Exhibitor: Stephen Cavanagh
Engine: 1550cc pushrod engine, 2 Weber 45mm Carburettor
Gearbox: 5 speed Manual
Mass: approx 650kg
The Renault Alpine A110 won the 1971 Monte Carlo Rally and filled the first 3 places in 1973. It also won the world rally championship in 1973. So excited were Renault Australia by this that they brought out one of the championship cars in early 1974 for a promotional tour.
One thing led to another and Bob Watson with Jeff Beaumont convinced Renault to let them use the car in the 1974 Don Capasco Rally in Canberra – the first special stage European style rally held in Australia and the forerunner of the famous Castrol Rally of Canberra.
With only a few spare wheels and nothing else, the pair towed, then drove the Alpine to Canberra. They won the rally by around 9 minutes!
This car is presented in the same livery as the car that won the 1974 Don Capasco rally.
It is one of 2 cars that were discovered rotting in New Caledonia. Colin Stark located the cars and flew them back to Australia in a Boeing 747 and restored them.
A great 5 minute Aussie Alpine story…