Os-car hopefuls or spare parts?
PUBLISHED: 14:34 25 May 2006 | UPDATED: 10:14 06 May 2010
THEY are among the stars of the controversial film The Da Vinci Code but their identity remains as mysterious as the film itself. They have no name and are now back at their home in Arlesey and certainly have no comment to make about their brush with star
THEY are among the stars of the controversial film The Da Vinci Code but their identity remains as mysterious as the film itself.
They have no name and are now back at their home in Arlesey and certainly have no comment to make about their brush with stardom.
The stars in question are three vehicles, all Citroen GS models from the 1970s that have been restored to pristine condition and are housed at a local garage.
The film makers were trying to recreate authentic scenes of Paris in the 1970s in Peterborough and they were desperate to have vehicles from that decade.
A check on the website of the Chevronic Centre, based on the Old Oak Industrial Estate, hit the jackpot and a quick phone call saw them strike a deal to sign up the cars.
The vehicles belong to the company's owner, Robert Moss, from Cowslip Hill, Letchworth GC, who was only too happy for his beloved cars to become stars.
"We had a phone call from out of the blue saying the film makers wanted vehicles to re-create Paris in the 1970s. Our three Citroens are all from the 70s and before long they were being carried off on a low loader to be filmed," said the garage's spares specialist Trevor Szynk, from Mullway, Letchworth GC.
"When people see the film they should watch out for the silver and two green Citroens. They are the cars from Arlesey. They went to be filmed in pristine condition and returned without a scratch.
"This is the first time any of our cars have been used in a film but the silver car is famous to all PlayStation fans because it is the graphic Citroen car featured in Grand Tourismo 4."
Chevronic Cars is renowned throughout the world for its production of Citroen spares and repairs, servicing and rebuilding of old Citroen vehicles. In fact it not only makes spares for Citroen vehicles in the UK but exports them back to France where the vehicles were made.
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