by Marine Berthier - Heritage

Montlhéry track outing for Renault historic vehicles

After starring in the Rétromobile vintage car show in February, vehicles from the Renault Classic collection were out for a spin at the Montlhéry track, much to the delight of the enthusiastic audience of classic car devotees at the event.

 
With the sun struggling to emerge from overcast skies at the famous Montlhéry track south of Paris, the grumble of exhausts echoed round the enclosure as our veterans readied up for an unforgettable demonstration spanning 115 years of motor sport, to thrill the audience with what was a truly remarkable performance given the rather advanced age of some of the vehicles. 

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RECORD-BREAKING HISTORIC VEHICLES

The show opened with Nervasport, ably seconded by Renault 40 CV and the Étoile Filante!

Renault_78532_global_frNervasport, which dates to the nineteen-thirties, averaged a speed of 168 km/h, with top speed of over 200 km/h :

Renault_78530_global_fr                                                                                         Nervasport

 

The Étoile Filante, from the nineteen-fifties, reached 308.85 km/h during one of its laps round the speed ring :

Renault_78531_global_fr                                                                                         Étoile Filante

 

Renault 4 CV, Renault Dauphine and Renault 5 Alpine, to name just a few, followed up around the track :
Renault_78493_global_fr                                                                                          Renault 4 CV

00103649                                                                                          Renault Dauphine
00103668                                                                                         Renault 5 Alpine
Renault_78499_global_fr                                                                                         Renault 8 Gordini

 

At the trackside we’d hear enthusiastic comments from the lucky few who’d had a chance to actually try out some of the cars at the event: “Extraordinary!”, “Amazing!”.

Renault_78535_global_fr                                                                                          Renault Type AK

Renault_78502_global_fr                                                                                          Renault 5 Turbo

 

The show closed with Alpine A442 B, winner of the 1978 Le Mans 24-Hour event, driven by none other than Jean Ragnotti in person. French racing driver Jeannot, as he’s known, boasts an enviable track record including nine French championship titles and three rally victories at Monte Carlo and the Tour de Corse.

Renault_78538_global_fr                                                                                         Jean Ragnotti at the wheel of Alpine A442 B

Renault_78539_global_fr                                                                                          Alpine A442 B

 

Facts and figures on the Montlhéry autodrome

• Located in the Essonne region south of Paris
• Built in 1924
• Designed by architect Raymond Jamin
• Speed ring distance 2.5 km
• 13 bends (with 51° incline)
• A 20th Century Heritage site (official label set up in 1999 by the French Ministry of Culture to denote exceptional architectural and urban planning developments forming part of the cultural heritage of the 20th century)

 

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