Because the Memorial Day weekend in the US started, an up to date 1956 Citroen Traction Avant 11B started a journey that can take it from Aulnay-sous-Bois close to Paris to Alaska after which down the Pan-American Freeway to Ushuaia on the southern tip of Argentina.
The first driver of the Citroen Terra America Journey is Fanny Adam, “a curious and decided younger entrepreneur,” in line with Citroen, which is sponsoring the expedition by means of its historic arm, L’Aventure Citroën.
“Conscious of the plight of the indigenous inhabitants, and keen to fulfill new individuals and revel in uncommon journeys, the Physician of Science (Adam) is setting off on a singular journey that she has chosen to make in a Traction Avant,” Citroen explains in its information launch.
“She found and fell in love with the automobile by means of Gérard d’Aboville, who rowed solo throughout the Atlantic in 1980 and the Pacific in 1991 and has competed in numerous rallies, together with three Paris-Dakars, certainly one of them on a motorcycle. Gérard has been driving a Traction Avant since he was 18. Fanny, his colleague, obtained the possibility to find the automobile and borrowed it to compete in a regularity rally and to journey the roads of Europe.”
With Gérard’s assist, the automobile getting used has been up to date with a dependable engine, extra snug and in addition safer seats, and even a heater for the chilly temperatures anticipated in Alaska.
For the drive from Alaska to Los Angeles, Adam will likely be joined by
Gaëlle Paillart, described by Citroen as “a sportswoman with a ardour for touring and a strong scientific background.”
“Sport journey has develop into a lifestyle for her,” the automaker mentioned of Paillart.
Taking Paillart’s place for the journey from Los Angeles by means of Mexico, Central America and South America, will likely be Maéva Bardy, a reporter and documentary filmmaker who “often participates in scientific expeditions as an on board correspondent.”
One function of the expedition is to deliver consideration to indigenous individuals encountered through the 40,000-kilometer journey by means of 14 international locations. The automobile will likely be shipped by sea from France to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, the place Adams and Paillart will start their drive in July. The journey, to be finished in three phases, is scheduled to succeed in the tip of Argentina in January 2023.
The drive additionally celebrates the legacy of Andre Citroen, who, amongst different such adventures, explored the Sahara by vehicle.
“Conceived and undertaken by André Citroën from the Nineteen Twenties onwards, the expeditions bear witness to the significance of the automobile as a way of exploring the world and bringing individuals collectively,” the French firm mentioned in its announcement.
“As we speak we’re kicking off a problem like these organized by André Citroën,” mentioned Stephane Barbat, Citroen’s head of partnership applications. “The Citroën Terra America Journey has all of the substances to stir the creativeness as a lot because the Citroën cruises as soon as did.”
“Our group works to protect, share and convey to life the fabulous historical past of Citroën, which has revolutionized the auto business since 1919,” added Xavier Crespin, managing director of L’Aventure Peugeot Citroen DS. “We’re delighted to help this venture with the assistance of golf equipment world wide.”
Citroen’s Traction Avant is a legendary automobile, that includes front-wheel drive, all-steel monocoque structure, hydraulic brakes and 4-wheel impartial suspension.
“Launched in 1934, the Traction Avant’s robustness and mechanical simplicity make it a outstanding rallying automobile even at this time, greater than 80 years later,” Citroen famous. “As well as, its enchantment has grown through the years, in France and world wide.”
“The aesthetic attraction of the Traction Avant will likely be an actual asset for the spontaneous and optimistic contacts it would generate,” Adam was quoted.
“Apart from these encounters and their accounts, which they are going to disseminate broadly, the 2 ladies will journey on a legendary street, the Pan-American Freeway, with its extraordinary sociological, geographical and climatic contrasts,” Citroen mentioned. “They are going to journey throughout the splendid pure landscapes of the Americas, together with the historic websites of the Mayan and Inca civilizations and gorgeous megalopolises, in addition to the peaceable street crossings. The expedition will function a real parallel between fashionable civilization and indigenous tradition.”
The primary part of the journey (Alaska to Los Angeles) is scheduled from July to September. Mexico and Central America will likely be coated from January to Might 2022 and the journey by means of South America is scheduled for October 2022 to January 2023.
Citroen homeowners golf equipment (L’Amicale Citroen Internationale) will likely be concerned with the drive’s progress and can present logistical help and native contacts as vital alongside the route, and the Traction Avant will likely be joined by different traditional autos in sections of the journey.
“As with the Vendée Globe crusing race, fanatics will be capable of observe the automobile’s progress stay on a map by way of satellite tv for pc relay and revel in an unprecedented immersive expertise of the expedition via the pictures, movies and tales despatched often alongside the journey,” Citroen added.
To take action, go to the expedition web site.
A former every day newspaper sports activities editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek journal earlier than making the transition to writing for the net and changing into the writer of greater than 15 automotive books. Along with being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Occasions and The Detroit Information and was an adjunct honors professor on the Walter Cronkite Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State College.