Bob Dircks is a Libelle pilot from Lake Keepit, and the Australian agent and “service guy” for M&D jets, hence the eye-catching feature on the roof of his car.
“It might not look it, but it’s a very tough car,” Mr Dircks said.
“I’ve been a Citroen enthusiast for 40 years. The chassis is a 2CV. The engine, gearbox and brakes come from a GS, which is a ‘70s model. The bodywork comes off an early DS Citroen which is a ‘50s model, so some of the panels are the oldest bits on the car. The seats come out of a more modern Citroen, a Xantia. It’s a real mix. I just picked the bits I liked the most.”
Mr Dircks is attending the worlds at the request of M&D, and Jonker Sailplanes, and he tows a jet testing bench, ready to tweak any issues with the estimated 30 jets on site at Benalla.
His unique vehicle is attracting attention both on the airfield, and around town.
“There would be at least 50 photos per day, and I would get stopped probably 10 times a day,” he said.