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    Found this little article this afternoon and thought it was worth sharing. It's a shame there isn't more information and photographs.

    http://blog.retro-classics.co.nz/?p=3825



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    Nice find!

    Of course, a DS has "raced" and won at Phillip Island a bit more recently!

    September 2005 I was officiating at the State Race meeting at PI for the Mini Club (my other passion).

    Part of the deal is a 20 minute Regularity event at the end of the day for Officials, preferably in Minis but exceptions can be made).

    I took part in the DS as a shake down before the Ampol rerun in 2006.

    Moby Dick was the most consistent around the track, so I lost the least number of points and won the event!

    I wrote it up for the CCCV Magazine, might as well share it here.

    Mind you, it's hard to concentrate on enjoying a flat out fang when laughing hysterically all the while!

    Just realised I posted this way back then. Try here for the picture: Citroen DS Wins at Phillip Island!

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    You will note that the photograph has an EJ Holden with even more go-faster stripes in front of the DS, was it in the same class?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kim Luck View Post
    You will note that the photograph has an EJ Holden with even more go-faster stripes in front of the DS, was it in the same class?
    I am assuming that the letters on the cars are denoting class. The text states that the "Citroen went on to take 3rd in Class A, behind a Studebaker Lark, a Zephyr but ahead of a Valiant."

    The Holden appears to be in Class B, though the grey motor was 2,260cc and the car weighed 1130kg. The Studebaker was 2,779cc and 1,311kg but in the same class as the Citroen so goodness knows how the classes were arranged. Maybe on wheelbase!

    The Mini shows Class D.
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    I'm thinking that in those early days of production car racing the basic tenet might have been price?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pottsy View Post
    Nice find!

    Of course, a DS has "raced" and won at Phillip Island a bit more recently!

    September 2005 I was officiating at the State Race meeting at PI for the Mini Club (my other passion).

    Part of the deal is a 20 minute Regularity event at the end of the day for Officials, preferably in Minis but exceptions can be made).

    I took part in the DS as a shake down before the Ampol rerun in 2006.

    Moby Dick was the most consistent around the track, so I lost the least number of points and won the event!

    I wrote it up for the CCCV Magazine, might as well share it here.

    Mind you, it's hard to concentrate on enjoying a flat out fang when laughing hysterically all the while!

    Just realised I posted this way back then. Try here for the picture: Citroen DS Wins at Phillip Island!

    Cheers, Pottsy
    Thanks for that Pottsy. A shame there aren't more pictures. Looks like great fun!

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    great stuff.
    Im going to use this link to show the unbelievers tht D's didnt/wont break if you treat them a little rough..
    PS Id rather take my D's in a race than my Mini.
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    Great shot.

    I think DS regularly "showed up" other car owners in these sorts of events back in the day. My father still tells me about a DS that used to be a member of the Kingsgrove Car Club in Sydney and it would effortlessly beat everyone on their motorkhana days!

    There are shots of DS racing at Bathurst out there somewhere.

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    Having being born in Victoria and living there for 23 years. I remember the first and subsequent Armstrong 500's. If my memory serves me correct, it was John Roxborough and co-driver that won in a Vauxhall Cresta. There was a 6' 3" dutchman driving a Mini, but I think that was the second 500.
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