is officially CLASSIC
50th anniversary year 2011
This is our trusty 4GTL with over 200,000 miles on its original engine,
2013 now fully reconditioned by Derek, so here's to 200,000 more.....
My dear dad bought me this beauty brand new in 1986 from Radbourne Racing in Wimbledon.
We specified the sliding roof on purchase, which is a brilliant asset in the hot summers.
(the car, not Paul, although he says he is beginning to feel the miles!)
compare and contrast - look how lovely the 'new' old chrome radiator grill and bumper look?
(film noir image by Dave Hendley)
there were 20 renaults present, one came all the way from Weymouth, Dorset!
+ two renault 16's
it was jolly good fun,
and some superb topiary and landscaped garden - well worth exploring...
vintage Renault at the heart of 1968 protest in Paris!
and below - spot the 'quatrelles' in vintage Doisneau photograph...
WHAT A FINE 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
at Brooklands Motor Museum in Surrey on 10th September 2011.
and there is loads to see Raleigh bicycles, motorcycles, classic Lagondas, and beautifully restored buses
Paul always happy to see fine examples of Johnston lettering.
Maggie Gravett's marvellous model railway layout entitled Pempoul, exhibited Railex 2009
with very authentic Renault 4!
Pope Francis is now the proud owner of a pure white Renault 4,
an inspired gift from Father Zocca.
The car has 300,000 km (190,000 miles) on the clock.
Apparently he used to drive this car back in his native Argentina.
MAY 2014 rally at Marle Place tucked away in the Weald of Kent.
Glorious mature trees, dovecotes and even a swing for Renault fans.
This fine specimen spotted in Rome by Colin & Mary W
and this fine specimen caught 'unloading', photo by William Webb!
HERE WE ARE at 2015 rally at beautiful 16th century Lullingstone Castle Kent
The oldest at this years rally, c. 1960s and the most well travelled and photographed 'Marigold' and glimpse of very pretty East German NSU ( the back lights are like cupcakes!)
Here we are in the wonderful World Garden at Lullingstone.
two stills from Jacques Tati's 1971 classic film Traffic ( note the gastronomic tip which we have not tried!)
stopping for le picnic august 2015
and the one on the right is an 'airfix' model! - pretty convincing.
we have this book for sale in the shop, but look closely...the artist Glynn Boyd Harte put a R4 on the cover.
talking of design - this is one serious look at R4 design...
spotted on a documentary about the historic LIVE AID concert at Wembley in 1985
the R4 was the first vehicle on site!
and it seems a Renault 4 was used in the historic antique watch heist of the Breuget Marie-Antoinette
in Paris in the 1980s! Here is the proof.
UPDATE AUGUST 2016
Our blue car is being given a 3rd life ( already reconditioned engine by Renospeed), now major reconstruction!
The chassis is being replaced...
see progress on Derek's website - here
a few photos to show the project, hopefully we shall be back 'on the road' in 2017.
In the meantime, the Fourgonette is living up to the mark and enjoys an occasional trip over the Channel to Calais and Boulogne.
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