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Old 1st June 2019, 11:35 AM
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I have been told that if you have an accident on the roundabout at L' Arc de Triomphe, any car insurance is invalid.
Now, I know the reasons why.
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Old 1st June 2019, 12:08 PM
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I have been told that if you have an accident on the roundabout at L' Arc de Triomphe, any car insurance is invalid.
Now, I know the reasons why.
I suspect that might be an urban myth,
Have a look at this video and it's not peak hour. (Do you remember Plastic Betrand?)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENfzqiSpUoo
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Old 1st June 2019, 12:38 PM
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"Do you remember Plastic Betrand?"

Part of the sound track of my youth, although the majority was pub rock, Painters & Dockers, Saints etc.
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Old 1st June 2019, 12:48 PM
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Yes I do Benzboy and I also know what the lyrics are . Apparently Radiators are playing next weekend in Queanbeyan.
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Not the same in English https://lyricstranslate.com/en/Ca-Pl...e-Por-Moi.html

Yam! Bam!)
(My cat "Splash")
rests on my bed
has eaten her language
By drinking (tronc=trunk but this could be a sound, too) my whisky
concerning me
slept little, exhausted, teased
I have had to sleep in the gutter
Where I've had a flash
Hou! Hou! Hou! Hou!
In four colours

Come on!
One morning
A darling (oruppy) came toward me
Doll (or: female) from cellophane
chinese hair
a patch
A snout of wood
has drunken my beer
In a big glass
of caoutchouc
Hou! Hou! Hou! Hou!
Like an Indian in his iglu

It slides for me
It slides for me
It slides for me me me me me
It slides for me
Hou! Hou! Hou! Hou!
It slides for me

Come on! The girl
what a foot!
What a vibration!
Of sending itself
To the floor mat
Rasped, ruined, exhausted, satisfied
"You are the king of the divan!"
That's what she said to me while passing by
Hou! Hou! Hou! Hou!
I am the King of the divan

It slides for me
It slides for me
It slides for me me me me me
It slides for me
Hou! Hou! Hou! Hou!
It slides for me

Come on!
Get busy
alarm yourself
Don't touch my planet
It's not today
That the sky falls on my head
And that I will miss the alcohol
Hou! Hou! Hou! Hou!
It slides for me

Come on! My girl
has streched herself
has closed herself
Finally it's enough of hiding everything
the sink, the bar leave me alone
like a big idiot
Hou! Hou! Hou! Hou!
The foot in the plate
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Old 1st June 2019, 01:33 PM
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And a different translation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jp2KV4vx5tI
Must be played loud through big speakers and see how many of the neighbours remember places like the University Club disco Ö..
Ca plane pour moi is quite ambiguous; and a great pick up line.
oops - this is supposed to be about Citroen....
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Oh my god, I'd forgotten this one!
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When you drive a DS you appreciate that the supposed lack of power is less significant than it appears on paper. With a heavy cast iron (?) flywheel the motor keeps spinning freely and the compensatory behaviour smooths out the impact of small inclines etc. The excellent Cx factor enables the car to slice through the atmosphere rather than confront it head-on like a Benz design of the time. National cultural differences perhaps?
The DS makes an outstanding cruising car; it does not make a sports car. French motoring is not about speed; it's about comfort and not shaking up that wonderful Bordeaux red in the boot. If you wanted speed at the time of the DS you went to Italy to shop.
Agree with Brian here, the engine power is adequate for the car. its a cruiser not a sports car and to me the semi-automatic gearbox is a big part of this, if you need to go up a hill you're back a gear with a flick of the wrist. It is a very smooth cruising car. I think the DS would have been interesting with the flat six they originally planned, as it would be much smoother than a four, which can be a bit coarse when pushed.

Only the very early cars were underpowered, by the time the five bearing engines came they were adequate. My car is happy to cruise at 120km/h and has power in reserve.

An engine swap would not be so easy as you need the high pressure hydraulic pump and it needs to be mounted backwards from normal with the transmission in front of the engines and ancillaries running of a camshaft pulley.
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I owned a Manual CX in the 90's I don't have anything against the real Citroen's
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Iíve never had the pleasure of sitting in any Citroen.
Even on my wife & I trips to Europe we always seem to score Opel, Fiat or Peugeot from Avis or Hertz.
After reading all of this, I sure wouldnít mind having a spin in one of these iconic classic cars.
There is a true love of these cars I can see here with you boys, I read the fondness and good memories you have all had with these cars over the years.
Seems you all have a real nice soft spot for them, and thatís great.

Brian May remember a while ago I posted some pics of a fleet (about a dozen) of Citroen assembled outside the hotel we were staying at while in Sicily.
They were all heading off on some type of rally.

Brian quickly identified them as a Citroen SM.
Boy, that V6 sure had a unique sound, especially all of them running and heading off together.

Quite a unique looking car thats for sure, very quirky.
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Iíve never had the pleasure of sitting in any Citroen.
Even on my wife & I trips to Europe we always seem to score Opel, Fiat or Peugeot from Avis or Hertz.
After reading all of this, I sure wouldnít mind having a spin in one of these iconic classic cars.
There is a true love of these cars I can see here with you boys, I read the fondness and good memories you have all had with these cars over the years.
Seems you all have a real nice soft spot for them, and thatís great.

Brian May remember a while ago I posted some pics of a fleet (about a dozen) of Citroen assembled outside the hotel we were staying at while in Sicily.
They were all heading off on some type of rally.

Brian quickly identified them as a Citroen SM.
Boy, that V6 sure had a unique sound, especially all of them running and heading off together.

Quite a unique looking car thats for sure, very quirky.

The SM has the DS hydraulics with a sporty body and a Maserati v6 engine. Citroen owned Maserati at the time and this engine was designed by them and later modified for use in the Merak. Unusual for a v6, it is a 90degree unit, probably so they could built it on the same production line as the v8s.

It also had the DIRAVI steering better known in the CX. This system is a variable one with only two turns to lock and with a self centering feature.

The aerodynamics are even better than the DS so it goes much better than the 2.7 v6 would have you assume.

Sadly they never offered the semi automatic transmission from the DS, you either got a 5 speed manual or a borg warner 3 speed.

There were never officially made in RHD, but quite a number have been converted.
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This SM comes to Cars and Coffee in Canberra regularly . Included DS Safari
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The SM is a great looking car.
Reminds me of Commander Ed Strakers car from the 70ís TV show UFO.

I need to look more closely at these beautiful cars, the DS in particular.

Gents,
Thank you for educating me on a car that has never been on my radar.
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