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    Default Celebrating 60+ years of French cars in the family!

    My wife, bought a Peugeot 4008 2016 model on the weekend. That car's build date was June 2016. Our first Peugeot was a 403 bought by my dad at the 1956 Paris Motor Show, almost exactly 60 years earlier. It subsequently got stuck in the Suez Canal, during the 1956 crisis, while my parents returned to Australia, and I first came here (having been born in the UK) , via South Africa, in the same year. There have ALWAYS been French cars in our family ever since.

    The first 403 I travelled in, in late 1956 or early 1957, was a "stand in" for our French origin vehicle. Soon after, though, early 1957(?) NSW reg 403 BFN-688 survived the blockade and made it to Sydney. I was 4 & hey!, I loved the big Peugeot Lion on the bonnet. Sad when I learnt that "safety regs" had required its toothy removal from that time on!

    We owned that Peugeot until we returned to England in 1962. MY uncle had our 403 until we returned in 1964, but dad bought a new 403 (hugely modern 1964 403B!) when we got back. Reg NSW DNL 332! Ultimately it was the car I learnt to drive in in 1969! After I sadly rolled it on Forest Way, French's Forest in 1971 or 1972 (freaked out about hitting kids in an oncoming car after hitting a puddle in the old 15"x590 cross-plies that all 403s wore in those days in Aus) the rust was a bit much, and I had to get a new one, for $350 , from somewhere near Canterbury in Sydney. Drove it to Alice Springs in 1975, and back to Melbourne via Darwin, Broome, Port Headland, Perth etc in 1980. By this time,. I should add , I was a dab hand at head replacement, valve jobs, water pumps, clutches, gear boxes, suspension mods, etc etc, on any 403, and quite a few other cars too!

    But dragging a failing car into Melbourne the day before I had to fly BACK to Alice Springs for an appearance as an "expert witness" there in 1980 made me modernise, and so my first 404 arrived! Huge 1600 cc, slant 4 motor Moved to North Carlton. Trouble was my soon to become wife (she still is) found a blue tongue lizard living in the boot there in 1985. So I moved "up market" and bought a Citroen DSpecial. One of the last. Late 1974/75 model. 2 litre. Truly glorious car ! Truly loved every minute of its, even when it was getting way too long in the tooth. managed to get the old 403 back when we moved to Kew ( and a garage with a pit!) but the Citroen remained my Primary vehicle through the Yorta Yorta Native Title Claim etc through to the late 1990s! My wife had bought a Renault 12 in about 1990 when she learned to drive. Soon after we moved to Hurstbridge (where we still live) in 1992. Linda's Renault had been replaced with a Volvo 244 sedan (until I seriously damaged it hitting a roo a km from our house) , but I still had the D Special .

    The Yorta Yorta Native Title claim wor=e out my beloved Citroen, though, and I had to replace it with a 1987 Peug 505 SW. Older daughter had her own 504 by then! Dingbat down the road t-boned the 407, and I eventually ended upon with another, slightly older, model, before getting the 406 SD 1997 (a truly glorious car) and then the 407 2.7 SV HDi (another truly glorious car that is my "daily driver" still). In the mean time Linda had a lovely Seat Cordoba, followed by a 306 XSi, followed by a 307 XSE, followed by Zelda (the 2006 407 2.7 HDi sedan I now use while doing up Pierre) followed by her lovely new 2016 4008!! Younger daughter is now on her third Peug ( a 2011 308 diesel) after inheriting her mum's 307 XSe a few years back when Zelda arrived!

    So 60 years + of owning, being driven in, or driving, Peugeots and other French cars!

    We wouldn't swap it for the world!

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    Brilliant Rod!


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    So what was a UK born person doing with the Yorta Yorta Title claim? A few hundred years ago another Pom planted a flag at Far Kurnell (these days referred to as Kurnell for short) on the banks of Botany Bay and claimed the whole continent for the Poms.

    I reckon those Yorta Yorta people would have been able to get your Citroen going again. They are brilliant bush mechanics.

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    Parents were both AUS born, JBN. I appeared during a “working holiday” in UK. I became first Anthropologist employed full time on land rights stuff in Aus when I joined Central Land Council in NT in 1975. Most of my working life, aprt from a stint in the late 80s, has been with Indigenous People in what we now call NT, SA, Victoria, NSW and QLD, on land and resource matters. Yes Yorta Yorta were good mechanics. Not a patch on remote NT, SA and QLD mobs though! Don’t tell ‘em. They’ll kill me!
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