Faith.  100 years old, Alain Blazy’s Citroen B2 drives well

Faith. 100 years old, Alain Blazy’s Citroen B2 drives well

Alain Blazy, a retired language teacher, is a true fan of vintage cars. A native of that country now living in the North, he finds his beloved 1921 Citroën B2 in Foix every summer.

At the age of 74, Alain Blazy is a true car enthusiast. And this, from a very young age. The “virus” which therefore did not leave him and which he owes to his uncle, the example of Foix: Roger Delboy, of the well-known shipping company. The son of a county town, the septuagenarian minister lives today in the North, near Lille. However, every summer, this former language teacher never fails to return to his hometown to spend the holidays in the family home. “Being here brings back so many memories, I try to come every year to maintain the place and enjoy the atmosphere.” Also a chance to find his girlfriend a Citroen B2 dating… from 1921! Gem of the century, in good working order. “It is certainly one of the oldest cars still in circulation in Foix, it must be said,” said the septuagenarian, opening the door of his garage. Inside, the centenary glows, its red and black body fully intact. And its owner is full of praise for it. “At that time, this model – 4-seat Torpedo – was rejected for every profession, he says, including the documents of the time. Manufacturers, doctors, lawyers, the reduction was different for each one. I dealt with farmers. , is a Norman woman.” Type of use, with two seats in the front and a tray in the back. “During the week, we can load pots of milk, or animals to go to the market and then on Sunday, we put the chairs back and go for a walk or mass.”

Memories, Alain Blazy has many with this car. “It was my uncle who gave it to me when I came back from England, where I was studying, in 1970, he remembers. He had gone to pick it up in Saint-Girons. At that time, you had to buy extra parts. One was complete, even with an electric starter.”

Two years ago, it still passed technical control

Until then, the septuagenarian doctor had a habit of turning it on with a bang. “Today, I’m a little afraid of hurting myself. So I use a starter.” In two or three steps, he removes the seats, lifts the wooden floor, and connects the battery. After a few revisions, the editor shouts. From the first shot. “It works perfectly. With these machines, the mechanics are simple, there is no electricity. I just changed the parts, and then the tires.” Parts “easy to find” from other enthusiasts. “Two years ago, before I got into a regular car, it was still going through technical inspection! he explains. Well, it was moving so much that you could hear the bolts falling (laughter). We had to check it later. and put everything back.” Today, the septuagenarian has “removed” technical control, and can enjoy a nice walk in the countryside. “I’m still very careful not to go too far, because the problem with these cars is braking, he notes. Today there is more traffic than before, and people driving fast, I can’t drive like that. I avoid going around crowded areas.”

To show that the 100th anniversary really works, the septuagenarian worker takes the direction of Ferrières-sur-Ariège. At every change of pace, the trick seems dangerous. “It screams, it screams, it’s a living car!” He laughs. As he passes, other motorists open their eyes as wide as saucers. Others do not hesitate to let him pass to admire the animal and give a thumbs up. Others stop and share their childhood memories. Madeleine Proust that Alain Blazy cherishes as the apple of his eye.