It's not that I'm annoyed by it, more slightly irritated.
'It' being what? I hear you ask.
Well I've counted at least 4 times this month when some celebrity (Chef or Other) has grappled with the perfectly easy to use gear knob on a Citroén 2cv.
"Oh I used to have one of these!"
Indeed in the chevron classic car corner for Citroén at the time I was last driving around in 'Meredith' (1992) was the DS (Gallic Goddess) and the SM.
Many an afternoon I spent under the arches on Chelsea Bridge road (Retro-mobile) hanging my nose over a variety of DS's for sale.
My first 2cv was purchased in mmm, well around 1985.
I met Meradith in 1986/7 In Bristol Street Motors on Mansfield Road in Nottingham.
With 2 days of MOT left on my gold Fiat X19 which had a terminal case of rust which meant I had to prop open one headlight with a piece of wood. This worked well until i went over a bump, then she would wink.
Don't get me wrong I loved that fiat, but with one day left on the MOT I part exchanged it for Meradith.
I had Meradith for many years, I went on my honeymoon In her!
Then 6 months before my divorce (93?) she was gone. Sold for 6 pieces of silver.
In the condition she was In, and with a full Citroen Charlie service record.
Today I would value her around £8-10,000
I would love another one yes. I even checked to see if Meradith was still on the DVLA data base.
She didn't make it.
Now it don't take much to know that reuniting one man with a red 2cv don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world.
What about me?
Well I'll always have driving Meradith through the tunnel In Monte Carlo.
With a smile on my face from rive to gauche, or was it gauche to rive......