Hub 459 Jun13 - Renault Car Club of Australia Inc.

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The Magazine of the Renault Car Club of Australia Inc. Number 459 May–June 2013

Renault Car Club of Australia Inc. Established 1951

The Hub

No. 459 May-June 2013

The Hub is the official magazine of the Renault Car Club of Australia Inc. Website:

What is in this Hub? WHO’S WHO IN THE RCCA............................................................................................................... 2 CLUB CALENDAR - IN BRIEF............................................................................................................ 3 JASON’S COMMENTS.......................................................................................................................... 4 EDITORIAL ............................................................................................................................................ 5 ERNST’S SOCIAL NEWS ..................................................................................................................... 6 SPORTING REPORT............................................................................................................................. 7 MR WHIPPY AND THE ESTAFETTE VAN ...................................................................................... 8 EXPANDING THE FLEET ................................................................................................................. 10 4CVS AT JUNEE .................................................................................................................................. 12 ADVENTURES IN TASMANIA.......................................................................................................... 14 MY RENAULT BY BOB ...................................................................................................................... 21 WINGS AND RENAULTS ................................................................................................................... 22 FANTASIC EASTER............................................................................................................................ 23 IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF PIONEERS ............................................................................................... 28 ALASTAIR GOES TO MEXICO ........................................................................................................ 30 RETROMOBILE - IT’S BIG .............................................................................................................. 32 TARGA TAKE TWO............................................................................................................................ 34 HUBADS AND CLUBS......................................................................................................................... 41 CMC CALENDAR ................................................................................................................................ 42 RENAULT SPORT ............................................................................................................................... 43


A rare sight – a line up of R8s at Temora Photo - Roger Copp

MONTHLY MEETINGS The RCCA meets on the first Monday of each month at 8.00p.m. at: The Veteran Car Club Hall, 134 Queens Road, Five Dock Hub Deadline: General Meeting each odd month Printed by Click Print Shop 2, 34 Campbell St. Blacktown NSW 2148 Ph.: 02 9831 1993


The opinions expressed herein are not necessarily those of the Office Bearers, Members or Editorial Staff of the Renault Car Club of Australia Incorporated

WHO’S WHO IN R.C.C.A. PATRON - MR. JAAP EMMELKAMP PRESIDENT Jason Emmelkamp 02 8901 0288, 0424 509 239 [email protected] VICE PRESIDENTS Kevin Byron [email protected] Roger Copp 0417 194 707 [email protected]

WEBMASTER Denis Ryan [email protected] PROMOTIONS & PUBLICITY Dom Robert 0437 377 345 [email protected] EDITOR Bob Sprague 02 9798 3196, 0414 670 320 [email protected]

SECRETARY Alastair Browne 02 9971 8612 [email protected]

ASSISTANT EDITOR Dominic Robert [email protected]



TREASURER Fran Fifield 02 4751 2214 [email protected] EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Clive Atkinson, Ian Evans, Sonja Luthi, Dom Robert, Denis Ryan CLUB CAPTAIN Andrew Collier 02 9875 3719, 0414 287 790 [email protected] SPORTING SUB-COMMITTEE Stewart Barnet, Andrew Fifield, Ernst Luthi, Bob Sprague, Mark Taylor SOCIAL SECRETARY Ernst Luthi [email protected] SOCIAL SUB-COMMITTEE Dom Robert, Bob Sprague, Ian Walker, Sonja Luthi, Frank Wicks

CLUB REGISTRAR Bob Sprague 0414 670 320 [email protected] PROPERTY OFFICER, LIBRARIAN Robert Gibson 0428 123 770 CMC DELEGATES Alastair Browne, Bob Sprague CAMS DELEGATE Andrew Collier MEMBERSHIPS Sonja Luthi [email protected] AUDITORS Watkins Coffey Martin PUBLIC OFFICER Richard Watkins Page 2

2013 RCCA COMING EVENTS June 3rd 15th 15th

General Meeting * Kiama Drive * (NB Saturday) RCCV 60th Anniversary Dinner Eastern Golf Club, Doncaster, VIC $55 ea Book by 17th May. (TBC) Glenn Armstrong 0413 107 131 [email protected]


23 23rd 29th July 1st 7th 14th 21st 28th


5th 17th 18th

Saturday June 15th * Kiama Drive Meet at Heathcote Railway Station parking area on Princes Highway at 10a.m. BYO picnic. Maybe make a weekend of it and stay overnight at Easts Beach Holiday Park

CRC Tour de Corse Rally NKC3 - Awaba CSCA Supersprint - Wakefield Park Sunday July 7th RCCQ Grand Display of French Cars New location: The Murrarie Recreation General Meeting * Grounds, Wynnum Rd, Cannon Hill, Qld From 8.30a.m. Entry fee $10 RCCQ Grand Display of French Food & drinks available Cars AFCD Sydney * Further details this issue. CRC Winter Run (TBC) NMC4 - Nirimba

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Sunday July 14th * All French Car Day Further details this issue.

Sunday August 18th Early Christmas Lunch (TBC) * (Tentatively - Norman Lindsay Gallery Café, Faulconbridge) General Meeting * CSCA Supersprint - Eastern Creek Shannons Sydney Classic

Shannons Sydney Classic Sydney Motorsport Park (Eastern Creek) Tickets available from Alastair Browne

September 2nd 8th Notes:



General Meeting * NMC5 - RCCA - Nirimba *

= Jack Mullins Trophy Pointscore Event

NMC = NSW Motorkhana Championship NKC = NSW Khanacross Series For details of these event please refer to:

Due by 30 June 2013 Historic car owners MUST renew membership promptly to ensure continuation of CTP insurance regardless of when the cr was last registered. Renewal forms will soon be emailed out. Forms can also be downloaded from the website or cut or copied from the back of The Hub.

CRC = Classic Rally Club ( Page 3

JASON’S COMMENTS Hello everyone and welcome to a bumper edition of The Hub. Last month I made a tongue in cheek remark about Renault Victoria and how we don’t see much of them north of the border. Well I was pleasantly surprised when Mark Jasper called me up for a chat and said “What can we do to help?” We had a good talk about the RCCA and Renault Australia’s involvement with us and fostering a better relationship, and I’m looking forward to working more closely with them. It’s great to know that Renault Aust. is happy to support us and I reassured Mark that we are more than happy to help as well whenever possible. An idea that was floated at the last general meeting was that while we have the All French Car Day based around Bastille Day festivities perhaps in the warmer and drier months we should work with Renault Australia on a Renault Day of some sort. I think it’s a great idea and look forward to exploring it further with the executive committee. For me, life has been busy and unfortunately will prevent me from getting my name on the Jack Mullins Trophy this year. Quite a few events have already passed on the calendar and I’m too far behind on the pointscore and will only be picking up the general meeting points. However, I have been able to drive the R8 Gordini to the last couple of meetings which is double points :-) It's been great to get the car back on the road and the trip for the 4VC Muster was awesome. Kevin has a great write up on the event in this edition of The Hub. I can’t see it getting any better for the rest of the year, so apologies if I don’t get to see you. I’m always at the general meetings which this year have had good turnouts. Congratulations to all the Targa competitors! Another great year! I love the YouTube videos that have been posted by some of our Targa girls n’ guys. I’m looking forward to reading some of the stories in The Hub. Short and sweet from me. See you at a meeting and hopefully an event soon. Take care Jason

WELCOME TO R.C.C.A. We would like to welcome the following New Members and wish them a happy association with our Club: Scott Barry, Avalon – RS Clio 182 Cup Kris Schaeffer, Primbee – Renault 12 GL, Renault Megane Page 4

BOB’S PAGE Well, after last month’s “slim” issue here is a big read for you. Thanks to all those members who put fingers to keyboards and to shutter releases to provide me with a wealth of material for this month’s issue of The Hub. Gregor Dickinson has responded to some of my ideas and written some stories for your enjoyment. Our former editor and Luxemberg resident has expanded his Renault fleet. Have an envious look at the newest addition. Craig’s family is also about to take delivery of a 7-seater Grand Kangoo replacing their 5 seater. Mikki and Alastair took the mighty R16TS on the annual pilgrimage to Victoria to “Fly the Flag”. Despite pleas not to write any stories again, he has. So enjoy his description of life on the back roads. Easter is always a busy time for club members and the RCCA deliberately doesn’t plan any events at this time of the year. Those with rear-engine Renaults every two years attend the 4CV Register Muster in rural NSW. This year’s event was a huge success and Vice President Kevin Byron took the opportunity to combine a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the release of the R8 in Australia. It was a great idea and a great turn out. Our other Vice President, Roger Copp, writes about the Muster in general and insists that this event is not exclusively for rear-engine Renaults but for all Renaultphiles. Roger also relates his experience of participating in the 200th anniversary of the crossing of the Blue Mountains in his non-Renault. Club members will be aware that this year Renault made a concerted assault on Targa Tasmania. In addition to all the club members who participated, Renault Australia and at the last minute entered 2 RS Megane 265s. 8 Renaults in total running in this years event. Targa junkies, aka Sonja and Ernst, are slowly converting a number of club members to compete in this well established post Easter road rally. They also had other club members assist them with servicing support in Tasmania. This was a mega club effort which is to be applauded. Sonja and Andrew have written about their Targa experiences. Renault is broadening their range of vehicles in Australia and the new models should be well received. Due in June, or soon thereafter, is the Megane GT 220 wagon. Initially a limited number will be on sale priced in the late $30,000s. The GT range is a RenaultSport product pitched below the harder RS range. Later the wagon will be available in a lower spec with a choice of engines and transmissions. A small wagon might just be what the market is looking for. Only time will tell. Later in the year the long awaited Clio IV is due in the expanded range. The Clio range should also be well received as the Clio has only been available in RS guise. One might ask, “why buy the RSC when the RSM is only a little more money”. And that is why you don’t see many RSC 197s and 200s about. Here endeth the lesson. Bob Page 5

‘CHEESE, CHOCOLATE OR FONDUE’ – THE SOC SEC REPORT This report is going to be a short one. No mention of Targa Tasmania, there will be plenty somewhere else. A BIG thank you to the 12 crews that joined us for a great day at the Wings Over Illawarra. Great weather, great flying and some fine machinery. More somewhere else in the Hub. The morning tea at Banjo Paterson Park, Gladesville was not so well attended by all reports. Only 8 attended but reported a beautiful day in a very nice location by the water. The next event will be the trip to the Nightingale Winery in Broke on 26 May. Following on from that will be the drive to Kiama on Saturday 15 June organised by Phil East, with the option to Barry, Gail, Denise, Ron and Alastair stay overnight “at the beach”. Throw in a few enjoying a cuppa and cake super sprints (1 June at Eastern Creek and 29 June Wakefield) and it will be 14 Juillet and the French Day in no time. And, don’t forget the Shannons Classic in August. You can collect your tickets from Alastair at meetings (or at other times by arrangement). There are still a few tickets available. Oh, yes, I will say two things about Targa, or maybe 3. A big thank you to Team Renault for answering Ted’s call to assemble all Renaults competing in Targa. The daily video summaries on the Renault website are just great The Examiner has some great photos on their website ( use the Search function and search for Targa 2013. Somebody was interviewed by the Examiner and had her photo taken doing so by Perfect Prints And, finally, we look forward to seeing you at one of the upcoming events.

