The national 2CV in Saint-Dizier welcomes 2500 cars until May 29, 2022. Among them Cocotte driven by Clément and Maximilien Hohler from Hazebrouck in northern France.
It is visible from a distance of its orange color, its Chinese flag hanging from the roof, but especially its bonnet decorated with a peacock and multicolored Pakistani ornaments, in the middle of the other vehicles of the National 2CV of Saint-Dizier. Cocotte, The Brothers 1971 2 CV Hohler has seen the country, and even the continent, since she has crossed the Northern Cape, Russia, Asia and part of Europe. That’s a total of 61,244 km on the odometer in 28 countries.
It was in Pakistan that she had to wait for her owners after April 29, 2020, when the Covid-19 epidemic began and they were to be repatriated.
Maximilien, 26 years old and Clément Hohler28, have always dreamed of adventure, and it was when the older of the two met Cocotte, 2CV, that the idea of a car rodeo around the world came to them. “We wanted to go together and have an adventure. Clément had just turned 25, so we decided to challenge ourselves to go to Mongolia. When we were there, we wondered if we would continue or leave, and eventually we continued our journey through China, Laos, Thailand, and then Pakistan. “
Among all the mythical cars, the northerner chose deudeuche for its simplicity. “In our family, no one had a 2CV, we had never experienced that. When I bought the car, I opened the bonnet and I saw that there was everything: the starter, the carburetor and the engine. That’s all, that’s good “It’s all you need. It’s available, it’s real mechanics, and it was not very expensive.”
Technical simplicity is commensurate with the aura of the small car. Manufactured in more than 5 million units between 1948 and 1990 and the eighth best-selling French car in history, deudeuche still and always melts lovers of beautiful bodywork. “What we discovered during our trip was the way people look at 2CV. Already at the renovation, there were a lot of people who came to help me redo it. And then from the first laps there were flashes from headlights, the cuckoo, the smiles taking shape. And during the trip, we had a lot of good times and checkpoints thanks to her. For example, at the border between China and Laos, we no longer had windshields. Normally we should not have crossed the border. But the atypical side of the car allowed us to continue the trip without any problems. “
People came to see us very once there to ask us how it was possible to travel with such a small, nice car to their home!
“People came to us once to ask us how it was possible to travel with such a nice little car to their home. They are more used to seeing 4x4s, quite well-equipped trucks. There was the question:” what do the two Frenchmen with a 2CV? “”explains Maximilian.
The two brothers had for only “Hotel” a tent with their camping equipment. The trip was meant to be as simple as possible. This enabled the two brothers to make real connections with the locals, who did not hesitate to give them a hand when there was a breakdown.
When you open the bonnet, you find a patched Chinese motorcycle engine, Cocotte starts with cables, the keys have become decorative and some pieces of bodywork are held together with wire.
“There have been repairs, but the engine is still running, it is still starting. It is super solid. The problem is the suspensions and the steering, which are in poor condition due to the waste we have collected. In Mongolia, but everything was repaired on the place. Today she is a little damaged, but those are the scars on the fairy tale “explains Clement Hohler.
“The length of the repairs varied, especially since we did not know the mechanics when we traveled, so we shared our setbacks on the Internet, and the 2CV family gave us a lot of advice. It is thanks to them that we were able to understand crashes and that we started maintaining the car as needed.We went in three with Cocotte.So we had to understand her.And every day we were stopped we came back so we had to make do.We had no choice! But basic aspect of the car made repairs easier no matter what country we were in at the time! “
After several years of traveling around the world, Cocotte returned to Saint-Dizier in a few weeks from Pakistan: “The circle is complete!” When it was in Saint-Dizier that the two brothers had come to seek sponsors before their big adventure in 2019. The next step for 2CV is Clément’s wedding, before a renovation of the machine to make it fit to pass the technical inspection. Currently no one else rodeo global nis planned for her.