Few marques have lost their way quite like Citroen. They were once the mad uncle of France’s motoring family. Dalliances with Maserati, innovative engineering and graceful designs meant that from the ’60s to the late ’80s they created cars we loved, and even if we didn’t always buy them, we always respected them. And now their idea of innovation is the ruddy Cactus, yet another diesel box of dullness. Let’s look back at their zenith which, for us, is epitomised by this advert for the 168BHP CX GTi turbo. There’s no plot. It features the loopiest of ’80s fruitcakes, Grace Jones, a giant revolving head in the desert and dubbed on tyre squeal. At the time the French authorities were discouraging irresponsibility in advertising and, inevitably, all the grown-ups complained when this ad was aired. Citroen knew this would happen and that’s why we admired them. They celebrate the excitement, recklessness and beauty of speeding technology. Pop the kettle on and watch this. Actually, forget tea, pour a pint of absinthe and try and make sense of this marvellous madness;

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Rich Duisberg

Rich Duisberg* has had work published in Classic & Sportscar, Practical Performance Car, Modern Mini, Banzai, MogMag, Evo, GT Porsche, Complete Kit Car, Absolute Lotus, Alternative Cars, Classic Retro Modern, and elsewhere. Rich often appears on CBS’s XCAR and Carfection channels, and Motors TV, plus JayEmm on Cars, enthusing about historic motoring. His latest book (find his work on Amazon) was described by SniffPetrol as "hilarious", although he was also threatened with legal action by elderly DJ Tim Westwood. In his Midlands man cave is a 1972 Fiat 500, a Lotus Elise, a BMW barge and a vintage Royal Enfield pushbike. Previous machines of interest include an Mk1 MX5 (owned for 14 years!), an Alfa GTV6, a Porsche 968 and a Sinclair C5. The Metro (right) was bought for an experiment, and abandoned in Africa. "I am not getting in a car with him" -  said Le Mans winner, Derek Bell. *A nom-de-plume inspired by the BBC's League of Gentlemen.

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