The seventh Le Mans Classic car race was held from 4 to 6 July 2014. The event, staged every other year since 2002, attracted over 110,000 spectators this year and more than 8,500 vehicles were registered. It's the biggest gathering of classic cars in the world and offers a fantastic look back at the Le Mans 24-Hour Race, with 450 cars in six categories ranging from 1923 to 1979. And of course, Renault Classic put in an appearance at this unmissable event for automobile enthusiasts.
The revival of Alpine, which will be consecrated by the sales launch of the 21st-century Berlinette in 2016, is based on the exceptional heritage of the legendary brand. To illustrate the connection between past and present, Renault Classic entered three official Alpines this year.
In the fourth category (cars from 1962 to 1965), the Alpine M65 was driven by two journalists: Piotr Frankowski (Poland) and Richard Meaden (United Kingdom). It was one of the two Alpine M65s entered in the 1965 Le Mans 24-Hour Race. The same vehicle, converted into an Alpine A210, was on the starting line at the 1966 event.
In the fifth category (cars from 1966 to 1971, the official Alpine-Renault A110 1300S (Berlinette) was driven by Jean Pierre Prévost and Christian Chambord (France). Berlinette A110s were entered in the 1964 (an 1100) and 1968 (two 1300s) 24-Hour races.
Finally, in the sixth category (cars from 1972 to 1979), the best version of the Renault Alpine models, the Renault-Alpine A443, made its comeback to the Le Mans 24-Hour circuit. Based on the Renault Alpine A442 and A442B, this was the final car from the so-called “yellow period”. At the wheel were Jean Ragnotti and Alain Serpaggi, two former Alpine drivers in the 24-Hour Race.
These exceptional models delighted classic car enthusiasts. But the Alpine brand was back with the Alpine A450b for another exploit on 19 July, winning the European Le Mans Series at the Red Bull Ring in Austria. This contemporary Alpine clearly shows that the legend is still very much alive…