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    The mind is wandering back to the best days ever.



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    Just look in what type of competition the Renaults found themselves. The last picture of the Renault advert is from 1964.

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    They must have looked positively lost in a pack with Gt40's! Fantastic

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    Quote Originally Posted by bowie View Post
    They must have looked positively lost in a pack with Gt40's! Fantastic
    And probably offset lack of performance by remaining on the track, whist the competition were on refuel stops in the pits.

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    Tthere probably was a bit of that. But to see a R8's and GT40 braking for the same corner position. Well that would have been awesome
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    Hi All,
    The picture of the opening lap was taken just after Clubhouse corner entering the esses.(Turn 6). You can see how much of the track they have already traveled at this point. He might have taken a spot or two exiting Leeukop. Then the looong straight started and things would have started to change. Track length at the time was 4.1 km.





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    Those GT cars must have been hard to fire up��
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    KB,
    I have an answer for that as well. Have a look at the results and you can do your own calculations. The G came 4th overall after 9 hours, I still think they gave them hell whether they were hard starters or not.



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    Thanks Frans,
    Brings back many memories, and the picture into the Esses, at that time, we would be watching from the entry into Crowthorne. That was a good race weekend. We had friends in the pits who got us passes, so we visited the pits often through the day.

    Loved Kyalami, Grand Prix was from the grand stand at the Kink, 9Hr/1000km was roving, and watch the last hour from Pit grand stand. Spring trophy and such was Clubhouse and Crowthorne.

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    Thanks Frans.

    That's pretty impressive performance, not to mention very good driving to preserve the car for 9 hours. They must have been over the moon with that result.

    If I'd been there, I'd be quite misty reading that. Come to think of it, even not having been there.........

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    A remarkable result given the competition ! Is that a Toyota Corona to the left of the R8 in pic #2 ?...lol
    Great pics thanks Frans

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    Would there be any footage on YouTube that can be linked here for us to enjoy?
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    Quote Originally Posted by furneauxfrogger View Post
    A remarkable result given the competition ! Is that a Toyota Corona to the left of the R8 in pic #2 ?...lol
    Great pics thanks Frans
    It is a Toyota GT5 Coupe in Class C. The Gordini was Class A, under 1300.
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    Quote Originally Posted by COL View Post
    Would there be any footage on YouTube that can be linked here for us to enjoy?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frans View Post
    Couldn't find any Col
    Thanks for looking Frans, we will just have to enjoy the posted pics
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    Love the Aussie Valiant in the background of the first pic too.

    Also, news of the 1963 event reached Australia. Another good finish for the R8 956 GT in a very creditable fourth place, and a 1093 in an equally creditable 7th place (1st in under 1000cc class) overall.
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    I thought this made for interesting reading on the topic:-

    Alconi Conversion for Renault R8 & R10 Models 1964 - 1970
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    What a great read Thank you.
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    article printed well too

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    Great stuff Frans,

    The top (first) pic is of Garth la Reserve in his R10 down the main straight, at the old Roy Hesketh circuit in Pietermaritzburg. Sadly no longer with us any more, however, his son Shaun, is currently campaigning the VW Polo series in ZA, so the legacy lives on.
    The Roy Hesketh circuit was "home" to me for +- 25 years, having attended the second ever meeting held there way back in the 50's as a very young boy and to pursue a Karting career through to the late 70's. Attended the last meeting held there in 81, when the circuit was forced to close down.
    Kyalami was also a circuit I frequented at the time depicted by the pics posted, for us Natal fans, an epic journey of 7 to 8 hours up to Johannesburg on roads nothing like the highways we have in the N3.
    For those expats interested in a bygone era, visit www.Roy Hesketh Heritage.co.za, loads and loads of pics of yesteryear.

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    The vehicle 4th just ahead of the R8 Gordini (driver Scamp Porter) at Kyalami is a Mazda RX3, I believe, and Jody Scheckter seems to be the pilot!

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    Someone just suggested to me that there was a cable on he rear of the R8.

    Apparently was a guy who did not like to see others loose by too much so he towed the Zephyr SICK [as we used to call them] along so that the driver could have a true sense of speed.

    That aside-interesting how it has brought some comments far & wide.

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