Raid 1988

300km of Gunbarrelling!

Originally published by the Citroen Car Club of Victoria. …imagine a road made of speed bumps … IMAGINE A ROAD MADE OF SPEED BUMPS. Millions of them, one after another, each about 10cm high. Then fill the gutter in between with bulldust so fine it can filter into every nook and cranny of a car. Add a few stony sections with rocks sharp enough to slash car tyres, and throw in the odd washaway for excitement. Put it somewhere hot; the sort of heat where a driver can sweat off a litre every hour. Now stretch the road out over three hundred kilometers, and entice people to drive on it by giving it the respectable title of “highway.” You’ve got the Gunbarrel. The sort of road most Australians have seen on TV and most Europeans have never dreamed of. A road to shake the fillings out of your teeth. “It’s crazy,” Olaf Baumann from Solingen, West Germany, said. “We tried every speed from 10 km/ h to 90 km/h to make it better. It’s always the same. Dutchman Rene Goedel didn’t think his 1971 Mehari would survive. “I had the feeling with the corrugations that the whole thing would shatter,…

Impressions of Raid 1988

First published By Rob Norton in The Citroën News, Citroën Owners Association of Western Australia. RAID AUSTRALIA’88 HAS COME AND GONE, but the memory lingers on, and on! It all started at a very low key meeting between Paul Bland and myself, back in 1983. We decided to try to arrange a world wide event starting from Perth and ending in Sydney. We had various route options, and part of our first questionnaire sent out was “What kind of roads do you want?” “The rougher the better,” came the reply from overseas. The response from Australia was not what you could call enthusiastic or supportive. Undaunted, Paul went to the Australian National meeting at Ballarat and laid out what we had done so far and how we saw the event taking place. The other Australian clubs said they would actively participate within their states. We then managed to book into the world calendar of 2CV events which seems to have got a bit out of tune, with Raids going off in all directions and often clashing with each other or some other major event. Slowly, the beast took shape, with some 250 people world-wide showing interest. We formulated a route…

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