Les Copains, the friends who form DS-TT, are all experts in one or more areas of maintenance, repair, overhaul and restoration of the Citroën DS. They have known each other for years from the Citroën DS world and from the ID / DS Club Netherlands. The first collaboration dates from the year 2000.
Involved from the start but now engaged in other activities:
Paul Metsemakers and Cees Berkvens
DS-TT would not have existed in the current form without these two people.
Egbert has a lot of experience with different types of Citroën. On the one hand, because at the time he worked in a Citroën garage as chief engineer and then gained a lot of experience in maintenance and repairs on the 2CV, Ami, BX, CX, DS and other types. On the other hand, because the Citroën later became a big part of his life in the hobby sphere.
Egbert has different DSs, an Ami and a C3 Pluriel. He himself has converted a DS into a four-door DS convertible.
Egbert is chairman of DS-TT. Egbert gained experience in managing teams during the time that he was director of a psychiatric hospital.
These days he has a lot of time for his favorite pastime: tinkering!
Joris has been a member of the technical team of the ID / DS Club Netherlands for many years and was one of the first teachers of the basic technical course. He has a lot of experience with Citroën because he ran his own garage business in addition to his study Electrical Engineering in Delft. Work was done on 2CV, Ami, GS / A, BX, CX, DS and SM, but also on Renaultjes, Peugeot and Volvo.
Joris has sold his last DS to Egbert Meeter. He now has an Ami6 saloon 1963, an SM injection and a CX break turbo D1.
Joris is now working in IT as a project manager at a software logistics company.
Henk is the most experienced DS man in the team. He started his career in a Citroën garage in 1970. So he delivered the DS new to customers for years and of course experienced maintenance and repairs for much longer.
In the meantime, the experience has been extended to ‘strange’ brands such as Volvo.
Henk has a DSuper, which he has personally restored to competition level.
Henk is treasurer of DS-TT.
After owning a DS Pallas 21IE and CX20RE in his student days, Leon just bought a modern car. He found out that modern cars do not drive better, break less and cost less than a good DS. Moreover, knowing and understanding this car has become the challenge, something other than a crossword puzzle.
After completing his studies in HTS Car Engineering, Leon has been working for many years at a major manufacturer of turbos and is therefore further specialized in engines and their development projects in the automotive industry.
There are even rumors that in addition to his very first car (Fiat 850) and CX Prestige, he has a DS21IE with turbo …
Jan has been working on cars since he was a boy. His first car was a 2CV, cheap and easy to maintain. During his studies, friends found him when their 2CV had problems.
In 1971 he got his first Citroën Traction Avant from France and after that several restoration projects were followed, including TA, Panhard, DS and 2CV.
In the eighties he wrote articles and gave presentations about the electrical installation of the car.
He currently has two 2CVs, a DS19A, and does the maintenance of his son’s CX.
Jan studied HTS electrical engineering and has worked in the IT world, among other things.
As an eight-year-old boy, Eric broke his head for an entire summer vacation over the magically rotating headlights of the camping boss’s break. That was the basis of the desire to own and maintain such a car. Since 2011 he is the proud owner of a black DS21M. At that time, Eric had zero specific DS key experience. A self-replaced coupling, an alternative HD pump installation and a worn-out HD pipe in 2014 ensured a fairly steep “learning curve”.
Eric was originally technically skilled and worked for many years at different levels and in different roles in the printer world. The last years in a role where sharing technical knowledge was one of the main tasks.
Experience with internal combustion engines started with a motorcycle purchased for fl700. This was further developed after the purchase of the world famous Toyota Hilux under Topgear enthusiasts. This has served him on many Sahara journeys and has been used for a trans-Africa journey to Cape Town.
All repairs and adjustments en route have been a good learning experience for Eric.
Ron has worked almost all his professional life in body building, repair and maintenance at organizations such as Focwa, Stiba and Renault. He controls the complete life cycle of a car from purchase, via repair and maintenance and reuse. Sheet metal work, welding work, strapping work, fillers, dent removal, spraying, for Ron these subjects are a piece of cake.
Also in his spare time Ron has been intensively concerned with these aspects of the car, especially in the classic area. The French brands predominated, such as Renault with Juvaquatre and R16 and Citroën with the classics 2CV and DS. And because he can’t get enough, there are also his old timer tractors. Of each type mentioned, Ron has at least one, restored or ‘to be done’ by himself. He also owns some more recent French ‘driving cars’. Because a lot has to be driven, since Ron is staying in France and regularly comes to the Netherlands. His heart is in France; He bought an old farm there and turned it into a house with a garage for nine voitures and guest rooms. The garages form the heart of the home, are equipped with two bridges and are fully equipped to carry out restorations.
Ron is also the regular photographer for all DS-TT activities and he has recorded, recorded and edited a large part of the YouTube videos.
Gertrude has been the proud owner of a DS pallas since 1993. She drove it for over 20 years, when she did a partial motor overhaul under the guidance of Cees Berkvens. In 2014 she attended the Basic Car Engineering Course in Valogne. Joris and Eric were her supervisors. Gertrude has been one of our loyal followers since the start of DS-TT. She has helped to make the steering wheel cover film replacement and disassembly and assembly wheel house. She has followed all our courses and is working on her own DS. Pretty soon she spontaneously took care of the catering during the courses.
In addition to the substantive and technical side of DS-TT, there is always a lot of work behind the scenes to keep our organization in order. Gertrude likes to pick things up, for example, she helped ICCCR 2016 in the SOS Emergency Garage, and she has organizational talents. She has since become an important team member and supports the activities of DS-TT in the position of secretary.
Gerbert graduated from the HTS Zwolle in 1990, specializing in Mechanical Engineering. He worked for various engineering firms, mostly in specialty machine construction for various companies and has been working as a Senior Manufacturing Engineer at Lagerwey Wind B.V in recent years. His challenge is not so much with the wind turbines themselves, but even more with tooling and equipment to assemble the turbines.
The Citroën virus was born with the GSA and BX from dad and from a young age Gerbert tinkered with everything that could be taken apart and repaired. Initially, together with father, the work on cars began; from its first Renault 5 to its current Citroën C5. His DSpécial, which quietly waits for more attention in a garage box, is a long-term project. As a Citrofile in heart and soul, he was in possession of CX, Xm, Xantia, ID and C5. Many know Gerbert as the inventor of the Oilsaver for the various engines of PSA, BMW and Mini, which already show a high oil consumption.