Unit 2, 65 Macquarie Rd Springwood NSW 2777 Phone: (02) 4751 6620


Ernst Page 6

SPORTING REPORT Hi everyone, I am still smiling after a very enjoyable Targa Tasmania 2013, a very far cry from our 2011 disaster of engine failure on Day 1. I have penned a story of our adventures for your reading pleasure. Round 3 of the NSW Motorkhana Championship was run on the 5th May. This event was well run by the Mini Car Club. RCCA members created a podium lockout with Corinne first, Phil second, and Warwick third. Well done! My car had another failure with the driveshaft breaking on test 5. Some good luck is coming my way soon.... I hope. The fourth round is once again at Nirimba on Sunday the 28th July. This will be run by Thornleigh Car Club with Cameron Robley the contact 0411243156. The second round of the Khanacross Series is to be run at Hampton. Hills District Car Club will be organising this one. The contact is Adam Bolton 0412381052. Remember, for any information regarding Khanacross or Motorkhana events go to the website: That’s it for now. See you out there! Andrew

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PROGRAMME Sat 25 – Mon 27 January, 2014

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dinner at the Hall

RARE AND FORGOTTEN RENAULTS - GREGOR DICKINSON Mr Whippy and Renault Estafette Vans Speaking recently with Bob Sprague, in a very unusual occurrence, the topic of rare Renaults was raised and Bob mentioned the Estafette, a van that he thought had been brought to Australia in 1962 as the original Mr Whippy van. The mention of Mr Whippy brought back memories – freezing cold nights in the middle of winter in the New England Tablelands, huddled around a fire, and then the mechanical notes of Greensleeves playing and you donned all the warm gear and raced outside to buy an icecream for all of the family and then return to the fire to eat the melting cone and thaw out. Insane! But so much fun and something to tell the grandkids about! But I digress. Louis Renault was accused of collaborating with the Nazi occupation forces during WWII and immediately after liberation as retribution, the French Government took control of Renault manufacturing. Using war time legislation the Ministry of Industrial Production introduced a prescriptive production plan for all of the French car makers and Renault and Citroen were tasked to produce small commercial vans. War time rationing was still in place and resources were scarce. Citroen sold a front wheel drive van with a flat load space that proved very popular so Renault was keen to produce a rival. The design team, headed by Guy Grosset-Grange, were challenged to come up with something original but were also told they had to use existing mechanical components. They quickly focused on the newly developed Dauphine but that meant turning the 845cc engine and gearbox around to get a front-engine van but it did give the opportunity to re-engineer the gear box to suit commercial vehicle applications. Called the Estafette (from the Italian “Staffetta”, meaning “Courier”) the van was released in June 1959 as a water-cooled front-wheel-drive with a variety of body styles. This was Renault’s first front-wheel-drive vehicle. When launched the Estafette’s engine shared the same size and output as the recently launched Dauphine albeit the engine was front mounted. The rear door was hinged to open stable door style in three separate parts while a pavement side sliding door gave side-ways access. As befitted these austere times, the Estafette was designed to be practical and economical and carry a modest 600 kg payload. Available with a normal body or a high roof, the van was immediately popular and proved very durable. In May 1962 the new model Estafette was the first vehicle to receive Renault's newly developed "Sierra" series water-cooled fourcylinder 1108cc five-bearing engine, which had been designed for the new Renault 8. Payload was upgraded to 800 kg. This was the vehicle, in Page 8

high roof form, that may have come to Australia as Mr Whippy vans. A further update was effected in April 1968 increasing the engine further to 1289cc. An internet search found discussion of these vans on Aussie forums, a few people remembered them but no-one was certain. The number of Estafette vans in Australia was very small as they had to be privately imported and there was a strong preference for and a tariff policy that encouraged the purchase of British vans in the early sixties. Someone on the forum claimed to have spoken to someone else who remembered working on converted Estafette vans, but was sure that was in the 1970s, long after Mr Whippy had changed to Ford Transit vans. So were the original Mr Whippy vans based on the Renault Estaffette? Probably not! The vans first imported into Australia to begin the Mr Whippy franchises were all manufactured in Britain. At a cost of £3400 they were more expensive to buy than an average British detached house of the time. A search of French language sites, using my fabulous school-boy French skills, suggests that 500,000 Estafette vans were produced in the various models and in various locations between 1959 and 1980, and there was no right hand drive version. This last point makes it extremely unlikely that vans were bought in France, taken to England and converted to right hand drive ice-cream vans and then shipped to Australia. As far as I can ascertain – all of the original Mr Whippy vans brought to Australia were based on the Commer Carrier BF. Could it be the resemblance of the Commer Carrier and the Renault Estafette and 50 year old memories that have led to stories circulating amongst Renault aficionados? Or is there a 1962 Renault Estafette in full Mr Whippy regalia, sitting in a barn just out of Ballarat, waiting to be discovered by some aspiring van restorer so it can be driven in a clockwise direction around Australia to enhance the gastronomic and musical tastes of our nation? Mr Whippy is still going strong in UK and in New Zealand. Owing to changing tastes and technologies which allowed traditional solid ice-cream to be more easily dispensed (Margaret Thatcher is accredited in her working life for inventing a way of injecting air into commercial ice-cream to help reduce costs by reducing the amount of ingredients – not the only way she ripped the British off) Mr Whippy sold their vans in the late 70s and concentrated in large shopping centres in Australia. Mr Whippy in Australia is now owned by the Franchise Food Company which also owns “Cold Rock Icecream”. The Mr Whippy van will be returning to a street near you. Those of you with some cash reserves can now buy a franchise, and/or a van. For the financially challenged you can rent a restored Commer van that will dispense cold, soft ice-cream, chips and sweets at your next function – something to give the grandkids so all will a memory to share. [Club members have confirmed that they worked on Mr Whippy Estavette vans.—Ed.] Page 9


I've picked up a 1997 Spider as a companion Renault Sport for my Megane :). Its number 652 out of 1726 built, and one with the windscreen. It was first registered in Hannover, Germany in June 1997 and then led a seemingly quiet life covering just over 8500 km in the 15 years before being advertised about 6 months ago. It was about 5 hours away, almost all the way to Munich from Luxembourg. This was the third Spider I'd looked at and was certainly the best by far; low kms, very clean, engine bay spotless. I drove down one very wintry March day at around 5am, fighting through the heavy snow for a while on the autobahn at around 50km/h and then ended up with blue skies and a clear, dry path. I was then able to pick up speed and sit on 200km/h for a while. I arrived by lunchtime and had a good look over the car for an hour or two and decided it was the one to settle on. I then headed home. It wasn't until mid April that we had ensured all the ducks were in line with papers, export process and it had had a full service (first timing belt change in 16 years, and the usuals). Finally, I went down there by overnight train - 4 trains in total with a strange mix of deserted stations in the night and people from all walks of life travelling by train. It took about 4-5 hours to get the car paid for and registered on German transport/export plates. Bit of a nightmare but finally I was able to get on my way - a 5 hour journey getting to know the car, not pushing too hard but not wanting to spend 10hours on the road. As the car has no cigarette lighter, I had bought external USB batteries for my phone so I could use its GPS function. Thankfully it worked all the back home to Luxembourg. With the Spider safely tucked away in the garage I ordered number plates. I also thought it best to get new tyres to replace the 16 year old Pilot Sport SXs! All sorted here, then a day spent dealing with the registration place - equivalent of import, blue slip, pink slip in one go. Papers all Page 10

good, car checked out well, apart from a less operative hand brake on the left side. A quick dash to my local dealer had that sorted and back through the checking station (there's currently only 3 in the country not every garage can do this). So, all done and its now covered just over 9000km having driven home and been on a drive day Two Spiders - Craig’s car is the one on the left. with the local Renault Sport Car The other Spider is the model without the windscreen, and is Club and a few trips here and fitted with an Orbisoud exhaust and Elia spoiler. there. It’s a little rocket, and a very involving experience given the chassis set up and no braking or steering assistance and open air driving. A wonderful car - let's hope Renault makes something like this again in the future! Some facts and figures: 1726 built; 90 for the one-make Spider Cup series  150hp/185Nm F7R 2-litre engine, same or similar spec as Clio Williams/Megane 16v  965kg dry, with all aluminium frame and fibreglass body  Max speed 215km/h; 0-100 in 6.9sec  Brakes from Alpine A610/Turbo, no brake booster, ABS or ESP

I know, I saw it right away too .... No safety glasses , hearing protection or gloves! Page 11

