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Standing among the cars was an extraordinary experience. The handsome X7 C5 mingled with the previous generation model, with a couple of Xantia models (including an Activa) joined by an early BX GT and later 16v model. I wanted a good showing of estates and so immaculate D Safari and CX estates were flanked by the Xantia, BX and my own C5 estate, with Anthony Parkes’ shabby but outstandingly reliable GS providing evidence of the car’s ability to act as an extremely tough and effective workhorse. Goosebumps everywhere, when the C6 and XM arrived but I had to sit down when I clapped eyes on those CXs. It was – and always will be – my favourite Citroen! The black GTi Turbo 2 which turned up was once owned by Geoff Matthews - the designer responsible for the CX restyle of 1985.

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I’d like to think a little bit of history was made that day. The endeavour resulted in some breathtaking pictures and reminded us all of the extraordinary cars CitroŽn once made - and why we all love them. Every single one of them is a masterpiece of engineering and design.

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