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July 13th, 2003, 10:55 PM


Naturally, the food was great

However, while masters of the culinary arts, the same cannot be said for automotive engineering.

July 14th, 2003, 12:27 AM
That Deux Chevaux in the foreground was one seriously practical car: Green before it was fashionable.

Consider: the car was air cooled (no radiator), had two cylinders, twelve horsepower, went 55 miles per gallon at a top speed of 55 miles per hour (more if you could get into the slipstream of a tractor-trailer). All Deux Chevaux were sort of convertibles: the top rolled back like a sardine can for fun in the sun or transporting small refrigerators. It helped in this regard that the front and rear seats could be lifted out for use as picnic benches, and before you put them back in you could hose down the inside of the car with its rubber mats. The car's obsessive minimalism produced such gems as: windshield wipers driven by the speedometer cable (stopped at a light, you had to work the wipers manually), a crank for when the battery went dead, flip-up windows instead of roll-downs, and the absolute piece de resistance, which was a ventilation system that consisted of a cranked flap at the base of the windshield that would blow air directly on your face if you were moving forward. In addition, the car featured a dipstick to check your fuel level and an amazingly soft though active ride. This, front wheel drive when almost no cars had it, and high ground clearance allowed it to be used by French farmers to transport baguettes, wine, loads of manure and themselves deep into their rutted fields. A more utilitarian car was never designed.

After selling millions, the last of these pre-war designed gems was built in Portugal about a decade ago.

(Edited by ablarc at 12:30 am on July 14, 2003)

(Edited by ablarc at 12:32 am on July 14, 2003)

July 14th, 2003, 05:47 AM
That car's a cult classic. But I don't think it's a "deuche", or is it? Maybe they had different designs.

July 14th, 2003, 07:06 AM
The car is a 1964 Citroen 2CV (or "Deux Chevaux", two [taxable] horses). The headlights have been slightly modified to meet U.S. regulations. This makes the car look even more bugeyed than it might otherwise. The bumper guard is an option wisely selected for use in North America. This car not only looks like a sardine can; it is also built like one. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * The car in the background is also a Citroen, this time a DS19, truly a marvel of advanced, sophisticated French engineering. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

(Edited by ablarc at 7:12 am on July 14, 2003)

July 14th, 2003, 10:21 AM
Couple nice shots of AOL. *I went to this last year, it was ok, but I thought the one on Smith St. was a bit better. *Anyone go to this one? *Or the on on the LES?

July 14th, 2003, 10:29 AM
They have one on Smith St, in Brooklyn?
I'll remember that next year.

July 14th, 2003, 12:46 PM
A Times article in today's paper said the one on the LES on Orchard St. was good except they couldn't find any French people there.


I was there on 60th St. yesterday a little later in the day - yummy food. They do something on MacDougal St. too.

July 14th, 2003, 02:36 PM
Yeah, the one on Smith was pretty cool and there were quite a bit of French there. *There are actually a lot of French in BK now, especially Ft. Greene. *There's a new bistro open every week it seems!

July 14th, 2003, 03:12 PM
Europeans will have their 4th of July next year.
It'll be on May 9.
I don't know why that date was chosen.