4CV MUSTER JUNEE 2013 - ROGER COPP At the 2011 bi-annual meeting in Wellington, it was decided that our next Muster in 2013 would be held in Junee, NSW. Junee matched the criteria for our Musters in that it needed to be in central NSW which would enable members from South Australia, Victoria and Queensland the opportunity to attend. We were also assured of visitors from Tasmania and Western Australia. Junee has many attractions including the Railway Roundhouse, Liquorice Factory and Monte Christo (the number one haunted house in Australia). We were assured of some interesting activities during the Easter weekend beside our usual country drives. These would include a visit on the Saturday to the Temora Aviation Museum where a Muster of R8s celebrating 50years in Australia was to be held. This year the Muster attracted our biggest turnout of rear engine Renaults since it was first held in Canberra back in 1989. Two of our 4CV Register members, John Waterhouse and Syd Middleton, travelled together in their R8’s from Perth. John making it to Junee, but Syd had problems and had to leave his car in Mildura. The person who travelled the furthest was Marvin McFalls, President of the Renault Owners Club of North America. This was Marvin’s first time to Australia and he came to Junee especially to attend the Muster. We had over 80 members attend this Muster with 42 Renaults, consisting of: 19 4CVs , 6 Dauphines, 9 R8s, 2 R10S, 4 Florides & Caravelles and 2 R4s The Temora gathering also had a great turnout with some owners travelling to Temora just for the R8 celebrations. There will be a story from Kevin Byron on this with more detail elsewhere in this issue. The weekend program consisted of the following: Saturday 30th March Temora Air Museum & Natfly (40-60 minutes driving time). With the possibility of visiting the Temora Rural Museum. Evening AGM & dinner at the heritage Junee Junction Railway Station Café. Page 12

Sunday 31st March Tour of Monte Cristo with lunch at Red Cow Pub. Afterwards visit Junee Railway Roundhouse & Museum followed by a Swap Meet at Junee Motor Inn. Monday 1st April Morning tea and tour of the Junee Liquorice & Chocolate Factory. It was a great weekend as usual. The weather was kind to us and we had quite a few RCCA members attend. Next Muster will be in at Easter, 2015 in the town of Forbes. So if you are mad on Renaults, and would like a good weekend, then register and come on down. You don’t have to own a rear engine Renault. Any enquires should be directed to our National Co-ordinator, Frank Wicks, [email protected] A report of the Muster has been published in the current Australian Classic Car magazine.

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ADVENTURES IN TASMANIA– SONJA LUTHI After a less than satisfactory outcome in last year’s Tasmania adventure, Mademoiselle and her crew had some unfinished business on the Apple Island. Preparation and planning got underway shortly after the successful completion of Targa Adelaide in August 2012. Discussions were held with other RCCA members and ferry and accommodation were booked. These were to undergo numerous changes due to number of people travelling on different days, but at least, we again had rooms at the Country Club Villas where we knew there would be space for cars and trailers. We were again lucky to have Andrew Fifield and this time Ken Albery enlisted as service crew. In October, we added Albert Johnson and Noela Wood to the crew, old friends of ours from the MG Car Club. We restored our MG with the help of Albert over a 5 year period a while back. We also booked our flights and a hire car for the planned recce trip over Easter. So, logistics were pretty much organised by Christmas. Mademoiselle spent a bit of time at Collier’s for some further improvements and just general TLC, including a 2nd accelerator cable and new brake pads. The Alpine and R5T2 had a good talk about the upcoming event while at David’s. The R5T2 was a bit worried that the “essentials” may not be ready in time, but it all worked out in the end. In March, we went down to Wakefield to do a good shake down and the driver was happy with the outcome. Easter came and we flew to Tassie. As we had an early flight on Friday, we managed to recce more stages than we thought, before we headed to Deloraine for our regular overnight stop. As Easter was early this year, the days were still quite long and this helped with the recce. Saturday night was spent in Zeehan, before heading to Hobart on Sunday. Contrary to last year, we had only a little rain and certainly no snow. We also checked out our accommodation in Strahan and were pleased to see that there was plenty of room for trailers and cars. And only two weeks later on Friday 12 April, the big adventure started for real with an uneventful trip to Melbourne. We had arranged lunch with Heinz Huber (Mr Alpine himself)

Team RCCA at Targa Tasmania - cars and service crews Page 14

and Richard Mann, another fellow Alpine owner. It’s always nice to catch up with friends or make new ones while waiting for the ferry. On arrival on Sunday, the usual routine kicked in. Driving to Launceston, checking in at the Country Club Villas, picking up the service crew from the airport, unloading the car, and off to documentation and scrutineering. As we competed in Adelaide, our scrutineering was fast tracked, so was Andrew’s due to him competing in High Country late last year (strange arrangement but there you have it). Then there was some shopping to do, dinner and bed. Monday brought the trip to the first stage, actually the Prologue – 1 stage, Kayena, as we had not recced it previously. Then it was off the see Alan Stevenson for our traditional preevent yarn and cup of tea. The afternoon was spent taking Renault pictures in front of the Silverdome, the overnight location for the cars whilst staying in Launceston. After the drivers’ briefing, we went to the welcome party. Both took place at the Country Club, a short walk from our accommodation. Tuesday was prologue day: Stage 00 Kayena, 7km and then Georgetown, 4.8km. No need to rush, as these stages are used to define the starting order for the event. And we did not rush as we had played with the Webbers the day before and they were Inside Silverdome slightly out of balance. Mademoiselle was not running well. It sounded like 2 cylinders only, more like a Trabant than an Alpine. But we made it to the end of the pre-stage and the Prologue. Fortunately, Andrew and Ken could fix the problem during the exhibition and on the way back to Launceston, she was purring nicely again. To the relief of the crew and many competitors who were worried about the sound coming from Mademoiselle’s engine bay. As usual, the cars were on display in brilliant sunshine in Georgetown while we had lunch and caught up with many friends. When it was time to return, Ted arranged with Team Renault for all the 8 Renaults competing in this year’s event to be placed in a semi circle: these cars were: 2 Megane RS265 sponsored by Renault Sport, 2 Megane RS250 from Adam Spence, 1 Megane RS250 from Nick Strange and Ted’s Megane R26, Andrew’s R5 Turbo 2 and our Alpine A110 . We even made it onto the Renault Sport Australia website!

All the Renaults and crews competing in Targa Tasmania 2013 Page 15

Wednesday and the event starts in earnest. The day dawned to a sunny dry day. Stages to be run: Deloraine 12km, High Plaines 6km, Sheffield 15km, Nook 6km, Moriarty 5.5km, Merseylea 10km (mind that railway crossing), Paloona 16km and Mt Roland 26km. As we started early in the field (car 4 after Regularity), we had a great day and were not impacted by any accidents. Unfortunately, at lunch on that day, we were told of the fatal accident that occurred on the Deloraine stage. This put a bit of a damper on the day. All crews were happy to see the service crews at Mole Creek after the long Mt Roland Stage. On arrival at the Silverdome, Andrew F and Ken went to work taking wheels off and tightening bolts and checking brake pads. As we were parked right next to the Renault Sport workshop tent, we had great fun watching the RS crews being interviewed, on the tyre, off the tyre, sitting on the tyre, it is not easy to be under-tall, especially if the navigator is overtall. But all good drivers (or navigators) come in small parcels. You have to watch the videos on the Renault Australia website (Renault Sport section) to appreciate the funny side of this. Thursday promised to be another lovely, dry, sunny day. The Eastern loop began with Rossarden 10km, Elephant Pass 11km and no fuel at the end of it as the service crew was busy with another emergency. But that is another story and most likely covered in the Collier report, thank god we had 2 crews this year. We got fuel in St Helens at the BP. After lunch, it was off to Pyengana 6.5km, Weldborough Pass 13km, Moorina 8.5km, Ledgerwood 5km (the one with the wood carvings), The Sideling 15km, meet the service crew for some fuel and finally Longford 2.6km, a town stage hoot. As on the previous day, the Andrew and Ken were ready to service the cars on arrival at the Silverdome. And also, as per previous day, we serviced the cars right beside the Renault Sport tents. Guess who got a freebie ….., wheels off and all ! - Happy birthday Ted ! - This was also the night we had to pack up, as on Friday, it was off to Strahan. Friday was to be the second longest day. The weather forecast had promised a dry day on the west coast, but we did not trust it. The stages for the day were Mole Creek 5km, Cethana 38km (after Mt Roland the second pièce de résistance), Castra 8km (another on of these long steep descent followed by a long steep ascent), Isandula 8km (a new and fast stage), Oldina 20km, Hellyer Gorge 21km (5km longer than in previous years), Plimsoll 16km and Rinadeena 33km. We were very happy to arrive in Strahan after we missed this stage the last 2 years. Rinadeena proved to be a difficult stage for the pointy end of the field. As it was sunny, the difference in light was very strong, coming from the deep shade under trees into corner where the driver had the sun directly into the eyes. This was the undoing of experienced drivers like Broadbent and Adam Spence. Both were shaken but unhurt. As we had space enough outside our accommodation, our cars got serviced by the boys while the rest of us watched and enjoy a drink and catch up with Doug and Noelene Fifield, who dropped in from Zeehan. Page 16

