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.
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
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
To the Members, Family and Friends of the RCCA
Best Wishes for 2016
I guess everyone is thinking how quickly the year has passed!
Here are the Supp Regs and Entry form for Jugiong 2016
JUGIONG INTERSTATE CHALLENGE SuppRegs 2016
JUGIONG INTERSTATE CHALLENGE Entry Form 2016
Destination: Nightingale Wines
Meet at Pie in the Sky, 1296 Pacific Highway, Cowan at 8.15am or earlier if you want a pie ‘n’ chips, for 8:30am departure. Note we are departing at 8:30am sharp!
Convoy up the Pacific Motorway to Calga then take the Peats Ridge Rd exit to Wollombi.
Will regroup at Wollombi, drive is approx 1hr 15min.
Depart Wollombi at 10am.
Drive to Nightingale Wines via Paynes Crossing Rd. Nightingale Wines,
1239 Milbrodale Road, Broke.
Approx drive from Wollombi is 30min. Arrive 10:30am
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 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!
when: Saturday 20 June
where: Mt Wilberforce Lookout Reserve, Castle Hill road (This has NOT changed)
Time: 10am for a 10.30 start
Check the HUB for more details
Follow other Renaults for a drive through rural Sydney to the final destination which has changed!!!
As the weather has not been kind the last few days, we have decided toslightly change the destination for the Saturday drive.
We will now end up at the pub in St Albans instead of Spencer. This will allow us to sit inside and near the fire, should the weather not improve by Saturday.
Note to all: the road to St Albans is now fully sealed, a great drive in any Renault.
See you all on Saturday
Ernst & Sonja
The all French Car Day is just around the corner on Sunday the 12th of July. It’s a great day out for all Renault Car Club members and guests. If your not a member yet, you can join on the day.
So dust off your classic Renault or bring along your modem or new Renault and join RCCA along with the Peugeot & Citroen Car Clubs to celebrate all things French. Your welcome to display your car, a small entry fee is required to get on the grounds of Silverwater Park, once in come an park your car with all the other Renault’s.
Day starts around 8.30 to 3.30 pm when the best cars of the day are announced.
It’s a nice day out, and a great way to meet other Renault Fans.
On behalf of the RCCA,we hope to see you there.
Meet:Heathcote Railway Station, Princes Highway, Heathcote
When: 9.30 am for a 10am’ish start
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.