Christmas has come and gone and considering it's rained pretty much every day, we've still managed to take Babette, our 1964 2CV AZAM, out for a few rides.
We only purchased Babette in mid-November so it's all very new. Each journey we push a little further as our confidence grows and as we learn to manage and anticipate what's past each corner.
The main challenge is the engine. Yes, a 425cc engine which releases a whopping 18 horse power is something you need to learn to use in the most efficient way. It's also wise to avoid the bigger/faster roads. I used to own a 602cc 29hp 2CV about ten years ago and that was already challenging... so a 425cc is something else!
Back in 1964, roads were very different and so was other drivers' patience and attitude. With that in mind, it's wise to stay away from motorways and fast traffic.
And that brings us to the Dorset factor.
Yes Dorset is a beautiful region but one with countless hills. This means we often find ourselves creating long queues of traffic as we struggle in 2nd gear to reach the top of the hill.
We are never in a rush when aboard the 2CV and it's a joy to drive and enjoy the scenery. But there have been occasions, luckily on small country lanes when we've had to drop from 2nd to 1st gear to make it to the top.
The feeling of achievement is quite something.
We may be going nowhere fast but we're doing it with a massive smile on our faces!