Saturday, leg 4. A very cold morning with ice on the windscreen. Mademoiselle did not mind at all. She roared into life only on the second attempt. Off we went for that long day up to Burnie and back via Reece Dam 25km (the mist when crossing the dam was just magic), Pieman 9km, Murchison 20km (Hellyer Gorge in reverse), Natone 8km, Gunns Plains 10km, Riana 33km (half old, half new), Mount Black 9km, Rosebery 17km. Again, a sunny, dry day, but a very long one. We were again very happy to see Strahan. After the cars were put away for the night, packing was again on the agenda, as Sunday was the drive to Hobart. Sunday, last day, was again cold but dry and sunny. We had our out time and were just about to join the queue, when a heater hose decided to disconnect and dump a lot of water into the foot well of the passenger seat. Mild panic set in but hail the service crew. While Andrew and Ken were already on their way for the planned fuel stop after Mt Arrowsmith, Albert was with us. Some quick thinking had us drive up to the BP petrol station in Strahan and onto their 4 poster hoist. Albert disconnected the heater and short circuited the relevant hoses. We put water and coolant into Mademoiselle and off we went, only slightly late, but still well in time to make the first stage, Strahan 33km and Queenstown 6.5km. Luckily, the field was reThe Mob at the Welcome Party sequenced for Mt Arrowsmith 59km (we were only overtaken by one car), Tarraleah 9km, Woodsdale 20km (a goat’s track with off-camber corners on crests) and fuel before Grasstree Hill 6.5km. WE HAD MADE IT!! It was nice to see Adam Spence and his team on the side of the road after Grasstree Hill, cheering with us when we passed. Driving into Hobart to Wrest Point and across the finish line, knowing that all 3 cars from RCCA had made it was just the icing on the cake. Celebrations were in order. Now to a few afterthoughts: I am still amazed that we can close major roads for better parts of the day (eg from St Helens to Launceston or from Strahan to Derwent Bridge). A big Thank You to the Tasmanian people for this. A BIG THANK YOU to our service crew Andrew, Ken, Albert and Noela for being there for refuelling, servicing the cars, fixing broken heater hoses, organising pace notes, driving our stuff around for us and in general giving us peace of mind. Without you guys, it would have been so much harder and more stressful. A big thank you to David Collier for preparing the car once again for this adventure. A big thank you also to Andrew and Belinda and Ted and Jen. Looking out for each other and all the moral support and special arrangements made the event even more memorable. Page 17

And what are the chances of having a full week of sunny dry weather in Tassie? That was just the best. We only encountered a bit of rain north of Launceston on the way to the ferry on Monday afternoon. So where did everybody end up ?  Grant Denyer/Dale Moscatt, 1st showroom and 9th overall;  Bunjamin Noor/Lee Challoner-Miles, 2nd showroom;  Nick Strange/Ian Cudmore, 3rd showroom;  Mike Sinclair/Bill Hayes, 5th showroom.  Andrew and Belinda Collier, 10th Late classic, 70th overall;  Ernst and Sonja Luthi, 12th early classic, 88th overall, 1st in Class, and the only Classic Rally Club crew to finish;  Ted Merewether and Jenny Gillott, 7th in regularity. 207 cars started, 123 finished; not everybody classified as finishing drove all stages Photos: Courtesy of Perfect Prints and the RCCA crews

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Bob Sprague Fran Fifield, Warwick Butt Alastair Browne, Jason Emmelkamp Andrew Collier Ernst Luthi, Ron Britt, Sonja Luthi, Ted Merewether Joel Harris Ian Walker, Kevin Byron Clive Atkinson, Dianne East, Jaap Emmelkamp, Julian Atkinson, Phil East 5 Ben Emmelkamp Snr, Denis Ryan, Roger Copp 4 Rebekah Emmelkamp, Joshua Emmelkamp, Claire Emmelkamp, David Mulligan, Joanne Mulligan, Dom Robert, Jenny Gibson, Robert Gibson, Kris Schaefer, Mike Stevenson, Toni Stevenson, Neil Walker

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MY R1134 GORDINI - BOB BILLIARDS Only around 28 R1134 cars were brought into Australia by Renault Australia. Mine is still an original stamped body. The engine was 1100cc and developed 95 BHP @ 6500 RPM - very high HP rating in 1965. Top speed was 103MPH and was Renault’s high speed car of the day. Amédée Gordini first started with Renault in the late 50s and his first Renault was the Dauphine Gordini. Renault would not let him do much to the older “Ventoux” engine and therefore they had only some minor head modifications, a camshaft modification and a larger carburettor. The R8 was the first real performance engine that Gordini was allowed complete control of the modifications to the unit. The “Sierra” series engine suited to high performance modification with the 5 bearing crankshaft and a more substantial crank and rods. The engine is nearly “square” with a 70mm bore and 72mm stroke. The engine had larger oil galleries, camshaft bearings, high compression pistons, sporty camshaft, cross flow head, twin 40mm Solex side draught carburettors, extractors and oil cooler. The suspension was lower, dual rear shock absorbers were fitted and servo assisted 4 wheel disc brakes. The interior was much the same as the R8 Major but there was a sporty dash with instruments as well as warning lights, a large tacho to 8000 RPM with no red line and a large speedo. Other minor items were passenger panic/grab handle, map light, power outlet and two speed heater. Outside, the car has larger headlights, a Gordini badge and air horns as standard. The rims are 12mm wider than the standard R8 rims. Priced in 1965 at £1315 including sales tax it was not cheap at nearly twice the price of the standard 40BHP R8. The only non-standard item in my car is the engine as it is the upgraded Renault Alpine 1296cc model with twin 40mm Webber carburettors which increases the power output to 129bhp. This makes the car much easier to drive around the town without having to rev to 3000RPM to get going as in the 1100cc version. Although the engine still doesn’t do much below 3500RPM, but revs very quickly to 6500RPM. These engines will rev beyond 8000RPM, but don’t last very long. You can find a road test of the R1134 Gordini from 1965 at http:// r8gart1.html

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RENAULTS MEET WINGS OVER ILLAWARA– ERNST LUTHI 12 crews undertook the drive from Sydney to Albion Park to join hundreds of other car and plane enthusiasts at the 2013 WOI. The crews met at the Caltex Petrol station at Albion Park before trying an organised approach to entering the event. After a short drive we were lined up in row 16 amidst a good selection of cars and close to the aircrafts on display, including a Connie and an F-111. We were entertained by an air display of the Roulettes in their PC9s and fly-bys of the DC 3, Catalina and a whole set of warbirds, including the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation built Boomerang. The highlight of the day however was the breath taking aerobatics display of Matt Hall in his Red Bull Racing aircraft. It was a great day out with just about perfect weather conditions. And the queuing on the way in and out was minimal. Very well organised. A big thank you to : Mike Stevenson and Curtis – R10 Alastair and Micki Brown – Lotus Ron and Denise Britt and David – Nissan Ben Emmelkamp Snr – Peugeot 504 Ben Emmelkamp Jnr and Katrina – Renault Megane Chris Hartwell – Renault Dauphine G Clive, Julian and Pam Atkinson– Fuego Dave and Joanne Mulligan - Megane The Star family (Jeff, Michelle, Luke, Kelly, Ryan) – Ford Falcon XA New member, Kris Schaefer – R12 Bob Billiards and grandson – R8G

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FANTASTIC—KEVIN BYRON Fabulous – The most common word overheard over the Easter Weekend in the Junee/Temora area. Didn’t matter if you were talking about the Cars, the Weather, the turnout, the weekend of events, or the organisation. That one word summed it up perfectly – fabulous! 42 vehicles and over 90 people turned up for the Muster and the R8/A110 Anniversary. Including one Renault tragic from the USA (Marvin McFalls). John Waterhouse drove his 1963 R1130 R8 over from Perth and back (a journey of over 8500kms). This is the second time this decade he has done that. Syd Middleton accompanied him from Perth to Mildura in his R1132 where he had a timing chain failure which sidelined the car temporarily. Although spares were rushed up from Adelaide, he was unable to get the car running in time, so he parked it there and hitched a ride with Adelaide R8 owners Phil Thompson and his wife to Junee. On the way back, he managed to get it running again and it didn’t miss a beat all the way back to Perth in convoy with John’s R8. Supposedly a rebuilt engine, he discovered the previous owner had not used the spacer washer on the bolt that holds the camshaft in place and the locking tab alone was not able to prevent the sprocket from jumping off. My journey was not as awesome as John and Syd’s but it too was not without issue. In the spirit of John W, I decided to drive my R1132 (the Green R8) down to Junee via Bathurst, meeting up with a QLD fellow (Graham Ramage) in his Floride. I gave myself 3hrs to do the 2-2.5hr journey and had organised to meet him in the centre of Bathurst. The initial meeting place of pit straight had to be hastily adjourned when I discovered at the last minute that there was a race meeting on over the weekend at the circuit. I set off on Good Friday and was cruising along making good time despite the roadworks and traffic on Bell’s line of Road when I got to about 10km short of Lithgow and the car died with an accompanying strong smell of petrol. I was able to roll off the road and pull up fortunately. I opened the boot (bonnet in reality) to see fuel all over the carbie and dripping down and smoking off the exhaust (mental note – really SHOULD carry a fire extinguisher in this car!). I grabbed a rag and started wiping it clean and in doing so noticed the fuel feed line from the fuel pump had come adrift. Phew – an easy fix! They are a press fit rubber fitting without a clamp originally so I simply put it back on, started the car and checked it then decided to carry on. As I’m driving along I’m thinking “why would that suddenly come loose after 12 years of service/49 years if you count since it was first put on there?” then I remembered that I had had the car in for a service and tune 2 weeks prior so maybe they bumped it. Driving along thinking I’d better check that when I get to Bathurst, then the same thing happened about 20km down the road. Fortunately I was now well versed on what to expect so shut the car off as soon as it happened and rolled to a stop off the road again without incident and was back on the road in less than 60 seconds but I was having doubts now. I pulled into two service stations outside Lithgow and neither had a suitable clamp though they had plenty of groceries and snacks! The amount of spares most garages carry Page 23

