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All French Car Day – Sunday July 15

When:

This Sunday 15th July
 
Where: Silverwater Park (next to Silverwater Bridge), entry via Clyde St east and drive under the bridge) 

 
Time: from 9.00am. Concours entries close at 12.00.
 
Dear RCCA members and friends,
 
This Sunday the combined French car clubs celebrate Bastille Day (and a World Cup????).
  • 2 brand new Renault models will be on display – guess what and see them before they hit the showrooms!,
  • Wonderful collection of old and new Renaults to admire (plus Peugeots,  Citroens and Simcas if thats your thing),
  • Polish up your Renault – enter the Concours d’elegance – you may even win a prize!
  • It’s forecast to be a sunny day so bring friends and  the family for a picnic lunch (byo rugs and chairs as seats are scarce),
  • Dress up in your favourite french outfit or car club apparel,
  • Rotary BBQ is always supurb if you don’t self-cater,
  • Coffee truck will be there,
  • Club merchandise for sale.

Megane 4 Arrival Pending

Renault Australia has announced pricing for its all-new Megane RS 280 hot hatch will begin at around $45,000 when it goes on sale in the third quarter of this year.

For the 1st  time there will be a choice of manual or six-speed double-clutch auto with flappy paddles

Facing off stiff competition like  the Honda Civic Type R, Peugeot 308 GTi 270 and soon-to-launch Hyundai i30 N — the new Megane is poised to regain the ultimate hot hatch crown.

Dearer but with more power and tech: Megane RS will start at about $45K.

More power and tech the new Megane RS will start at about $45K.

Renault Australia plans to price the Megane RS at about $45,000 for the six-speed manual version and $47,500 with the six-speed auto the company calls EDC (efficient dual clutch).

Both variants are powered by a new 1.8-litre four-cylinder turbo. It delivers 205kW, a healthy 36kW more than the Golf GTI.

 All wheel steer

Renault also developed electric rear-wheel steering for the Megane RS, a feature it says is unique in the hot-hatch class.  This feature was first seen on the Laguna GT in 2008 where it was reported BMW bought the very first example.  We assume this wasn’t for their staff car.

 

Trait bon: The coming RS will uphold the three-door’s reputation.

Trait bon: The coming RS will uphold the three-door’s reputation.

 

Agile: Rear-wheel steering sharpens response and aids stability.

Agile: Rear-wheel steering sharpens response and aids stability.

The RS’s rear-wheel steering — Renault labels the tech 4Control — makes it feel very agile. It turns the rear wheels in the opposite direction to the front wheels at under 60km/h but in the same direction as the fronts above that speed, which aids stability.

Switching to the car’s Race mode increases the switchover speed to 100km/h. Sensitive drivers may find this feels as if the rear of the Renault is sliding at higher speeds but in its other driving modes the Megane RS simply seems to steer very sharply … just as a hot hatch should.

Ride comfort is outstanding for something that steers, brakes and corners like the Megane RS. Its shock absorbers have built-in hydraulic bump stops — an idea first developed for rally cars — and they work well, blunting even the sharpest road shocks.

Sporty seats: RS interior adds to high-performance feel.

Sporty seats: RS interior adds to high-performance feel.

Practical

Hunkered down on its big wheels, this Renault looks seriously speedy but not stupidly impractical.  Renault expects sales of the new Megane RS, now with auto and five doors, to easily outstrip the three-door manual it replaces.

Let’s see; I personally adore the Megane III’s sweeping styling but I think the Meg 4 will grow on me.

Pasts the fist test

Megane RS: At launch at the Jerez track in Spain.

Megane RS: That massive exhuast!

The Megane’s rear view highlights the double piped box shaped exhaust.  The mechanical soundtrack is reported as being exceptional.

Hero Version

In 2019 the Megane RS range will expand. The Trophy model will come with an even more powerful 220kW engine, firmer Cup chassis instead of the launch version’s Sport set-up, a limited-slip differential and upgraded brakes.  These will add thousands to the prices.

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PRICE From $45,000 (est)

SAFETY 5 stars

ENGINE 1.8-litre 4-cyl turbo, 205kW/390Nm

TRANSMISSION 6-speed dual-clutch auto, FWD

THIRST 7.0L/100km

SPARE None; inflation kit

0-100KM/H 5.8 secs

Dinner at the Markets Hotel – 23rd May

Midweek Dinner Wednesday 23rd May

The Markets Hotel is situated on iconic Parramatta Rd Flemington about a 20 minute drive from the CBD of Sydney and 10 minutes to Parramatta. The Markets Hotel is also a two minute walk from the Sydney Markets who host the famous Paddy’s Markets every Saturday. The Flemington railway station is a short walk from the hotel with trains to and from Sydney’s CBD, Eastern Suburbs and Western areas of Sydney.TheHappiestHour.com

Food & Drink specials

Day Time Special Details Rating Type
Tue Fri 18:00-21:00 $17 T-bone    
Mon Wed Sat 18:00-21:00 $17 Scotch Fillet    
Thu 18:00-21:00 $17 Rump Steaks    
Sun 18:00-21:00 $17 Rib Eye    
 

 

Bonne année

A safe, prosperous and Happy 2018 to RCCA Friends and Families

 

2018 – Combined Sports Car Assoc. Supersprint series.

RCCA members have been regular competitors in the CSCA series for some years. These events are well run, price competitive and great fun. The field is split into lap time based classes so everyone has an opportunity to compete around cars of similar speed.
 
The calendar for next years CSCA events is as follows:

Round 1 Club Lotus Aust                                  11th March Wakefield Park

Round 2 Jaguar Drivers Club Aust                26th May SMSP North Circuit (Druitt)
 
Round 3 Austin Healey Owners Club              16th June Wakefield Park
Round 4 Morgan Owners Club Aust                11th August SMSP Gardner Circuit
Round 5 MGCC & MG Newcastle
25th August SMSP North  (Druitt)
                       
Round 6 Sprite CCA 
8th September SMSP South (Amaroo)
Round 7 Triumph Sports Owners Assn          21st October Wakefield Park
 
So any RCCA members wishing to have a run at a supersprint event should diarise these events and stay in touch. Watch out for emails and the Supp Regs will be available on the Website before the event.  More info at monthly meetings.
 
 

RCCA Christmas Party 10th DEC 2017

It’s that time of year again and the Christmas Party is soon upon us

If you have any prizes for the raffle could you bring them to the car club meeting on Monday 4th Dec. (next week), if you cannot make the monthly meeting then by all means bring your donation to the raffle to the Christmas Party.

Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday 10th Dec @10am.
Commandment Rock Picnic Area (AREA 16)
Lane Cove National Park
Google Maps link

RCCA Social Secretary
Email: social@rcca.org.au
https://rcca.org.au