Alpine returns to the Monte

Expect to hear quite a bit about Alpine over the coming months. Indeed, you already have what with confirmation of the tie-up with Caterham and the recent announcement of a new advisory board packed with rally royalty and people with long historic links with the brand to oversee the return of Alpine.

Alpine has a long history with the Monte
Alpine has a long history with the Monte
Speaking of history Renault is entering a total of five A110 Berlinettes into next week's Monte Carlo Historique and, excitingly, we'll be going along to watch them in action. Stay tuned for more on this in due course but with over 300 cars taking part comprising the expected Minis, 911s, Escorts, Fulvias and the like together with the odd Mustang and a couple of Citroen DSes and other rarities it should be quite a sight. Check out the entry list here.

The Alpines should make quite an impact on the event, as indeed they did 40 years ago in the 1973 Monte with a 1-2-3 victory led by the pairing of Jean-Claude Andruet and his co-driver 'Biche' en route to a manufacturer title for the brand. The pair will be reunited with an A110 1600S for this event too, Renault rally legend Jean Ragnotti in a Group 4 A110 1800 and Renault boss (and handy racer) Carlos Tavares also taking part in an A110 1300. His co-driver will be Jean Pascal Dauce, engineering head of the Renaultsport-Caterham road car project. Suffice to say, we'll be very keen to talk to him and hear all about that.

The kind of brand (re)building we can get behind
The kind of brand (re)building we can get behind
We'll be joining the Alpine drivers for a run up the Col de Turini ahead of the event's arrival in Monaco next Friday, following the cars on a night stage and then enjoying a run in an A110 up the Turini the following day. Which'll be fun. Full details of the teams taking part and their cars here and some pictures also to get you in the mood- expect plenty more on this next week.

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  • marmite monster 24 Jan 2013

    alpine d3 bi turbo anyone ?

  • V8 FOU 24 Jan 2013


    Oooh Alpines.... Quick dive into the classifieds for an A110 - How Much?? Oh well.

    Drove one of these back on the 70's - wonderous machine.

  • ant leigh 24 Jan 2013

    As a little kid my first 'top trumps' set was Rally cars and this was my favourite car. Have to admit at that age it was the colour and that it looked fast, not the specs. Lovely. thumbup

  • Butter Face 24 Jan 2013

    marmite monster said:
    alpine d3 bi turbo anyone ?
    Really?? rofl

  • g3org3y 24 Jan 2013

    marmite monster said:
    alpine d3 bi turbo anyone ?

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