these days is pitiful and the second one I tried was a large truckstop and substantial garage. Although I had tools, I didn’t have any spare clamps as there are only a couple of places where they would be needed on the fuel or coolant systems on the R8. I’m now at Yetholme and decide Bathurst will have to be a maintenance stop regardless. Another 5km down the road it happens again. This time I decide the intervals are getting less and the risk greater, so I’m going to have to do something to try to fix this more permanently. Scouring for a sacrificial clamp on the car to use and nothing is available so I decide to reverse the line on the basis that I’d rather fuel leak at the pump end than the exhaust end if I had to make a choice. Fortunately I had put a clamp at that end previously as it had a minor leak, so that meant there was a clamp at the Carbie end now and the rubber press fit onto the pump outlet. I carry on and make it to the outskirts of Bathurst to a Supercheap (good ole Supercheap, open everyday except Christmas Day!) and for the princely sum of $2.49 I purchase a double pack of suitable clamps and fit a second clamp onto the pump end in the carpark at Supercheap. I ring Graham who has just arrived in Bathurst and let him know I’m about 10-15minutes away as it was by now the appointed meeting time. I rock into Bathurst and find the spot easily as I lived there for about 4 years many moons ago. Graham is having a bit of trouble finding the spot to meet so he rings me and I give him some directions. We meet up and I’m surprised to find his Floride on a car trailer behind a falcon ute. “I chickened out and decided to trailer it” he replies. After a quick stop for lunch, we head off towards Blayney heading south and Graham follows me through the countryside without issue. We stop at Cowra for a “strap” check on the trailer and Harden for a coffee break then proceed along on our journey. By this stage we hadn’t seen any other older Renaults so wonder if we may be orphans. We get to probably 30km or so outside of Junee and I come up behind a pale blue shape that as I get closer is unmistakably a Renault R4. I sit behind it for a while until the lack of pace gets the better of me and I overtake it. I recognise Mark Taylor at the wheel and give him a wave. Later on I find out that he was sitting on 70-80km/hr max as he was concerned over an apparent drive shaft vibration. We arrive late afternoon to the Caravan Park that was to be our home for the next few days and check into the cabin and unpack. Slowly more and more Renaults (Florides, R8s, R8G and Mark’s R4) arrive. Page 24

The first event in the Muster was a welcome BBQ that night at the hotel where most of the participants were staying and it was well and truly underway by the time we got there. There was a wall of people there when we first walked in and I have to say it was a little overwhelming at first. This is the biggest turn up for a Muster to date according to Frank Wicks. I said hello to some familiar RCCA or Muster people I knew and got introduced to quite a few new faces and the night passed quite quickly. Graham was a Muster/Club event virgin so to speak and was having a ball talking Renaults and learning more about Florides and modifying them. I should point out that Graham is “59Floride” on aussiefrogs and has a much modified 1.4L engined Floride that he has done most of the restoring and building himself. Saturday was the Temora Aviation Museum drive and for me the highlight of the weekend as I was coordinating the display of R8s and A110s for the anniversary. They announced where to meet the next morning to drive in convoy over to Temora and somewhere in all of that I managed for Frank to announce to try to keep the R8s and the lone R10 together – no A110’s had turned up at this stage, and although a few owners turned up, no A110’s ended up making it to the weekend. I do have photographic evidence for Jason E though that Barry McAdie from ROCC did indeed turn up in his Alpine GTA! The convoy over to Temora was fabulous (there’s that word again!) and although the group got split into two courtesy of a roadworks stop/go traffic light in the middle of nowhere, when I looked either ahead or behind, it was a long line of Renaults as far as the eye could see. A last minute change meant that we weren’t to be parked out on the airfield as originally expected but instead were parked up along the entrance road approaching the airfield. The R8s and R10 managed to park alongside each other and a couple of late comers managed to also slot in. Most of the 4CVs managed to get next to or close to each other as did the “Flocars” and Dauphines so it was quite a sight. One of the expected R4s didn’t make the journey in the end, the owners still coming but in their Triumph 2500. The photos speak for themselves but even with a couple of R8 dropouts which didn’t turn up due to mechanical failure, it was still the largest turnout of R8s in a long time, just managing to pip the record set for us at last years AFCD. The final tally being two R1135s; an R1134, four R1132s; and an R1130 – a total of 8 plus the R10S. After parking and settling, we proceeded en masse to get our hand stamped enabling entry into the Aviation museums and workshops. Most of us chose to take a museum and workshop tour at this point then have a poke about the aircraft displays on the tarmac. They had a few stalls and food/coffee places so there was plenty to keep us entertained, Page 25

watered and fed for many hours quite apart from talking Renaults. The day went quickly, but most people started to drop off and head away mid afternoon. Of note for RCCA people was that our esteemed President and his mate chose to camp in a tent at the airfield Friday and Saturday nights. Apparently “Uncle” locked the door to his room and wouldn’t let him in and the forecast for Friday was “COLD”. Jason commented Saturday that his iPhone app weather station said it was “4.5C, feels like minus 1.5C” which Jase said he could verify. I lamented that I didn’t have an electric blanket in my room. On the plus side though, Jason was able to get up early enough to wash all the bugs off the front of his R8G whereas I slept in and didn’t get the chance to clean mine. Saturday night was the AGM dinner in the local railway station refreshments room (the largest in the country) and the railway station itself was amazing to walk around and view the scale and Olde World Charm of it. I actually went back the next morning to take more photos and walk around in the daylight which many others seem to have done as well although not at the same time. Sunday was shaping up as a busy day starting with a tour and photo opportunity at Monte Cristo homestead, an old historic homestead still in residence on the outskirts of town which has been restored and furnished to period. It looks out of place as it is slowly being swallowed up by new housing estates but it must have once had a commanding view of the town and district. These are where the photos of the cars around a circular drive that you see were taken. There were some great photos taken here as you can see, and the highlight for me was being able to get most of the R8s and the R10S that were still there (some had already left) lined up together out the front for the photos you see here before we adjourned to a pub in town called the Red Cow for lunch. I didn’t see any Red Cows, but I did see lots of Renaults out the front and in the car park opposite and chatted over lunch with lots of new friends made over the weekend from all over the country (and indeed the world counting a couple of O/S visitors). In the afternoon we drove out to the Railway workshops where there was (I believe) the largest “roundhouse” workshop still operating (although now staffed by volunteers) where we could tour and get hands on with a number of old locomotives, carriages etc on display or in the process of being refurbished. I left a little earlier than most as I had formulated a plan to visit the liquorice factory early to get some token gifts for the family that remained at home for the weekend before they closed, and be able to get an early start home the next day. Late that afternoon, there was a swap meet (a 4CV Muster tradition) whereby participants bring along nick-knacks for sale at the hotel. The highlight for me was a ride there in the Davis’ R8G where we took the long way and were treated to a little full throttle run through the gears on one of the deserted roads out of town. I also managed to pick up a near new Page 26

steering wheel centre button for the R8 (possibly NOS, although it had a slight scratch in the side) from Col Redmond of SA for a bargain price. Dinner that night (Sunday) was a free night where people could choose to eat anywhere in town that was open. The choices were a couple of cafes, pubs, a pizza shop or the Returned Servicemen’s Club where they had a bistro/Chinese restaurant. I chose the latter with some of my “Caravan Park” associates including Graham, a Victorian couple who owned an immaculate R1135 (Peter and Val Davis), and a couple from SA who recently bought a 4CV but had not yet got it back onto the road. We had a fabulous meal (that word again) and a really good time chatting away. Muster people filled half the restaurant - at least it seemed so. It was a jovial mood and such an enjoyable end to the weekend for sure. On the Monday morning the group had organised a tour to the Liquorice Factory I mentioned earlier. I can’t add too much to this as I only went to the shop and not the tour but it looked like it would have been a fabulous old place to look around and had that “turn of the century” look about it. Of course we are talking two centuries ago now! I decided to venture back early on the Monday morning and head for the Hume Highway home rather than back through Bathurst. I had a relatively uneventful trip back and apart from seeing Chris and Keike Hartwell whizz by in the Dauphine Gordini near Yass, I didn’t see any other Renaults from the muster that I can recall. I made good time and got home around lunchtime which was hours earlier than I had originally intended so that was a win and a gold star from the family. Those on Aussiefrogs will know that Graham didn’t fare so well. He originally intended to trail me to Bathurst as a security measure, but I said I was confident in the car and didn’t need that so he got a super early start and was gone before I even got up in the morning. I texted him at one of my rest-stops along the way (Pheasants Nest, I think) to say I was almost home and how was he travelling? A picture text reply came in showing the car trailer with a broken axle, and missing its wheel which fortunately he still had. He managed to tie the broken axle up and limp into Bathurst, but being Easter Monday, there wasn’t much else he could do. The trailer hire firm ended up finding someone to replace the axle on the Tuesday and paid for his two nights’ accommodation (and subsequently gave him two weeks’ free trailer hire) so all he could do was unload the Floride (which he needed to do for the axle repairs anyhow) and go for a cruise around the mountain and Bathurst in general. When asked if he was pissed off by the troubles, he replied “I’d had such a fabulous weekend by that stage, and was still on a natural high from such a great weekend that I just shrugged it off”. That pretty much sums the weekend up perfectly. No one I spoke to had anything but glowing praise for the organisers after such a fabulous weekend. I’ll call it Juan Antonio Samaranch style – “the best Muster ever!” The next one is in Forbes in 2015. If you have not been, you seriously should consider going. Even though it won’t be a celebration for the R8s, I’m sure a few of those first-timers present this year will become Register members and will come along. So should you! Page 27

