Nut Farm, Blue Mountains run

Next weekend Sonja and Ernst have planned a unique event for The Club. Here is the details.

Meet 10.00 at Glenbrook Information Centre parking for a 10.30 start. To get to the parking, turn left Ross Street (just after the information) and then turn left again into Park Street and left into the parking for Glenbrook Park.

Drive to Mount Victoria for BYO lunch either in the Park, buy from one of the Cafes or eat in at the Imperial Hotel.

Drive back via Bells Line of road and drop into Mt Wilson on the way to pick Chestnuts and Walnuts.

There are 4 Farms in Mt Wilson and it seems that all will be open till 4pm to pick Chestnuts and maybe also Walnuts. The cost per kg is $8. We will have more details on the 15th.

See you all there.
Ernst & Sonja

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Inaugurated on the Clio R.S. in 2005, the Trophy badge symbolises sharper handling and increased performance coupled with exclusivity and distinctive styling. In the slipstream of the Mégane R.S. Trophy’s 2014 launch, the Clio R.S. 220 EDC Trophy now features the same winning ingredients and joins this limited-edition series of high-performance models that reflect the passion of Renault Sport’s engineers… and fulfill their exacting demands.

  • Engine: Thanks to revised engine mapping, it now has 10 percent more power and up to an extra 40Nm of torque. It also benefits from a larger turbo, an air intake designed to minimise pressure losses and a revised exhaust system to accommodate the latest Euro6 catalytic converter (and minimise back pressure losses).
    – Maximum power has been increased to 220hp at peak revs, 6,250rpm. – Maximum torque rises to 260Nm (a gain of 20Nm), although a figure of 280Nm is possible thanks to a ‘torque boost’ feature in fourth and fifth gears. – By stepping up to meeting Euro6 emissions standards, the car’s CO2 output improves by six grams, to 138g/km.
  • Refined EDC transmission: gear changes are now up to 30 percent faster. – Down changes are now more rapid, thanks notably to reduced travel of the steering wheel paddles.- There is greater flexibility in ‘Sport’ mode to be able to combine driving enjoyment in built-up areas and on open roads. – A Stop&Start system works in ‘Normal’ mode but is deactivated in ‘Sport’ and‘Race’ modes.
    – Ultra-quick steering: a new, faster rack (with ratio reduced from 14.5:1 to 13.2:1) makes steering even more precise and incredibly direct – the best system on the market. -Tyres: the Clio R.S. 220 Trophy EDC is fitted with high-performance Michelin Pilot Super Sport 205/40R18 rubber.
  • A lower, stiffer Trophy chassis: the Clio is lower by 20mm at the front, 10mm at the rear (unladen). Firmer shock absorbers have been fitted and are coupled with hydraulic bump stops.

Weaponizing Albert Park on Thursday March 12

The hardcore Renault Megane RS275 Trophy-R is set to become the fastest commercially available production vehicle to lap Melbourne’s Albert Park Formula One circuit.

The lightweight, two-seat Renault Megane RS275 Trophy-R will be let loose onto the full Australian Grand Prix circuit to set the first-ever production car lap record of the 5.3-kilometre racetrack ahead of this month’s 2015 Formula One season opener.

Read more at here.

Great rollup for Fish ‘n Chips

Sydney turned on a beautiful Sunday for a meet up at Berowra Waters and it drew big numbers of members for some Fish ‘n Chips and a chat.

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Turbo power for new Renault Twingo

The new Renault Twingo aims to recapture the spirit of the Renault 5, according to company boss Michael van der Sande.

He revealed that the Twingo will be the latest step in the rebirth of Renault’s range. The firm is “working through [the] range, looking for model opportunities – that will include big cars,” said van der Sande. The new Twingo made its debut at the Geneva motor show today.

That’s some big shoes to fill if they wish to recapture the spirit of the Renault 5 but with the rear wheel drive it’s certainly going to be a fun car to drive.

The Twingo uses a pair of newly developed three-cylinder engines. The first is a modified version of the existing 898cc TCe 90 unit developing 89bhp and 100lb ft, which is canted over at 49 degrees to maximise interior space. The second engine is a unit of the same capacity producing 69bhp and 67lb ft. Both will be mated to a five-speed manual gearbox at launch.

Renault chief designer Laurens van den Acker said that the new Twingo’s shape was inspired not just by the ground-breaking original 1992 model, but also by the classic Renault 5, one of the definitive European hatchbacks.
“Moving the action [drivetrain] to the back gives fantastic advantages,” he added. “It increases interior space and wheelbase and shortens the overhangs.”

Renault said that work on the replacement Twingo began in 2008 and explored the rear-engined format as the basis for a new city car.

The company said, “The aim was to create an even roomier and more agile city car, despite its smaller footprint. Combined with the use of a smaller block and the positioning of the wheels at the car’s extreme corners, the rear-mounted engine also frees up extra cabin space, while New Twingo also boasts the sort of wheelbase and roomy interior more generally associated with models in the next segment up.”

Renault has a history with this layout, notably with the Dauphine and Renault 8.

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50 Jugiong’s done and dusted

This year we celebrated 50 runnings of the Jugiong event which started in 1965, it’s a weekend of fierce competition on the Motorkhana paddock and socialising of epic proportions.

Many of our members have been making the pilgrimage to Jugiong for many years so this year was a monumental milestone in this RCCA tradition, and as always we were covered in dust.

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Jugiong 2012

Jugiong is on this weekend 28th/29th January. As always we are looking forward to a great weekend down on the Murrumbidgee River with the usual activities and RCCA celebrities running a fantastic weekend away.

Below is all the formal documentation for the weekend.

We hope to see you there.


  • Jugiong Weekend Program 2012
  • Jugiong 2012 Entry Form
  • Jugiong 2012 Supp Regs
  • The Classic Capital Caper

    The Classic Rally Club is holding The Classic Capital Caper on the 16th of April.

    A flyer for the event is available here, entry form and supp regs also available.

    Head over to the Classic Rally Club for more details.

    RCCA Targa Style

    It’s an exciting time for the RCCA with not one, not two but three entries this year in Targa Tasmania 2011.

    Sonja and Ernst are doing battle once again in the A110 with Belinda and Andrew joining them this year in the R5 in the Late Classic category and Ted and David are following in the Targa Tour.

    A short story here on Renault’s rally history on show and those with an iPhone can download the Targa Tasmania app to view the story as well as following live updates throughout the event.

    Also Adam Spence is once again competing in his RX7, another RCCA club member.

    We will show photos as they come to hand, and everyone in the RCCA wishes them all the best.

    View live results here.

    Fly The Flag – RACV Tour

    The 10th anniversary of the RACV Fly The Flags Tour is on from the 26th March till the 1st of April.

    Organised by the All British Classics Car Club. Supported by the Association of Motoring Clubs and the Federation of Veteran, Vintage and Classic Vehicle Clubs. Veteran, Vintage and Classic vehicles are eligible to enter. This includes motorcycles and commercial vehicles. The tour is a “red plate” event, and all club permit vehicles are invited to attend.

    The Tour Brochure is available for download.