One of the great things about owning a classic car - especially a particularly attractive classic French car in France - is that people are happy to see you.
Yesterday we went to Valençay in Célestine to attend a car Bourse d'Echange (swap meet) at the auto museum. On Thursday we were told about the meet, and that the team from "Traction Universelle" would be there - including the man who knows all about Traction electricals. We have been meaning to join the club (the French equivalent of the Traction Owners Club) ever since Célestine arrived in the family, but have just not got around to it.
We are glad we did - as we arrived we were directed (and guided) into a parking place right next to the gate, which meant that everybody attending had to walk past our car - many stopping to take photos. It also meant that all the Tractionistas who visited the Traction Universelle stand (which was just inside the gate) stopped to say hello.
He was most interested in the fact that we have had the dynamo replaced by a 6 volt alternator, and took several photographs. Then he introduced us to Dan and Marie-Chris, who have several Tractions, including a 1954 Traction called Camille, almost identical to Célestine, that they have taken to Australia and Africa. We had lunch with them and heard all about their voyage from Sydney to Darwin. Later we met Gilles and Elisabeth and got Jean-Louis to swap Célestine's failing clockwork indicator mechanism for an electronic one that he has developed. Gilles has one on his Traction and highly recommended it. Gilles is one of those people who has a tool for everything in the back of his car, and lent us the necessary spanner for disconnecting the battery while the changeover was effected. This was offered after Jean-Louis' expression of quickly disguised incredulity that we couldn't produce a spanner from Célestine's boot (we are clearly not quite serious enough yet). So now Célestine's indicators have gone from a lethargic fading in and out to a spritely flicking on and off.