IN THE FOOTSTEPS – ROGER COPP As part of the celebrations for the 200th anniversary of the crossing of the Blue Mountains by Blaxland, Lawson and Wentworth, the NRMA Classic Car Club organised a drive across the mountains on Saturday 11th May. I left home at 7.20am arranging to meet Ian and Karen Walker at the junction of the M5/M7 motorways before heading to the start of the run at Mamre Homestead, St Marys. As is usual with the NRMA Classic Car Club, breakfast was supplied, and as we tucked into our bacon and egg roll, 72 other cars turned up to join the parade up the mountains. We were scheduled to leave at 10am with stops at Wentworth Falls Country Club for lunch, Mt York to enjoy the view and then on to Little Hartley Historic Village for afternoon tea. The lead car for this event was a 1914 Overland (pictured) entered by Ron Cox. Ron is a descent of William Cox who built the road over the mountains. Another entrant was also a descendent of explorer Gregory Blaxland. The Copps and Walkers were taking Mk3A Sprites this time rather than our Renaults. The other RCCA member on the drive, Bob Billiards, was in his Renault 8 Gordini. Also on the drive were a 1922 Vauxhall 23/60 and a 1937 Vauxhall DX 14hp Tourer. The drive attracted a diverse assortment of cars in keeping with the NRMA Classic Club. There were Mustangs, Fairlanes, a Morris 10, Stags, Daimlers, Simcas, a P1800 Volvo (The Saint car), MGs and a Citroen Traction. Quite a good variety of machinery on what was turning into a nice day for a drive. We were flagged off by Club patron, Colin Bond, who stayed with us for the day. The route over the mountains followed as near as possible that taken by the explorers. We drove via Luddenham and Penrith and then up the mountains on the Great Western Highway. We were soon spread out in the Saturday morning traffic. We took a detour through Springwood where, as part of the overall celebrations, the shopping centre was full of stalls and people. As we crawled along I was watching the temperature gauge slowly rising. We stopped at Wentworth Falls Country Club for lunch. Sandwiches and coffee were eaten on the verandah overlooking the 18th hole. By now the weather was cool, but sunny. After lunch we were off to Mt York via Leura and Katoomba. The Mt York lookout area is being refurbished, deadline for this is 29th of May, which is the day when the explorers arrived at that spot in 1813. What a great view. The plaque on the obelisk told us that the 101.5 miles of the road over the mountains to Bathurst was built in 6 months by 28 men, convicts, guarded by soldiers of the 102nd Regiment (The Rum Corps). We don’t build roads that quick these days. Page 28

Finally we went back to the highway for the drive down Victoria Pass to the historic village of Little Hartley where afternoon tea was supplied by the local Anglican Church and the National Parks and Wildlife. Scones, cakes and a cuppa. Very nice. There was an option for us to continue down through Cox’s River and to Jenolan Caves, but as it was nearly 4pm we thought we had gone far enough and would turn for home. Our little Sprites zoomed along with no problems at all and we arrived home around 6pm. A long but great day. Of course we had the tops down, all the way which added to the enjoyment.

The Sprites outside the historic Court House at Little Hartley

NRMA Classic Car Club has about 3 of these types of runs each year. If you have not been on one, you should consider it. It costs nothing to join the club and you don’t even have to be an NRMA member. The club has a drive on October 19th to Canberra, in conjunction with Canberra's weekend on wheels. These events are always catered so all you need to do is to just roll up and enjoy the day. If you were interesting in joining the NRMA Classic Car Club you should contact the Co-ordinator, John Flower, [email protected]

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FLYING THE FLAG - ALASTAIR BROWNE Tell me how many GP teams use Renault engines? One? Two? Think again. A quarter of the teams use Renault engines and I can’t wait to see the joint venture of Renault and Caterham come to fruition in the near future. Thanks to all the mickey-takers in the Club who said they refused to read any more articles by me, I am writing yet another report on the RACV Fly the Flag Tour. This year preparations included an oil and filter change for my Renault 16TS, and Windscreens O’Brien applying heaps of gunk around the windscreen to stop a leak which I discovered after leaving the car out in a rain storm. Most of you know that this car is my daily driver and it also transports my bicycle down the road as I don’t ‘do’ hills, although my new hip does not complain. The only reason I cycle with my mates 3 times a week is ‘cos we stop for coffee on Narrabeen Lake where a lithe, buxom Austrian wench waits, rather persuasively, on table. Who could afford not to have a cappuccino with extra cream? But I digress. We set off on Wednesday 13th March and drove like the French down the Hume Highway. During the tour, this fellow, driving a Mustang, came up to me and asked if I was driving the 16 which flew past him on the Hume to which I responded that Mustangs and MGBs seem to be speed-regulated to 80kph. Guffaw, guffaw! The next day we meandered across beautiful country to the ‘Nongs’ and thence to Melbourne where we stayed in Brunswick where people get murdered. We spent 2 days jumping on and off trams using our brand new Seniors’ Myki cards. Oh for a decent integrated transport system in Sydney – well, not in my life time! Just like the proposed new hospital at Frenchs Forest – not in my life time! Saturday 16th March dawned a beautiful day so we headed for the start of the Tour at Lilydale only to be confronted with 400 people slavering over runny eggs and tough bacon. We were eventually flagged off by John Wood, yes, that famous Australian actor, and proceeded to Shepparton where we had a gander at the motor museum. The next day we went to Wagga Wagga where we stayed a couple of nights. This is the first time I recall the Tour venturing so far into NSW. All the Mexicans complained about the Page 30

state of the roads which I said was attributable to having so few taxpayers and too many rort merchants and bludgers in NSW. We visited Ariah Park (pronounced Area Park) and assisted in raising $10,000 for local funds that day. Tuesday 19th March was an easy day with a run to Wodonga and a visit to the Bandiana Army Museum, a most fascinating place to view for all ages. This night we endured a disastrous dinner. I know that catering for 400 people is not easy but The Cube totally stuffed up, especially with the drinks. They ran out of red wine after 15 minutes and were charging enormous amounts for stuff you’d normally find in plastic casks in the back blocks of Griffith. That night also spelled disaster for our friend Allana’s Porsche 911SC which ended up on a tow truck and had to be transported to Melbourne to be fixed by experts. I don’t think Ferdinand ever thought of tiptronics which was this car’s downfall. On Wednesday we travelled via the King River Valley to Mansfield. Beautiful countryside and the compulsory stop at Beechworth for a Beesting. Thursday was the only day it rained which was a pity as we drove through fantastic scenery to the Kevington pub. That evening was Fancy Dress night and I went as Lance Armstrong, complete with syringes full of ‘blood’ for both arms, bags of pills, bloody knees and a coin box for his charity. I was accompanied by my ‘nurse’. It was a night where you couldn’t stop laughing, especially when ‘Jake The Peg’ took to the dance floor with his 3 legs! Friday 22nd March was the last day with a nice easy run over the mountains to Yarra Glen and a prizegiving lunch. The top gong went to a red Mark 2 Shaguar. My favourites were a 1934 Lancia Augusta, a 1965 Alvis TE21 and a 1980 BMW633Csi. We took a couple of days to get home having covered almost 3400 kms. The Renault didn’t miss a beat and I can’t wait for the next one. We were the only Renault as usual. The tour is limited to 210 cars with a very long waiting list. Don’t attempt these Tours without a sense of humour, a love of moving heritage and ability to have fun, no matter what the situation.

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RETROMOBILE– GREGOR DICKINSON It’s all the fault of Bob Sprague and his fascination with obscure Renault models. Had I seen “Retromobile” and the Renault display there? ( Well, no I hadn’t and what was supposed to be a quick look turned into multiple time- consuming visits. It was fascinating. “Retromobile” is held in the first two weeks of February each year in Paris. It is a total focus on historic automobiles and consists of auctions, car shows, exhibits, displays, trade stalls, club presentations, etc. It is the largest in Europe and one of the largest historic motoring events in the world. Like a Sydney Motorshow on steroids that focuses on historic vehicles. 400 exhibitors 333 000 square metres of exhibition space 500 exquisite cars on display

100 different car clubs in attendance

402 cars auctioned – 96% sold

Total raised at auction €14.5m This year one of the featured marques was Renault with a display entitled Renault: men of passion and outstanding cars. The exhibit featured 15 rare models sourced directly from Renault Classic or Alpine club members. One of the photos on the home page is of a very rare Type MH 6-wheeler (1924), from the Renault Classic collection. These vehicles were specifically designed for trans-Sahara crossings to

link Algeria and French West Africa as there was no railway line linking the two at that stage. Strictly speaking the vehicles were 12-wheelers since the six wheels were twins to get the vehicle over the sands. They were driven through two rear axles with narrow, deflated tyres. Desert military vehicles of WWII like the Studebaker 2½ton truck the Humber and the Dodge battlewagon used the same system of narrow tyres and dual rear axles. Yves Richard, in his book Renault 1898-1965 published in 1965, wrote that the MH6 was based on the 13.9hp models that Renault had at the time, but other web based sources, (http:// suggest they were based on the 10CV. Three MH6 vehicles dubbed the “Routiers du desert,” went to the Gradis-Estienne expedition, which in January 1924 left Colomb-Bechar, at the end of the Algerian railway, for Bourema, at the end of the Niger railway, and made the 1,500-mile crossing in seven days, then turned around and headed back for Algiers. What is not mentioned in the official Renault story is that the vehicles got bogged down in soft sand dunes more than 100 times Page 32

during the 1500-mile crossing. They were great on the stony sections but poor on the sand. Richard says this was the first successful crossing of the Sahara by automobile, but in 19221923 the task had been completed by two half- tracked Citroens. Louis would not have been pleased! More expeditions in Renault six-wheelers followed – most notably the first end-to-end crossing of Africa (1925). Louis Renault established the Compagnie Generale Transsaharienne shortly after to establish regular service – via six-wheeled 20hp buses – between North Africa and Niger, and the 1927 LeBlanc expedition between Cairo and Addis-Ababa seemed to use the Routiers du desert Renaults. Richard notes the use of the six-wheelers in Africa as late as 1932. And that was only one of the 15 vehicles!

