for someone to drive mine and compare it, as mine is a bit tweaked.
The trade stalls were very good (and under cover) this year, I picked up a good few bargains, a few 5L drums of the ECS oil which my C5 desires, some Citroen oil filters too (Citroen want £14 each for those, I paid a £5 each) and some 16" C5 wheel trims to cover up my winter steels when the time comes to put winter tyres on.
Jim, Thanks ever so much for your help, I don't know what I would do without you
I think I saw Chris pull in in his Activa and had a look at some cars but before I knew it he was gone - on the way back home though, I saw him coming the opposite way while in the Scooby.
Ah, about that. I had written the postcode for the rally event on the hotel information page, my dad put that one in the satnav instead of the hotels one
Though I didn't work that out at first, as I was driving along a tiny road when I was expecting to find a town and a hotel. It just so happened I pulled into the show ground and then saw the CCC signs so I popped in for a brief look before going to sign in at the hotel- which was excellent by the way, thanks! I did go back to the site after that but you had gone, still, I did eventually meet you today, good to finally put a face to your name.
Highlights for me was good drive in an S1 XM 2.1TD .....
I did really enjoy a drive in that too, despite its 7 years in a field its a very nice car that one, drives well.
My highlight was a very good ride in a V6 XM, but a proper one, an early 24V V6 Manual. That a beast of a thing, not at all how I imagines it to be and nothing like the 12v 3.0 V6 XM which I have driven nor the V6 24v C5 either. The noise and feeling of the engine through the car is really quite something, I would have never believe Citroen made an XM like that, its quite lairy!
Before that I would have taken one of the V6 Activas home, but that 'real' V6 XM was something else, certainly my car of the show.
All in, an extremely enjoyable weekend, some excellent cars, great people and a good location too - those roads really are a suspension tester! Though I was a little dissapointed at the lack of any good corners! The weather can't of been too bad either, as I can still feel the sun burning through my neck and nose
My pictures will probably follow tomorrow