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2CV Festival, Forges-les-Eaux

24 July 2017 will see a 2CV Festival Fête de la 2CV in Forges-les-Eaux (76 Seine-Maritime, Normandy).

2CV posterIn French these iconic Citroen cars are known as Deux Cheveaux (2 Horses) or Deuches for short.

The car is a front-engine, front-wheel-drive, air-cooled economy car introduced in 1948 and manufactured by Citroën until 1990.

Conceived to help motorize the large number of farmers still using horses and carts in 1930s France, the 2CV is noted for its minimalist combination of innovative engineering and utilitarian, straightforward metal bodywork. Originally it had canvas seats and a fabric roof, and legend has it that many farmers used it as a chicken shed when finished. Comfortable cornering did not come as standard!

Over 3.8 million 2CVs were produced and it has something of a cult following with numerous clubs and rallies all over France.

Forges-les-Eaux is about 40km east of Rouen, and is known as a Spa Town hence its name (Eaux = waters). The first part of the name, Forges, is derived from the fact that it was an important centre for the mining and manufacturing of iron in Roman times. The second part of its name comes from the therapeutic use of the thermal waters from the sixteenth century onwards. (wikipedia)

For more info on the 2CV Festival see http://sympaticdeuche.free.fr

In Forges-les-Eaux you can stay in a B&B beside two small lakes at Les Chambres du Lac