Then there was the beautiful Nerva Grand Sport (1937). I love its elegant and well proportioned lines and the fact that the publicists found it necessary to advertise its hill climbing ability. It was a large car with a V8 engine and was never a top seller – its smaller 6-cylinder powered sibling – the Viva Sport – sold in much greater numbers. At “Retromobile” there was a pristine example of the Nerva Grand Sport on display. Also displayed were a number of Twingos, 4CVs, Formula 1 cars and Alpines, including the Alpine A220 (pictured on the right) of which there are only 2 surviving V-8 prototypes developed by Alpine for enduring racing in the 1960s. Below is the ornate interior of the matt black Presidential Twingo designed by Jean-Charles de Castelbajac in 2012. Have a look at the site, but be warned there are other marques that were fe at ur ed t h i s ye ar (Porsche, Bugatti and Bentley to name a few) and I found it took a number of visits to satisfy my interest and to allow me time to drool over the beautiful cars. Page 33

TARGA TASMANIA 2013 … ANOTHER GO! – ANDREW COLLIER Sometime after our disappointing 2011 Targa Tasmania had faded from our memory it was decided to have another lash in 2013. This would give ample time to get engine problems that stopped us in our tracks on the first day sorted. Then have a run in some shorter events to test any changes we had made to the car in the meantime. So I thought……… So, with a new camshaft and skew gear fitted I went out and tested the new bits by competing in various super sprints. It seemed to be behaving itself, and my faith in the little Renault 5’s reliability was slowly returning. By the end of 2012 I was keen to really test the car by going in a two day tarmac rally. The Targa High country in November was just the event to shake it down properly before the TT in 2013. We completed the two days of High Country, albeit with some small issues on day two. The small issue I speak about was the distributor innards slowly disintegrating. It still amazes me how an engine will continue to run when so many things are doing their best to stop it! From rally headquarters in Mt Buller, Victoria I made a beeline to Dave’s Sydney workshop in Granville. After some long discussions with Dave about the best course of action it was decided to give the inlet side of the engine a total makeover. Looking at the calendar meant the timeframe would be tight but manageable. The plan was to replace the K-Jet mechanical fuel injection with modern injectors joined by a common rail controlled by a computer. Also on the agenda, was a complete modernising of the now past its use-by date distributor. The Renault 5 Turbo has a unique inlet manifold which would not work with the new system. Dave had to design and build this manifold by hand in aluminium. Once the system was in, it was to be controlled by a Haltech management system. This is a modern version of the unit that has been in our motorkhana special for the last twelve years. Sounded fairly simple on paper, but there would be hundreds of man hours in the modification. Because of the tight time frame I promised Dave he would receive a call from me for an update every Friday. Also, I promised to drop in on the odd Saturday to eyeball progress. The project was going well up until three weeks out from our date of departure to the Apple Isle. All of Dave’s work was done, the holdup was the outside vendor upgrading the distributor. The “one week to finish” promise turned into three much to my utter annoyance. Dave is one of the calmest blokes I know under stress, and he assured me all would be OK. I asked him to let the distributor bloke know I had already paid the huge entry fee for the upcoming Targa event and was not keen to forfeit it with a no show! A Marulan Track day caught my eye, calendared for Easter Monday. I signed up for it. After some frantic last minute finishing touches, I could finally load the little car onto the trailer late Saturday afternoon, finished and ready for Mondays test. All that was left to do was track test and make any last minute tune adjustments. Travelling in the Territory with me, as I towed the R5 to Marulan, were a bunch of very interested observers. They were, Steve Randell, Terry Spilling (a couple of old mates) and Dave C armed with a computer and a few tools to make what we all hoped would be minimal adjustments. The Marulan Track day was a complete success with the car performing above expectation without so much as a hiccup. I pulled the pin early, not wanting to push my luck. We all gathered around the car. Without exception, we were struck by how well the test went after such a massive modification. I was truly impressed with Dave’s engineering! The job he has done is as neat as a pin and worked so well first time out! It was Monday April 1, in exactly seven days we would be leaving for Melbourne and the Spirit of Tasmania departing Monday 8th! Thank goodness all had gone so well! Page 34

The following week was fairly hectic getting things organised for the trip. We had to load spare tyres, tool boxes, jacks, jack stands, cleaning rags, you name it, we took it. Our plan was to arrive four days before the actual start date of Targa. Belinda and I wanted to recce the course marking additional safety notes on our pre-purchased pace notes. Rules prohibit the use of competition cars for recce so the Ford Territory was our weapon of choice. We had made arrangements to jettison the trailer with R5 attached and all the contents of the Territory into a secure storage facility not far from our disembarking point in Devonport. The next four days where spent going over the course. We ran out of time to do the last two stages of the event near Hobart (we figured we should both have our eye in by then). On Sunday April 14th we were required to present the car to scrutineering and ourselves to documentation for licence checks. This includes the handing over of car numbers and sponsor stickers which were carefully applied in the following hours. My car was presented to the scrutineers. With the chief scrutineers words “fast track this one” I was on my way. The car was not checked for anything! It doesn’t get any faster than that! The same thing happened at Targa High Country. After all the official stuff was sorted out it was time to get some happy snaps with some of the other members of Team Renault Car Club. Ted negotiated with Adam Spence to bring his Megane down to where the rest of us were waiting (Ernst and Sonja in their A110 Alpine, Ted and Jen in the Megane R26 and Belinda and myself in the R5).

Team RCCA Lined up for a Happy Snap

The next day, Monday, was spent making final preparation to the cars. Our service crew for this five day event were Andrew Fifield, Ken Albery, Albert Johnson and Noela Wood. Needless to say, we would discover that over the next five days they would each be totally priceless! Monday night was the welcome function where the event director, local Police and various dignitaries said there piece to the gathered throng. Finger food was the fare, variously washed down with the odd beer or wine. The thought of an early start the next day had us heading back to our accommodation early. We were staying at the Launceston Country Club Villas. This was an ideal location, placing us very close to the Silverdome which was used as Parc Ferme for the first three days of the rally. Thanks must go to Ernst who, once again, booked all the accommodation for us all. Belinda and I had a two bedroom Villa which we shared with Andrew and Ken. I couldn’t even hear either of them snoring!

Andrew & Ken make final adjustments

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being the first hit out in this five day tarmac rally. We got off the mark quite well, then when all was going fairly well I went straight on at a “five left”. No damage done, reversed back onto the right line and carried on to the finish. Daughter Sam managed to find a three second shot of Team Collier going straight on with brakes locked captured by the local ABC news team! I thought I had gotten away with it! Facebook was soon buzzing with smart comments on my driving error. The next test we had to negotiate was Kayena stage. The idea of the two stages on Day 0 is to combine the times and work out the start order for Day 1. Tarmac rallies have the slowest competitors start first with the fastest at the rear of the field. Each car is started with a 30 second interval between them. Day 1 would be the first official day of competition. The event organising team text each competitor’s start time to driver and navigator every evening. The R5 was due to head out of the Silverdome at precisely 8.35am. The start of the Deloraine stage is around 80kms from the Silverdome. Eventually our turn came to line up at the stage start. The lights indicate 5 seconds to go and Belinda counts down to zero………GO! Off we went, first stage, first day. Six kilometres into the stage and we are met by a competitor on foot madly waving his arms for us to stop. I could see that three other cars had stopped to render assistance to what could only be described as an absolutely horrific sight. Off to the right, an unrecognizable crumpled mess of metal amongst the trees. A white faced competitor came to my window and asked that I go to the stage end and get it stopped as there had been a very serious accident. Later we learned that the driver had been fatally injured with the co-driver surviving, suffering severe injuries. The sight of this accident at such an early stage certainly put the wind up us. It put a cloud over the whole event once the very serious nature of the crash became widely known. We finished the rest of day 1’s eight stages successfully and without drama. We had just gone further than we did in 2011 by finishing all of day 1 and could now look forward to day 2! The classic cars that we drive need TLC every day after competition ends, but, the work must be carried out before parking in Parc Ferme for the night. Andrew and Ken would swing into action tightening loose nuts and bolts. The R5 had the habit of rattling its front suspension and engine mount bolts loose. The engine was going beautifully and only needed the usual fluid checks. Day 2 was an early start. At precisely 7:07am our car number was called. With that I started the engine and headed out into the Ken tightening the engine mounts early morning traffic making our way to the Rossarden stage. This would be a drive of around 120km to get to the start point. At around the 70km mark Belinda had the sudden realization that she had forgotten to bring the Pace Notes for the whole of day 2!! I was suddenly faced with the prospect of trying to do the stages on sight alone. Belinda phoned the Pace Note man who gave us a number of his mates, mate’s wife who got hold of a set of notes and proceeded to dictate them over the phone to Belinda. The phone was dropping in and out just to spice things up, but a scribbled bunch of words and numbers soon appeared on the back of the previous day’s notes. Just in time for Stage 1. We met up with Andrew and Ken on the next transport stage where he handed over a hand scribbled set of notes for stage 2! In the meantime Albert and Noela Page 36

were obtaining a key to our villa with strict instructions to find day 2’s pace notes and get them as fast as possible to the lunch stop at St Helens. The only problem was we were some 150km from the villa, and they would need to travel along some very tight and twisty roads to reach us! Our time out at the lunch break soon arrived. We drove up the road and waited patiently for the notes to arrive. After a twenty minute wait they arrived, a quick thank you to our saviours and we were on our way. The rest of the day’s eight stages went well. The weather had been amazing, not a drop of moisture anywhere. Days 3 and 4 required us to move out of our digs in Launceston and head to the west coast. The next two day’s accommodation would be in Strahan, a small coastal tourist village right on the water’s edge. While the rally crews headed there via competition stages, the service crews had to carry the crews’ extra luggage and make their own way loaded up to the hilt. The west coast is famous for its unpredictable weather. Rain is usually standard fare here. For the first time, in many years of Targa events run in this part of the world the sun continued to shine, and didn’t stop! The car was still running faultlessly, the only requirements were for the odd spanner here and there, tightening stuff. The service boys were kept busy during the days by meeting us at pre-arranged stops in transport stages for refuelling. The fuel gauge in my car is notoriously unreliable, so it is better to be sure than sorry on the fuel front. We had calculated it to be doing around 40ltr/100km at worst (I didn’t buy it for its economy). Each day in the west had eight stages to complete. The days were starting to get quite long The R5 gets a well deserved drink and tiring. Rest was important at this point if we intended to make it to the end, let alone the car! So partying during the rally was definitely out. The final 5th day of competition had arrived. The plan was to complete six stages on our way to Hobart and the finish line. As we prepared our car for leaving, I noticed Ernst had not left Parc Ferme at his allotted time. Apparently his under-dash heater matrix had decided to burst a hose, spilling coolant all over the cabin floor. Bugger!!! The A110 was driven up the road to a service station with a hoist. Albert immediately swung into action re-routing the heater hose back at the engine, problem solved!

