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    Hi All,

    Last Saturday I took the G out for a run to Hampton Downs where I would've been racing to lick my wounds and to see the newcomers and refreshed cars in action.

    I had my Renault jacket on because of a chill in the air when I was approached by a guy with a huge camera and bag. He said that he has been looking for me for a long time but never managed to meet me at my car. I guess it is typical when one goes to a show, lock the car and wonder off to admire the other specialties. He then asked me if I would consider a photo shoot and an article in the NZ Autocar Magazine and promised me it will be professional and only if I agree etc etc. Well I said yes, but deep down inside I shouted out loud YES! He took my contact detail and left.

    The phone call came much sooner than I expected and the photo shoot happened on Wednesday. We went to a boat yard at the harbour and he took photos for Africa. I think it was around 300 photos with the Gordini posing in various different positions. He was lying down at times and standing on ladders other times and carried on until almost dark.

    Then we came home and he had an interview with me with all types of questions. He must have done some homework on Gordinis because the questions were very relevant to the model and unique changes between the G and the R8. He said a few times that he liked the car being used and that it is not in a garage all the time. More natural with a few flaws here and there. It all ended with a photo shoot of me in my mancave.

    I don't know when it will be published, but I sure will tell you!

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    Look forward to the article Frans
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    Good for you Frans, can't wait for the article. I'm being hassled to do one on BARNIE !!!

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    Hi All,

    The magazine saw life yesterday and thanks to Johan who pointed me out to the new release. I think it is a good article and I hope you can read it. A point or two that got lost in translation or maybe it was my perfect English he couldn't understand .

    I have photographed it and posted it here and I don't know any other way. Maybe there is a better way if anyone can suggest it.















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    Very nice Frans, You and your G are published. That is an achievement, to be proud of.

    Well done!!!!

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    A nice feature story, well deserved! Onya, Frans!
    It's another lovely day! Again!

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    I don't know how I missed this post Frans. That is just wonderful! And, you know, yours is the only Gordini I've ever driven! Great feature article.

    Our R8 is on blocks awaiting the return of my wheels from straightening and painting - not too soon after 53 years of work! New stainless steel braided hoses are just fitted but it's not quite on the road for testing yet.

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    Good one. Thanks for sharing!
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    That is exactly what I mean when I grumble about people buying cars like that because they an and then keeping them under lock and key. How sad would that little blue beast be under a tarp?

    Well done Frans, and keep the little blue beast kicking about.

    And get that calendar out already!

    PS. I don't agree the car isn't gorgeous. Boxy it may be, but I think the designer managed to pull it off by nicely rounding all the edges to give the shape a soft blend unlike a Volvo (or even an R10). I think that allows the car to get away with being boxy.
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    The R8 styling is quite a story. In summary, and subject to correction, Renault spent some time developing a Dauphine replacement and, when presented to the marketing folk, they said "Mon Dieu, we can't sell that"! They brought in the famed Philippe Charbonneaux, a noted French designer to summarise, and he came in with panel beaters and a pile of aluminium sheets and they restyled the car in two weeks flat, to create what we know as the R8. It might be the last car in history to be styled that way.

    The R8 is quite good aerodynamically and, in my terribly biased eyes, quite a special and attractive car for its time. Having owned one for 44 years, I might be regarded as biased of course. Gorgeous? Of course it is.
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    Congratulations and well done Frans!

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    well earned frans congradulations
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    Frans, What a great result in being as famous as L&P. Your skills in rebuilding the Gordini and classic car racing and off course all your Aussie followers entitles to a place on the pool room trophy shelf.

    Big respects...

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    Really great article Frans! This is the type of read that inspires one to get out into the shed and get on with it....just like I'm doing now,
    well done

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    It is also a salute to individualism.
    It does seem that for a few million, various manufacturers can produce grunty performance cars.
    Albeit with certain degrees of familiarity.

    So a "mini me" (in whatever guise) is always heartwarming.
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    Awesome Frans.such an article could not be done on a more deserving bloke. So glad i got close to both those cars.
    Cheers brian

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    For those of us who know these cars, have seen them in action, owned and appreciate them, this article means a lot.

    For those who don't know, or don't care, I feel they wont grasp the significance of it.
    I mean, a 1300cc four door saloon car that can leave a 3 litre Ford Crapi (of the same vintage) for dead. Not only that but a fantastic record of numerous sprint and endurance race victories, and a clean sweep of the Aus Rally Championship in 1970! I could go on for ever....

    Good on ya, Frans.

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    Just read it again. Sigh. What a great tribute to the R8 Gordini and to Frans!
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    Thank you for all the kind and inspiring words!! The pictures did come out nice and the car still looks good since it has been back on the road after restoration now for 25 years and used weekly for shopping trips. Before 2006 (the start of the racecar build) it was my racecar for lesser events. Did all sprints and motorkhanas with it and it even experienced action on Pukekohe.

    Thanks again. Frans.
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    Just to clarify a little detail, V6 Capri's were saw'n off with the 1100 4CV, The G was used to embarrass V8s. I recall a certain Pontiac Firebird owner who would not talk to Frans again.

    PS. Frans, Jeanette recon even your workshop looks neater.
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    Hi All, sorry Johan I didn't read your comment until now.

    Just to clarify a little detail, V6 Capri's were saw'n off with the 1100 4CV, The G was used to embarrass V8s. I recall a certain Pontiac Firebird owner who would not talk to Frans again

    Yes Johan, thanks for the reminder, that black Firebird pasted all over the red bonnet didn't have enough power in its wings to catch an angry G! And the 4CV! well what can I say. Myself, my wife and a friend in the 4CV and only 2 up in the Capri. I love all these old stories and to have a cherry on the cake, there are plenty of witnesses as well. ............Oh, and tell Jeanette I did have a cleanup, one can't invite people into an untidy workshop.

    I found the original photos of the magazine and must admit that they look so good and sharp. They make my car look better than new.











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    That does remind me to repaint my radiator panel..... Lovely photos Frans.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnW View Post
    That does remind me to repaint my radiator panel..... Lovely photos Frans.
    Fussy sod!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4cvg View Post
    Fussy sod!
    Well, it's matt black, aged paint now with splodges of red paint from the 1996 brush painting, so you can't say I've rushed into thinking about it. Nor have I got to the job yet! But that last photo of Frans' car did remind me.....
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    Come on, tell us the Firebird story! Don't tease!


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