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    Just in my dusty archives, reviewing some of my old Renault bulletins, in hope of finding some info on various drive shaft lengths, when I came across this Press Release from 22nd June 1966 which reads, as follows:

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    Renault Scores in 24 hour Lemans
    Competing against cars with engines over 5 times their capacity, the 1300cc Renault Alpines performed brilliantly in the 1966 LeMans 24 hour race to win the first 3 places in their class and gained 8th, 10th, 11th and 13th places outright.

    Fifty-five cars started in this years world classic and only fifteen finished, including ALL four Renault Alpines.
    signed: JK Slattery, ( Wholesale Manager)

    i bet that Kevin Slattery ( later to become State Manager in Qld) could never have imagined that some Renault 'Tragic' then working as Service Manager for the WA State Distributors, would file that bulletin away and then 46 years later, would tap the keys of his iPad and make his words of 1966 appear on a Renault dedicated forum called Aussie Frogs! Particularly, as back in that era, call direct interstate phone calls were still not possible and ALL interstate calls had to be pre- booked thru the local GPO office!

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    Brilliant Rod, thanks for posting...

    I know that when my friend Greenblood reads this he will turn a darker shade of green....
    Every day when I wake up I reach up in the darkness with my eyes shut and if I cannot feel anything that resembles a wooden lid I know it will be a good day. No lid today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 59 Floride View Post
    Brilliant Rod, thanks for posting...

    I know that when my friend Greenblood reads this he will turn a darker shade of green....
    I might be a little green around the gills from a little over indulgence over Chrissy lunch Graham...

    ...but no, I applaud Renault's success at Le Mans. A major event that Citroen has no claim to, only ever competed on one occasion in 1932 with the C4 and sadly DNF with engine failure chasing down a Bugatti.

    Nice thread Rod, thank you

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    But Citroen put on some great motor racing entertainment at the 1968 Bathurst race.

    Have a look at the incident at about 3:25 and again at 6:05

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gn8Y4iTluP0
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    Ha, ha...nice one Greenblood!

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    Hey Rod, I was not even 6 months old when that happened!

    It's amazing watching the vid from Bathurst. "Safety standards - who needs them?"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rod Slater View Post
    <snip> some Renault 'Tragic' then working as Service Manager for the WA State Distributors, <snip>
    As a mild thread hijack, I am reading Bob Watson's memoirs (I work as a volunteer at the Automobile Museum in Tasmania & noticed that we had it for sale, so bought it) & it had a nice story about your successful R16TS PR stunt scotching the suspension fault concern. Very nicely done!
    cheers! Peter

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    Thanks Peter, I still have the file on that project in my archives!

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    Quote Originally Posted by UFO View Post
    Hey Rod, I was not even 6 months old when that happened!

    It's amazing watching the vid from Bathurst. "Safety standards - who needs them?"
    I went to the 1969 Easter Production Car Race. The safety standards were the same as 1968. Prior to that I went to October Bathurst races in 1965. David McKay used to drive a silver Jaguar 3.8 which just purred around the track - space, grace, pace.

    Those were the good old days, when Conrod Straight was straight with a right angled left hander at the bottom (or an escape road straight ahead). Given the standard of brakes it those days, the escape road became popular towards the end of the day.

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    I remember watching the race in the mid 70s and crashes and runoffs were a highlight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rod Slater View Post
    Thanks Peter, I still have the file on that project in my archives!
    Rod, are you toddling across to Junee at Easter for the 4CV et c. muster?

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    My first 'race car' was a 4CV... My first 'event' the 6hour Lemans. I then raced, rallied, hill climbed, motorkhanad and sprinted 4 CV's and had lots of fun, but unfortunately I no longer own a 4CV, so won't be at Junee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rod Slater View Post
    My first 'race car' was a 4CV... My first 'event' the 6hour Lemans. I then raced, rallied, hill climbed, motorkhanad and sprinted 4 CV's and had lots of fun, but unfortunately I no longer own a 4CV, so won't be at Junee.
    Any rear-engined Renault would do :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by michaelr View Post
    But Citroen put on some great motor racing entertainment at the 1968 Bathurst race.

    Have a look at the incident at about 3:25 and again at 6:05

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gn8Y4iTluP0
    Great vid.......the DS was superb.....

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    The David McKay Mk2 Jag was grey. Sorry to be a pedant, but i had to.....

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    I no longer own ANY rear engined Renaults either!

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    Quote Originally Posted by marquesports View Post
    The David McKay Mk2 Jag was grey. Sorry to be a pedant, but i had to.....
    You are correct. From Macphillamy looking into the sun, the grey probably took on a more silver hue. Maybe my memory cells have gone silver over the years to match my hair.

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