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    Hi All

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    I thought this will be of interest, the badges for the Renault R8 & R10 Alconi's that were produced by Alconi Developments in the late 60's.
    2 on the roof side panels and a small one on the steering plus the one one the left rear panel

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    Hi Harry, I have some somewhere as well.

    If anybody wants them, send me an email or PM and the address, they are FREE !!!! Christmas present !!!!!

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    Yes please,

    Check my p.m.

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    Who and what is alconi? Thats a great looking badge, similar to the Diamond Back bmx badge in the early 80's with the snake

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    Alconi Development is a South African tuning company that specialised in modifying Fiats and Renaults in the 60's and early 70's.
    You could actually buy a Renault Alconi off the Renault dealers showroom complete with full Renault factory warranty, much the same as Mini Cooper, Fiat Arbarth, etc.
    Or you could buy the bits from them, (from mild to wild), and d.i.y.
    They actually still operate today, now specializing in turbocharging modern cars/utes.

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    Here is a extract from the Alconi Brochure.

    They were very clever boys, had a Dyno, but did a lot of testing on the Joburg Pretoria freeway, in particular 2 long hills, at that altitude they got very good "horse power" from 1100 and 1300 motors.

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    A bit of useless information..........
    A 1100 Renault Alconi was the first car in S Africa bought from a dealer off the showroom floor, with the factory warranty that could do a true 100mph at an altitude of 5750 ft. The year? I think it was 1967 or 68.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rubyalpine View Post
    Yes please, Check my p.m. Henry
    I thought you'd be in quickly! Rare items, that is for sure!

    Best wishes,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frans View Post
    A bit of useless information..........
    A 1100 Renault Alconi was the first car in S Africa bought from a dealer off the showroom floor, with the factory warranty that could do a true 100mph at an altitude of 5750 ft. The year? I think it was 1967 or 68.
    Regards,
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    I could almost dine out on that one Frans. I do notice peoples' eyes glazing over though when I talk about such important matters, but I really don't understand why....
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    He was in quick, back in 2010!
    Shoji doesn’t hold the record for holy thread revival, but by god it’s close!
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    I have another little story about the Alconi guys as well. This is a copy/paste extraction from a modification that was done in the heyday of the R8s giant killing spree in South Africa. The only small change in the story is that the Union Spirit petrol they are mentioning was actually made from sugar cane. Here it is.

    "Puddles teamed up with John Conchie and Scamp Porter on the supercharger project and their initial scheme hinged around a 1 296cc mill - mainly because a 1428cc engine was not suitable as it bumped the car up a class. And faced with the added challenge of not having sufficient funds to acquire a blower designed for the job, Adler did the next best thing: The team scrounged a Rootes-type Marshall Nordic cabin pressure blower from a Viscount aircraft.

    Puddles and his crew cobbled the blower - driven by a toothed belt running at 50% of the engine's speed and sucking through a single 45 DCOE Weber Carb with chokes bored out to an enormous 42mm diameter - into the R8's engine bay. An initial development challenge the team faced was to ensure the blower operated correctly and achieved the highest possible boost pressures - all theoretical in those early phases, of course.

    To that end, the Ecurie Aquila boys purchased Union Spirits from a renowned petrol station garage at the end of Jules Street in Jeppe that had serviced the high-octane needs of hordes of hot cars and their drivers since the early '50s. Union Spirits was in most cases mixed with Satmar - an early derivative of petrol from coal fuels today known as Sasol - the Sprits offered a richer mix at high revs than petrol and helped sealing the rotors against the supercharger housing thereby achieving higher boost, while the Satmar upped that all-important octane in the days of stock 89...

    Beyond its tiny powerhouse, the R8's the diff was locked - the spider gears jammed on Scamp's suggestion to take proper care of its more extreme outputs and prevent wheel spin especially out of corners. Renault 14 disc brakes were considered to be suitable - hopefully. The rev counter showed an incredibly high 8 000rpm half way down Kyalami's wonderfully long main-straight, so it was de-calibrated so it was possible to read the engine's full band - there were no counters beyond 8 000rpm then and the team still speculates as to exactly how high it actually revved!"

    Regards, Frans.
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    On the sad side, for those who have read the ZA articles and achievements must have come accross the name Scamp Porter a few times. The master developer and driver. Sadly he passed away last week at the age of 81.

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    http://alconi.blogspot.com/2014/11/r...astic.html?m=1
    Not sure if this blog has been noted before but here it is. Great history & triumph for the R8

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    ...especially when you quote performance figures at altitude!


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    Do reproductions of the Alconi Badges exist?

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