Citroën has a long history of involvement
in motor sport, which started in the 1920s and continues today with
Citroen's highly successful involvement in the World Rally Cup. The
2006 WRC Champion is Sebastien Loeb, who drives a Citroën
The great expeditions
It all started in the
1920s when the great André Citroën
decided that endurance rallies would be an excellent way
of demonstrating the performance and reliability of the cars.
The first "Raid Citroën" started
on 17th December 1922, when five cars with rear caterpillar tracks
set off to cross the Sahara. Twelve weeks later they completed
the journey, having driven over 4,300 miles in 40 days of travel.
The next adventure was in 1924/5 named La
Croisière Noire, this route went from the Mediterranean to Madagascar.
Then came an
expedition to Asia - La
Croisière Jaune - the route went from Paris to Peking, a distance of
8,000 miles that took the participants through some extremely dangerous
The last expedition was in western Canada
in the autumn of 1934. Named La
Croisière Blanche, the
route went through Alberta and British Columbia. It took
the participants into wild unmapped areas, where
the conditions were so dreadful that for the first time an expedition had to
In the 1960s Citroën organised 2CV Rally ‘Raids’,
which were endurance races over thousands of miles across continents.
These races were keenly contested by as many as hundreds of 2CVs
Then in the 1970s came 2CV Cross – off-road
racing for 2CVs, once again organised by Citroën and attended
by thousands of enthusiastic spectators across Europe. Today a
2CV Cross championship still takes place in France, the meetings
are well attended by contestants and spectators.
2CV Circuit Racing
In the 1980s 2CV circuit racing started in
France and Belgium. The first 2CV 24-hour race was organised
at the world-famous Spa Francorchamps circuit in Belgium. This
race is now in its 22nd year, with contestants travelling from
from all over Europe to take part.
In 1988 a handful of motor-sport loving
2CV drivers went from the UK to see the race
at Spa Francorchamps and came back amazed and keen to start racing.
The 2CV Racing Club was set up and the first UK race took place
at Mallory Park in 1989.
If you would like to explore
the history of Citroen and its cars, go to the official Citroen
web site www.citroen.com where
you will find some excellent information and photographs in the
History section under the heading The Adventure.