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Renault Car Club of Australia tackling Targa Tasmania


The Renault Car Club Australia (RCCA) based in NSW will be represented with 6 crews at this year’s 25th edition of Targa Tasmania. The RCCA, and Renault, have a long history in Motorport. 110 years ago, Renault won the very first Grand Prix, the 1906 French GP, and continued winning in the World Rally Championship (Alpine, R5 Turbo), Le Mans and F1 as well as breaking several world speed records .

logoShowcasing some of Renault’s sporting history at this year’s Targa Tasmania will be:

Ted Merewether and Jen Gillot, 2007 Renault Sport Mégane R26 (Car 837), Andrew and Belinda Collier, 1985 Renault 5 Turbo 2 (Car 621), the 3 Alpines of Ernst and Sonja Luthi (Car 412), Barry McAdie (Car 74) and honorary RCCA member Mark Duder (Car 164) and also Adam Spence competing for outright honours in his Renault-Nissan Alliance built 2011 Nissan GTR R35 (Car 822).ErnstAlpine

The RCCA, believed to be the oldest Renault Car Club worldwide, was founded in 1951 and has a long history in Motor Sport. In 1956, the Regie Renault Rally was inaugurated and by 1985 the club was running 4 State level motorsport events: 2 rallies, 1 hillclimb and 1 motorkhana. The club’s Jugiong Interstate Motorkhana Challenge is now in its 52nd year. Today the club continues to be involved in State Motorkhanas and has something like six current and previous Australian Motorkhana champions, not to mention many State and class champions in its ranks. The RCCA caters for all Renaults, old and new, and besides its sporting activities, has a very active social calendar catering for a wide range of members who are passionate about their Renaults.

Both Ted Merewether and Andrew Collier have been members of the RCCA since their late teens and are passionate about their Renaults and motorsport.collier R5

Andrew followed in his father Bruce Collier’s (famous rally man of the 60 and 70s and contemporary of Bob Watson) foot steps and started dirt rallying in a R8 back in the early 80s. He then turned to Motorkhanas in a Renault Special winning the Australian Championship 3 times and the NSW Championship 13 times!

Andrew bought his pearlescent white 1985 R5 Turbo 2 back in 2006 Although based on the Renault 5, the car is radically different, being rear wheel drive and mid engined with a tubular chassis to support the engine and transmission. The car was built by Renault to compete in the World Rally Championship in the early 80s, with wins in Rally Monte Carlo and Tour de Corse driven by Jean Ragnotti. Only 3,500 R5 Turbo were built between 1980 and 1986.

Andrew’s car, although mildly modified, still sports the original 1397cc, 4 cylinder fuel injected turbo charged cross flow engine, which in road going trim produced around 160hp. Andrew has added a Tour De Course camshaft and larger intercooler to improve performance to around 200hp. With its wide back and fat tyres, it is an impressive sight from any angle.

Andrew and wife Belinda have competed in Targa events since 2011 and the R5 Turbo 2 has proved to be a fun car to drive on those twisty Tasmanian and High Country roads.

Ted, like Andrew started competing in dirt rallies in his R10 back in Ted R26the 80s. He bought his ex-Renault press fleet 2007 Renault Sport Mégane R26 back in 2009. The Mégane RS is a series of hot hatch models based on the Renault Mégane, built since 2004. The latest version, the 275hp, sub 6 sec 0-100kmh RS275, currently holds the lap record at the Nürnburgring at a time of 7:54.36.

Ted has improved the car over the years, but kept it pretty standard. The 2 litre turbo engine was slightly tuned and output increased by 15% to around the output of a standard Mégane RS265. Upgraded front brakes, brake cooling ducts, camber and castor adjustment kits were also added.

Ted together with navigator Jen Gillott have competed in the last 3 Targa Tasmania and High Country events and enjoyed every minute of it. “Although we reached a 205kph top speed at the 2015 Targa High Country”, Ted says. “ it’s the corners that this car really loves – it was just made for these twisty and challenging Targa roads !”

The best part of Targa rallying for all of us from the Renault Car Club (apart from the speed-induced adrenalin) ? –It’s the company of like-minded car enthusiasts all enjoying their cars and these fantastic events.

Come and say hello to the team during Targa Tasmania.








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A big name in Motorsport visits the RCCA

Our last Renault Car Club meeting (Monday 7th March) was really interesting for those with a passion for Renaults and Racing.

Seasoned racer Colin Osborne  brought his Megane 265 race car along and told us all about his current exploits in the Australian Production Car Championship.


The Meganes (he runs 2 cars) have been purpose-built for circuit racing, whilst retaining much of the trim and equipment features as required by the rules of this championship.

The cars sport highly modified suspension, fuel system, exhaust, a full suite of safety equipment and a couple of engine tweaks to make them go faster! Plus of course a really flash paint job befitting a top level race car!

Colin Explained that both cars are exactly identical allowing the team to gather race data from one car and then apply directly to the other.  Makes sense and of course we got a ‘guided tour’ of the Megane.


Colin also had a long illustrious career with Toyota , more recently with Mazda but now the team are running the Meganes which he has a high appreciation of its poise and handling.

 So Colin is no newcomer to the sport, having competed in various categories since the 1980’s with class and series wins in the Aust Production Car Championship, the Bathurst 12 Hour and 24 Hour and, wait for it, 6 appearances at the Nurburgring 24 hour endurance race! And all this following modest beginnings in 1989 as the NSW Supersprint Champion.

Colin has also been deeply involved in the administration of our sport in Australia, serving in various capacities at CAMS culminating in his role as President and Chairman of CAMS Ltd between 2000 and 2008.

Thanks to Ted Merewether for organising this fabulous session with Colin and his mighty machine.

