Renault 4 Monte-Carlo Classics Rally 2011
From January 26th to February 2nd 2011, the 14th Rallye Monte-Carlo
Historique has been held. From Reims to Monaco, by way of alpin foothills,
follow with Renault TV a true road-movie that recount the atypical
itinerary of three indefatigable Renault 4L, registered in an incredible
race of regularity among others mythical cars like Eric Comas' Alpines,
Jaguars Type E, and Porsche 356. 50 years after the launch of the Renault
4, echoing back to the official registration of 4L for the Rallye
Monte-Carlo of 1962 and 1963, three teams taken along by the drivers Jean
Ragnotti, Manu Guigou and Michele Leclere will share with you their
experience about this fantastic adventure, wich will stay forever engraved
in their memory.
NEW!!! 2015 RENAULT 4
Retromania continues to rage across the motoring world, with manufacturers
referring to inspiration from classic designs to style modern technology.
The Renault 4 was originally regarded as a rather small estate at the time
of launch, however later became regarded as an early hatchback. The
front-wheel drive family car marked the first of its kind produced by the
Renault brand, which later became famous for the Renault 5, Twingo and
Clio. The 'Quatrelle' therefore is genesis for the Renault brand.
During its lifetime, the Renault 4 received very little cosmetic and
mechanical modification, aimed squarely throughout its life as an entry
level stepladder through the motoring world's glass ceiling. The final
models of 1992 equally lacked the creature comforts as did the earliest
examples, but still continued to sell strongly regardless.
Different body types did exist throughout the course of its long reign.
Initially the simple hatchback Quatrelle in addition to the less powerful
and ill-equipped R3 were available, a pick-up truck, a panel van
(Fourgonette), an off-roader (Sinpar 4x4) and a cabriolet (Plein Air). The
Fourgonette became particularly iconic in France, commonly referred to as
the Boulangerie van.
The Fourgonette van even continued on sale until 1993, becoming a common
sight across France until its replacement by the Renault Express/Extra,
based on the second generation Renault 5. Sales proved so strong, that even
following the introduction of the Renault 5 in 1972, the 4 continued in
production for further decades.
So this was the first front-wheel drive small Renault ever made, who cares?
Well millions of people worldwide associate France with many products. Most
Netcars readers will immediately recognise Champagne, Brie and the baguette
as typically French products. Also many will also recognise a French film
by its quirky and artistic structure. Similarly, certain cars become
synonymous with the French automotive industry and culture. The Citroen DS
and 2CV will forever remain architects of a formerly romantic backdrop to
Parisian and French life, whereby a man could refer to a youthful woman as
'mademoiselle' without being labelled a sexist and racial unrest was not
The Renault 4 was another pioneer of this beautiful illusion. Whether
scaling the Pyrenees mountain roads or strolling l'avenue des Champs
Elysees, the Renault 4 was home. Thousands of rusting examples still litter
the streets from the beautiful Cannes to the derriere of France around
Calais. Relics of a bygone era, most are sadly doomed to terminal rust as
their numbers are rapidly decreasing. However this increasingly rare sight
still helps to maintain a character that the current common place Peugeot
206+ and Renault Clio just don't create. The R4 also appeared in countless
films and TV series, art work, music videos and other forms of media.
The Renault 4, along with the Citroen 2CV, mobilised the masses. With an
appeal ranging from farmers to young learner drivers, from the Gendarmerie
to the local Boulangerie, a simple design became a symbol of hope and
affection across France. Furthermore, as production spanned the globe, the
appeal did similarly. The Quatrelle saw particular success in markets in
South America, including Columbia where it became a strong seller.
Jean Ragnotti_Merci Jeanott_full movie
Jean Ragnotti francia autóversenyző (Pernes-les-Fontaines, 1945.
augusztus 29.) a Renault kultuszversenyzője, hiszen csaknem teljes
pályafutása során ezzel az autómárkával versenyzett.
Első rali-világbajnokságán 1973-ban vett részt, de futamot csak
1981-ben, a Monte Carlo-ralin tudott nyerni. Utoljára 1985-ben győzőtt,
a Tour de Corse-én. Még körülbelül tíz évig volt rali versenyző,
mielőtt visszavonult. Indult Le Mans-i 24 órás versenyen is, például
az 1977-es versenyen 4. helyezést ért el egy Ford Cosworth DFV-el.
Jean "Jeannot" Ragnotti (born 29 August 1945 in Pernes-les-Fontaines,
Vaucluse), is a French former rally driver for Renault in the World Rally
Ranking among his achievements are his conquering of the Monte Carlo Rally
in 1981, what was the first turbo
victory in the history of the WRC, alongside compatriot Jean-Marc Andrié
against the might of the ultimate four-wheel-drive upstart, the Audi
Quattro. In the following season, he took his Renault 5 turbo to victory at the Tour de Corse. The Maxi
version of the same Renault 5 was to reign again on the asphalt stages of
European rallying, when in 1985, Ragnotti claimed the Tour de Corse again
with Group B rallying at its zenith; a win that came on debut of Renault 5
Maxi turbo. The 1985 Rothmans Tour de
Corse would also prove to be a tragic affair after the fatal crash of
Attilio Bettega on SS4 (Zerubia) of the event.
In the 1990s, Ragnotti continued to drive for Renault, this time in their
front-wheel drive Clio Maxi.
Renault 4 GTL "Guppie" | 500.000 km
A Renault 4 GTL 1.4 (1986) reaching the 500.000 kilometer mark, 27 years
after it was born. It still is comfortable and with it's 1400 cc engine
remarkably quick (watch the part with the Maserati Granturismo ;) ).
Renault 4 anniversary documentary (50 ans R4 4L Thenay )
50 years Renault 4 and 20 years Renault 4 Club Netherlands (PARTIALLY
English SUBTITLED check the CC button in the player
2011: the Renault 4 celebrates it's 50th birthday, The Renault 4 Club
Netherlands celebrates her 20 anniversary. Along with my camera I joined
national and international renault 4 events to capture the feeling of
driving one of these very cute cars. The documentary provides interviews
with owners and gives some background information about the history of the
world famous car.
Gipsy Jacks By Phil Symonds (personal licence, available in the Vimeo music
Ridin' Shotgun By Paul Freitas (personal licence, available in the Vimeo
You By J Timber (personal licence, available in the Vimeo music store)
Me and my Frenchy by Paul Freitas (personal licence, available in the Vimeo
Camera and editing bij Studio MAMBeau, the Netherlands