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Some of the most spectacular roads are encountered on the last day, in particular the steep climb out of Queenstown. With two stages left to the end I could feel something thumping in the front left suspension area. I phoned Andrew and asked if he and Ken could have a quick look on the next transport stage. Sure enough, at the next transport stage I was directed to drive onto a perfectly placed drop sheet and step out of the vehicle. Ken climbed under the front while

Andrew refuelled. It was typical of the fantastic service these two gave us over the whole of Tasmania! In a matter of minutes the fuel was in and Ken reported the noise as a cracked sway bar rubber. We jumped in and sped off. The last two stages were done with a slight amount of nervousness in being so close to actually finishing this iconic event. We came out of the last stage with smiles a mile wide. We had actually finished one of the most punishing tarmac rallies in the world. What a great feeling! As we drove out of the finish control and in to the transport stage back to Hobart, I was humbled to see Adam Spence and his crew applauding us as we drove by. Adam, sadly, had rolled his Megane while leading the showroom category earlier in the rally. Finally we reached the Wrest Point precinct where the official finish was located. There was a bit of a traffic jam, but we finally had our moment in the sun. With huge grins on both of us we drove under the finishing banner and had our finishing medals presented while the cameras flashed! It was all rather exciting! When the smoke had cleared, all of the RCCA crews had All smiles accepting our finishing medals finished. The Luthis A110, Ted and Jen in the Megane and Belinda and myself in the R5 Turbo 2! The service crews had been magnificent. Andrew and Ken in the Territory, Albert and Noela in the Touareg. We had travelled over 2000km of Tasmania’s best driving roads in just 5 days. 600km of these were competition stages! The next day was a rest day with the presentation dinner that evening. Ted, Jen, Belinda and myself had decided to stay for the presentation. Team Luthi headed back to the mainland with work commitments cramping their style. We used the day to go to the world famous MONA (Museum of Old and New Art0) Gallery in the grounds of the Morilla Vineyards. The gallery itself is a fair dinkum eye opener!! One of the sculptures in the courtyard was a full sized concrete mixer made entirely from laser cut sheets of iron……..amazing!

Concrete mixer made of laser cut sheets

That night we went to the presentation dinner and watched what seemed like every one but us get a prize! Next day we headed back to Devonport and boarded the Spirit of Tasmania Page 38

for our return journey. Boy, were we looking forward to getting home after spending the last two weeks in various motor cars! Some huge thanks must be given to the following: Dave C for performing a most miraculous transformation to my R5 Andrew F for planning out the service schedule to military accuracy Ernst L for booking the accommodation and ferry for us Belinda C for being a great navigator, great company, and sitting in a noisy car with me for 5 days plus recce in a Ford Territory for 4! L-R: Jen, Ted, Andrew & Belinda

We enjoyed every minute of it!

RENAULT NETWORK NSW Brian Hilton Renault 600 Pacific Highway, Gosford 2250 P: 02 4328 2888 W: Hunter Viking Car Centre (Parts and Service Only) 16 Christo Rd, Georgetown 2298 P: 02 4960 1200 Andrew Miedecke Renault 100 Hastings River Drive, P ort Macquarie, NSW, 2444 P: 02 6583 8855 W: Corban Renault 40-42 Flinders St, Wollongong, NSW, 2500 P: 02 4229 9111 McCarroll's Renault 81-87 Lambton Road, Broadmeadow, NSW, 2292 P: 02 4963 9188 W: AMR Renault (Parts and Service Only) 26-32 Halloran Street Lilyfield NSW 2040 P: 02 8757 0777 W:

Peter Warren Hume Highway, Liverpool P: 02 9828 8888 Service: 02 9828 8059 Parts: 02 9828 8999 E: [email protected] Northshore Motors 60 Pacific Highway, Waitara 2077 P: 02 9473 7122 Service: 02 9473 7171 W: Sydney City Renault 301 Botany Rd, Waterloo NSW P: 02 9398 7666 W: Rolfe Renault (Phillip) 152 Melrose Drive, Phillip ACT 2606 P: 02 6282 8000 W: Rolfe Renault (Belconnen) 15 Josephson Road, Belconnen ACT 2617 P: 02 6213 1250 W: Col Crawford Motors Cnr Cross & Pittwater Road, Brookvale 2100 P: 02 9941 1200 Page 39

ALL FRENCH CAR DAY 14 July 2013 From 10:00am

Silverwater Park, Silverwater (access from carpark on eastern side of the bridge - see map) Free Concours : many classes, including each decade and RenaultSport model Entry for French cars to the park is $10 per car BYO picnic or catering available

From Victoria Road

Entrance to Park

Silverwater Park

Turn here from Silverwater Road From Parramatta Road

Sydney’s largest gathering of French marques Page 40


For Sale

For Sale

R5TL 1974 White two-door, 956cc, 4-speed gearbox, approx 110,000miles; French-built, ex-UK car; fair condition; on Historic plates. $2,000ono Contact Bob Sprague 0414 670 320 [email protected]

R5TS 1984 Rare 4-door car with 1397cc engine and 5speed gearbox; white; 115,000Km; great interior, good body, runs well; registered till June 2014; REN 005. $4,000ono Contact Bob Sprague 0414 670 320 [email protected]

RENAULT ENTHUSIASTS IN AUSTRALIA Clubs Renault Owners Club of Canberra PO Box 10 CIVIC SQUARE ACT 2608 President Barry McAdie ([email protected]) Renault Car Club of Victoria PO Box 111 HEIDELBERG VIC 3184 Ph: (03) 9802 3963 Renault Car Club of Australia PO Box 119 RYDE NSW 2112 Editor: [email protected] Renault Car Club of Qld. PO Box 1215, MT OMMANEY QLD 4074 [email protected] Club Automobile Francais (S.A.) PO Box 330 CAMPBELLTOWN SA 5074 [email protected] French Car Club of Tasmania PO Box 193 NEW TOWN TAS 7008 Lisa Febey ([email protected])

Model Registers Renault Fuego Register Ph: (02) 6231 4178 Leigh McEwan ([email protected]) Renault 4CV Register of Australia 4 The Ridge NARARA NSW 2250 Ph: (02) 4324 2640 Frank Wicks ([email protected]) Renault 12 Register LisaMolvig (02) 6254 2040 [email protected] Renault 16 Register John Elliott (03) 98906108 [email protected] Mike Neil ([email protected]) Renault 25 Register Ph: (02) 6292 2648 h Luke Drady ([email protected]) Renault Clio Sport Register Mark Hulskamp ([email protected]) OzRenaultSport

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CMC CALENDAR OF COMING EVENTS 2013 List of some of the events shown on the CMC website RCCA is affiliated with the CMC. Club members are welcome to attend all CMC events. For the full calendar and further details, see the Coming Events page at:

June 2013 Tue 4th

Oasis Run

Sun 16th

Gosford Swap Meet, Gosford Showground

Sun 23rd

Buick Car Club Annual Concours Day, Rouse Hill

Fri 28th - Sun 30th

P76 40th Anniversary Celebration , Canberra

Sun 30th

Rattle & Hum Car Show, Castle Hill RSL

July 2013 Sun 14th

American Independents' Day, Linwood House, Guildford

Sun 21st

Liverpool Super Swap Meet, Fairfield City Showground

Sun 29th

All Ford Family Day, Sydney Motorsport Park

August 2013 Sun 18th

Shannons Sydney Classic, Sydney Motorsport Park, Eastern Creek

Sun 25th

All British Day, Kings School, Parramatta

September 2013 Sun 15th

Burwood Spring Festival Show ‘N’ Shine, Burwood Park

Sun 15th

CMC 50th Anniversary Luncheon , Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club

Sun 29th

Bay to Birdwood Classic, Adelaide

Sun 29th

BMC Reunion, Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club

October 2013 Satur 19th - Sun 20th

Centenary of Canberra Rally, From Jervis Bay to Canberra

Sun 20th

All Chrysler Day, Fairfield Showgrounds

November 2013 Sun 10th

Mopar Rumble, Sydney Dragway, Eastern Creek

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RENAULT MOTOR SPORT NEWS Adam Spence will by now be in the UK with co-driver Erin Kelly to compete in the famous Jim Clark Rally on May 31. The pair will swap the RenaultSport Megane 250 for a 235bhp Group N Honda Civic Type R rally car provided by front-wheel-drive specialists EuroRallye. Erin commented, “The car is now undergoing a full strip down and preparation for the event. I am looking forward to see how Adam adapts to the naturally aspirated Honda in comparison to the turbocharged Renault that he is used to.” Good luck Adam and Erin. In the Australian Rally Championship, Renault Australia leads the manufacturers after two round with the Clios of Pedder/ Moscatt and Wilde/Hayes second and third respectively. The third round was run, just prior to going to press, in South Australia. The 2013 Peking to Paris Endurance Rally starts at the end of May. 33 days across Asia and Europe with Gerry Crown and Matt Bryson in the P76. Also in the starting line-up are 2 Renaults - an R4 and a Frégate.

2013 F1 Calendar Round

In F1, Mr Webber is not having a good (and reportedly final) year in F1. What with being overtaken by “team mate” Seb and a wheel falling off, things just aren’t going smoothly. Currently 6th in the drivers’ standing he has a lot of ground to make up if he wants a top 3 finish. Fingers crossed for a better run in the Monaco GP.



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