CHANGE of Venue for RCCA Feb Meeting


Our next general meeting to be held on the 1st of February will not be at our usual venue in Five Dock.

 The car club has been graciously  invited to hold our next general meeting at McCarrolls Renault  Artarmon.

 The sales manager, Sam Stratten has invited us to his dealership to hold our next general meeting and to peruse the new Clio 220 Trophy which is being released in Feb.

 They have also kindly offered to supply some refreshments after the meeting while looking at the new Clio. I am sure we can bend Sam’s arm to tell us a little bit about what might be coming our way this year from Renault.

 If you know someone that might not see this email can you please advise them of the venue change.

 Parking is limited on site, but there is a side street on the opposite side of the road for off street parking if needed.

Could you please advise if you will be attending this meeting to help with catering.  Click for Alistair’s email

Venue –

McCarroll’s Renault Artarmon
Address: 395-397 Pacific Hwy,
Artarmon NSW 2064
Phone:(02) 8424 6888

 Sales Manager / Host  Sam Stratten

 Normal start time for the meeting – 8pm

 Thanks look forward to seeing you at the next Meeting



Shannons Sydney Classic – Sunday 16th August

Sydney Motorsport Park, Eastern Creek
RCCA will be displaying cars in Area B and
Renault 16s will be featured on Pit Lane.

Display cars by pre-purchased ticket only.
Public welcome from 10am, $20 per person

RCCA August Meeting – Guest of Honour : Molly Taylor!

RCCA August Meeting – Guest Speaker – Molly Taylor

Where: Veteran Car Club Hall, 134 Queens Rd Fivedock

When: 3rd Aug 15 at 8.00pm


The RCCA is very pleased to announce that champion rally driver Molly Taylor will be speaking at our August meeting.

The event is open to RCCA members and their immediate families. In addition members may invite one (1) non-member guest.

Molly is one of Australia’s best known international rally drivers, having competed in the British, the European and more recently in the 2014 Junior World Rally Championship with considerable success.

Now in 2015 Molly is competing, in the Australian Rally Championship, competing in a RenaultSport Clio R3. This RenaultSport built and Neil Bates prepared Clio won the ARC in 2014 in the hands of Scott Pedder /Dale Moscatt. This year with her co-driver Bill Hayes, Molly has taken a 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the first three rounds. This places them second overall in the series. Their next event is Rally Australia at Coffs Harbour, where the ARC cars compete against the best in the world.

Come hear Molly speak about all this, and more! It will be a fascinating evening!



National Motoring Heritage Drive to Motorlife Museum – 17th May

Meet:Heathcote Railway Station, Princes Highway, Heathcote

When: 9.30 am for a 10am’ish start

The Drive

50 min drive to Motorlife Museum with a chance for a coffee break.   Less if we take the motorway


Bring your own lunch, limited food available at the museum


NRMA members get a discount on the museum entry If you decide to meet us at the Museum:

DARKES ROAD KEMBLA GRANGE 2530, WOLLONGONG, NSW Take Northcliffe Drive exit from F6 Freeway and follow the blue directional signs to the Museum See you all on the 17th.


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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Feb 28th – Berowra Waters Drive

Next Saturday we are going to Berowra Waters for Fish ‘n’ chips or if you are a Kiwi Fush ‘n’ chups.  It’s a great location

Contact Alastair for more info

7 February 2015 – UK Visitors *** NOTE moved forward to the 7th

Lunch Event

Andy and Liz Owler from the UK. They are Renault, Alpine and Simca Matra Baghera enthusiasts, visiting Sydney on their way to NZ. Andy has competed in Hill climbs and other motorsport activities.

Can I ask to please bring your own lunch. We will provide nibbles, but nothing substantial.
Please bring your name tags to make it easier for Andy and Liz.

For details and to let us know whether you are coming (email to

Easter 2015 – 4CV registers’ Biennial Muster – Forbes NSW

For more information – see the September Edition of “FourWord” edition under PUBLICATIONS

Here is the itinery to date:- 4cv1

Friday –  arrival day (some arrive Thurs) with Camel Racing on in Forbes during the day on Friday and that would be available for those already there.  Friday night the usual bbq at Plainsman Motel, byo food & drink.

Saturday – First up a welcome by the Local Mayor (apparently the road will be closed off for the occasion). Then a drive to Eugowra for morning tea (murals on many buildings around town), then on to Manildra where lunch will be in the local hall (lunch supplied by the local school P&C), then to an old movie theatre for a movie and afternoon tea here I think. Drive back to Forbes for dinner and AGM.

Sunday – a drive to Parkes to the Museum and then on to Parkes Satellite Station where we will have lunch in the cafe there. Back to Forbes for the usual swap meet.  I think dinner tonight will not be an organised affair.

Monday – Not sure about this but think that there is a great car museum in Forbes and sure we will be visiting there Monday.

This is the basic program, may change a little.  Linda & I are going to Forbes in mid October to meet with Rex & Heather Veal to finalise the program and costings ready for the Fourword in December.

The Hotel

We have been notified by the Plainsman Motel (Ph 02 6852 2466) in Forbes that they will start to give rooms to other people outside Renault Register at the end of September.  There has been a change of management at the Motel and our name was not noted as a booking.  We have a list of names of those already booked (see below), if you think you have booked and your name does not appear then you need to contact them and to make sure they have your name.  Please mention you are with the Renault Register booking.

The original price given by the Motel per night was $128 but they have reduced that slightly to $118.

Plainsman Motel bookings:

Andrews; Copp; Denning; Farroll; Gray; Hall; Hames; Harris; Harrison, Phil; Harrison, Tom; Hartwell; Middleton; Moore; Muller; Olson; Pauley, C; Pauley,G; Potts; Pym; Redmond; Ringe; Slade; Toogood; Veal; Warren; Wicks.