Citroën rally at Wetherby Racecourse

Citro�n DS' at last year's event at Wetherby Racecourse (s).
Citro�n DS' at last year's event at Wetherby Racecourse (s).

French car enthusiasts from across the UK will arrive at Wetherby Racecourse this weekend for the Citroën Car Club Northern Rally.

The event is the biggest in the north purely for Citroën fans, but all petrolheads and families are welcome to join in the motoring fun.

Crowds are expected at the rally’s showpiece event, as cars of all makes are put through their paces and judged at the Concours competition.

The contest takes place at the main racecourse, and owners can enter their cars to win a number of awards.

Judges will be finalised at the weekend, but David Keeton, of organisers Citroën Car Club Northern Rally, told the Harrogate Advertiser series that Citroën guru Nigel Wild will be present.

David said: “Anybody who wants to enter their car for an award is welcome to do so.

“We welcome any other entrants with cars that are not Citroëns, if they want people to see their car.

“What normally happens is people walk around, have a look at the cars and get a chance to see something they might not ever see on the road.”

He continued: “The director of the national Citroën club Nigel Wild will help judge, he is something of a guru!”

The classes for entry include Best Car in Show, Oldest Car, best Modified Car, Best Working Car, and an award is also handed out to a car judged to be the best by those attending the event.

David told visitors what to expect in terms of the exotica on show.

He said: “There will be a fair few DS cars, as they are the most iconic Citroëns.

“But cars like the H vans and 2CVs tend to arrive in packs, to there will be a chance to see these cars as well.

“Last year, the award for best car went to a 1949 Citroën Traction Avant 15,

“There were 100 cars to be judged last year, and around 270 people were there.

“Hopefully we can get the weather this weekend and get people out to enjoy the show.”

Visitors are expected throughout the weekend, with the action beginning on Saturday with a mystery tour around the Wetherby countryside.

A classic 1969 Citroën H van will provide the base for pizza firm Streatza to feed the anticipated crowds.

Traders at the event will include restoration companies Revive and Dent Devils,

There will also be a technical forum for club members to seek advice.

Admission on Friday and Saturday is free.

Tickets cost £5 for club members and £6 for non-members on Sunday.