Vive la REVolution

In 2019, RACQ Motorfest will celebrate 100 years of Citroën

Daring, unique, unconventional – these are just a few of the words used to describe Citroën, one of the world’s most revolutionary car manufacturers. 

Founded in 1919 by French industrialist André-Gustave Citroën, the manufacturer left its mark on the automotive industry by the way of technological advancements, creating the world’s first hydropneumatic self-levelling suspension system, swivel headlights and the first mass-produced cars with modern disc brakes. 

But the manufacturer's highest honour came in 1999, when Citroën was recognised in the Car of the Century competition for producing the third-most influential car of the 20th century, the Citroën DS.

On Sunday, 14 July, RACQ MotorFest will celebrate 100 years of Citroën at Eagle Farm Racecourse.

Headlining the day will be a 1962 Citroën ID19, featured on the MotorFest badge, owned by Citroën enthusiast William Hastie. 

“I am honoured it was chosen as the hero car for MotorFest 2019,” he said. 

“I was really quite surprised and chuffed.”

Mr Hastie said what he loved most about the Citroën was its unique styling, colour, soft ride and suspension. 

“The French have always been big into style and that’s a reflection of their national identity in the car,” he said. 

“In the past, cars of all countries and brands were quite distinctive and had a much greater differentiation between them. 

“These days, cars all look the same and over time they have lost the trademark features that make them unique.

“But that’s the appeal of old cars like the Citroën – they’re unique, turn heads and get favourable comments wherever they go.”

See the Citroën alongside hundreds of other vintage, veteran, classic and special interest cars, along with the winners of Top Model 2019 and family favourites including entertainment, markets, kids’ rides and food stalls at MotorFest.

Gates open at 10am, with festivities continuing until 3pm.

Free off-street parking is available and entry costs $2, with all gate takings to be donated to the RACQ Foundation’s 2019 Flood Assistance Project to help farmers in north-west Queensland. 

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