Susan and Simon of the local Days on the Claise blog drove their vintage Citroën Traction Avant to Saint-Aignan Friday evening, on their way to a Saturday event over near Vierzon. They asked us if they could park Célestine in our driveway, which they prefer to leaving her out in public overnight.
I think Célestine is about 60 years old. Simon or Susan might tell us if I'm mistaken. I hope I'm not being indiscreet about the lady's age... The last Traction car rolled off the assembly line in 1957, apparently. The famous Citroën DS (déesse or goddess) was its successor. My Citroën C4 is only a distant descendant.
Susan and Simon run a business called Loire Valley Time Travel. They design custom tours for people who want to spend a day, or a few days, being driven around French château country in a classic car to see the sights.
I was afraid that the Traction wouldn't fit through our front gate, but I shouldn't have worried. Simon backed the car right in — no muss and no fuss. Célestine is not as wide or as long as she looks in photos.
During the night, Bertie the black cat jumped up on Célestine and walked around on her roof. Luckily, the car was under a cover, as you can see in the first photo above, so the paw prints didn't mar the car's shiny black paint.