Sunday, May 5, 2013

Alpine Renault A110 Jean-Pierre Nicolas 1973

Ugo Capeto, Alpine Renault A110 Jean-Pierre Nicolas RAC Rally 1973. Faber Castell Pitt artist pens on canvas sheet, 9"x12". ©2013.

This is the Alpine Renault A110 (Berlinette) driven by Jean-Pierre Nicolas at the 1973 RAC Rally. This is an original marker drawing from a photograph whose origin is unknown (if you know the origin, please let me know asap for proper credit).

The 1973 Daily Mirror RAC Rally was part of the 1973 World Rally Championship season. It was run in mid-November in the County of Yorkshire in England. Jean-Pierre Nicolas (with Claude Roure as co-driver) finished the race in 5th position behind three Ford Escort RS1600 and one Volvo 142. Alpine Renault would end up winning the World Rally Championship in this inaugural season with 8 wins in 13 races.

The Alpine Renault A110 (better known as the Berlinette) was built in Dieppe, France from 1962 to 1977. The mechanical parts came from Renault (the "Renault 8", in particular) while the polyester body was originally designed by "Chappe et Gessalin" (on the A108).

Alpine was founded in 1955 by Jean Rédélé, a Renault dealer whose primary interest was to run Renault cars in rally races. The name Alpine is a reference to the rally races run in the Alpes region of France, like the "Critérium des Alpes". In 1973, Alpine was bought by Renault but with Jean Rédélé still in charge.

The Alpine Renault A110 used in the 1973 World Rally Championship was powered by a 1800 cc engine that came from the "Renault 12 Gordini". The rally race engines were prepared by the famous Renault engine guru, Marc Mignotet.

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