Renault Classic rocked my socks at Goodwood

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Whenever you see coverage of Goodwood, the focus is always understandably on the action that takes place on the hill. Although this is undeniably awesome, I thought I'd show some of the highlights away from the hill in my next few posts. First up is Renault Classic who brought a selection of cars that hooked me in to their stand instantly.

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Although I thought I'd drag you in with the Williams Renault FW15 F1 car and Renault Clio Williams, both from 1993, it's the Renault MH from 1924 that caught my attention first. Built to cross the desert between Algiers and French West Africa, it has twin wheels on all three axles to help spread the 1340kgs this weighed over the sand. Powered by a 2120cc straight 4, it had two 3 speed gearboxes, one for each rear axle allowing it to reach 31mph and climb steep slopes.

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As you would expect, the car is suspended on leaf springs and has drum brakes on the rear two axles only. Although this is a far cry from what I would normally be interested in, Goodwood is great at opening your eyes to vehicles that you have to appreciate. Stuff that goes fast is great, but this was literally a pioneering vehicle. I will apologise now for the next image of the MH, this woman seemed more interested in it as a leaning post for a phone call rather than the historical vehicle it is. Shame.

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Illustration for article titled Renault Classic rocked my socks at Goodwood

Moving inside the stand, the Formula One area was a total blast from the past with the car surrounded by 1993 spec pit equipment. This year was of significance as the Goodwood FoS started in 1993, a nice little tie in to the celebrations I thought.

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Next to the FW15 was a 3.5 litre Renault V10 from the same car. I couldn't help but take this shot of the 750bhp unit, it's pure car porn.

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Here's a full view of the unit, this was the engine to have at the time in F1. I wonder how easy it would be to get it to run? I've always fancied my very own Renault Espace F1.

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I had to include this little detail that I had never noticed in pictures, it would appear Sonic the Hedgehog is responsible for the pedal work. Not sure those shoes would be much good for heel and toe downshifts though.

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I will end with what is the very definition of a time warp car, this Clio Williams with less than 2500kms on it. If someone had have told me Renault built it last week, I would be tempted to believe them! I think this has to be one of my favourite hot hatchbacks, small and with a 2.0 litre normally aspirated 4 with 150bhp, it was fast in a straight line and round corners. It may sit well on its Speedline alloys and metallic blue paint but they always look their best cocking an inside rear wheel in my opinion. More from Goodwood to follow!

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