In the last installment of a StreetSafari ArtCar we showed you the Citroen 1CV. We even left a cliff hanger! How’s that for blogging?
The long and short of it is that Mr Ducks, owner of the Duck, knows these cars like the back of his hand. Which he should since he hand builds these things from scratch.
So whenever he goes missing on an event we don’t unduly worry. He’s probably in some town somewhere repairing the Duck. Doesn’t matter what it is, he can repair it 9/10. No problems at all.
Even when teams tell us in the evening “it looked terminal”, short of the car being on fire, we tell them that he’ll make it, and most times he turns up late into the evening looking worse for wear, looking a bit grimier, but with a great story to tell (we think – as we don’t know Czech).
On this particular event, he had genuinely gone missing though. But again, we weren’t too concerned as he’ll pop out somewhere. Which is exactly what he did. At the end in Prague, in a proper Citroen 2CV. Which was odd. He was sporting a rather large plaster on his head as well. This can only end well.
He then proceeded to show us the following pictures. He even brought a translator for the evening.
The outcome was that when a crate fell out of the back of an Italian lorry, all the cars dived left and right, including the Duck.
But with a suspension travel in excess of 12 inches, the car simply flipped over, rolled 4 times, and spilled it’s contents across an Italian Autostrada. As he was off the main route, no one on the rally had actually seen what had happened.
The Italians put him in hospital overnight before flying him back to Prague the following day. The day after he drove into Prague (not far from his home) to see us, and tell us about his great adventure.