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22 Comments on "1967 Renault R8: A Retro Rally Heirloom"
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I love these Gordini R8s, never drove one, however I did drive my uncle”s R10 and I do recall that the pedals were slightly to the right of your driving position, rather odd, but easy to get use to.
Absolutely love these humble cars with a really good background and cherished by their owners. Location looks like Provence as well, in which case, brilliNt roads too. Nice one
My sole criticism of this video ? The schmaltzy stock background music is too damn loud drowning out the exhaust sounds coming from the car as well as interfering with the pleasure of listening to the young mans French accent .e.g
Music for Film 101 ;
Background music should be just that …. in the background .. not competing with the film itself
Made even worse when shlock stock music is used
Alfa brother to R8
GS, you may be wrong about your assessment. Tipo 103 is very often referred to as a major influence on R8. There’s a good possibility, as Renault and Alfa Romeo were collaborating on manufacturing areas at the time of 103’s development.
… not even in the same ballpark never mind family tree !
From Wikipedia on the R8: “The 8 design looks very similar to the Alfa Romeo front-wheel drive prototype tipo 103 (1960), because Alfa Romeo and Renault had a business relationship in the 1950s and 1960s. Renault was marketing Alfa Romeo cars and Alfa Romeo was building the Renault Dauphine (1959–1964), Ondine (an up-market version of the Dauphine) (1961–1962) and R4 (1962–1964) under license in Italy. In total 70,502 Dauphine/Ondine and 41,809 R4s were built by Alfa Romeo.”
Alfa DNA ? None what so ever !
Fact is it surprises me that a couple of so called Petrolicios gearheads would even ask or suggest such a thing .
Thank you Anthony for this beautiful video and history about your R8.
Voila la mienne qui ma quitee il y a une semaine , mais qui a trouvee une bonne maison chez un passione de la marque
Oh non Guy je ne savais pas que tu l’avais vendu …
Mais je sais que la passion reste tous de même !
Au plaisir Marseillais 🙂
My best pal in the late sixties in LA drove his fathers R-8 like a rally pro on Mulholland, the Crest and best of all Lake Hollywood Reservoir Rd. I used to sneak my dads Cortina GT out to race the R-8 but could barely keep it in sight.
The blue Gordini version was a real Q-Ship back then and there were a handful in LA. Love the video.
I remember being a child in the Swiss Alps when an R8 in blue with yellow stripes came whipping by. It made a lasting impression. I’d love to have one.
Very cool . I’ve missed seeing and hearing those little buggers . Damn French he says in a moment of abject green mist and envy
As someone who lost their father at a young age as well, I can truly appreciate this man’s passion to continue his father’s memory; And what a beautiful car to do it with.
I want that car!!!!! My first car was a 4CV that had been raced (really!) Engine slightly warmed up to 900cc and ? work on the carb. French blue with a white stripe….used to drag my buddies in their VWs and Morris Minor. Buses used to blow their horns for us to get out of their way!
Love the cinematography of these videos, just wish there was a little more driving and a little less interviewing!
Wow wow wow, I literally gasped when I saw this, and I haven’t even watched the video yet (have to wait till lunch time…). R8! This is my favorite box! Wow!
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