What sort of race car is a 1954 Citroen Traction Avant? – Mick Stupka tells us all

I have just come back from the Phillip Island circuit where I watched the Island Magic meeting.

Not the biggest race meeting at the racetrack.  It is made for those who love to race with the only spectators being family and friends.  The events range from formula V open wheelers to Sport cars including Lamborghinis, Lotuses, BMWs and Audis.

I was there because Overdrive’s Fred Brain had his 1969 Monaro GTS in the Historic Sport Car Category.  We will talk to Fred next week.

One of the other competitors in the class was Mick Stupka in the oldest car at the event.  We sat in his support truck for a chat and I asked him to describe his racing vehicle.

I had a chat with Mick about the Citroen and some of his other adventures.

A summary of some of the things he said includes:

  • Built in 1954
  • Upgraded for racing in the 60s
  • After some years racing sat idle for 30 years till Mick bought it
  • Front-wheel drive but the engine is north/south with gearbox ahead of the engine
  • Historic motor racing is mostly about the comradery and sometimes the races almost get in the way
  • The Citroen feels different on every lap as things heat up, the brakes fade and other things change
  • Phillip Island is a sweeping circuit with high speeds. A lot of times you are in fourth (top) gear. High winds can add to the adventure especially if you are in a big car.
  • Other cars he has driven: Hill Mini, a Volvo, Amazon, and Cortina.

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David’s boyhood passion for motor cars did not immediately lead to a professional role in the motor industry. A qualified Civil Engineer he specialised in traffic engineering and transport planning. What followed were various positions including being seconded to a government think-tank for the planning of transport firstly in Sydney and then for the whole of NSW. After working with the NRMA and as a consultant he moved to being an independent writer and commentator on the broader areas of transport and the more specific areas of the cars we drive. His half hour motoring program “Overdrive” has been described as an “informed, humorous and irreverent look at motoring and transport from Australia and overseas”. It is heard on 22 stations across Australia. He does weekly interviews with several ABC radio stations and is also heard on commercial radio in Sydney. David has written for metropolitan and regional newspapers and has presented regular segments on metropolitan and regional television stations. David is also a contributor for AnyAuto