In a neat twist to help celebrate and acknowledge Renault UK’s 40th anniversary year in national level motorsport in Britain, as well as our 20th year in business, we have decided to put forward a one of a kind winner’s prize for the first British champion of the fourth generation Renault Clio Cup era – a restored, classic Renault 5 GT Turbo road car!
Renault 5 cars were, of course, the forerunners of the Clio Cup with the first of Renault’s one-make championships taking place in the UK in 1974 with the Renault 5TL. Moving to the Renault 5TS in 1978, the Renault 5 GT Turbo became the car of choice between 1985 and 1990 before the advent of the first generation Renault Clio in 1991.
The road-going Renault 5 GT Turbo which will form part of the 2014 Renault UK Clio Cup prize package will be on display throughout the season in the BTCC support race paddock, outside the Renault Race Centre, at each of the nine events. The car will then be presented to the eventual champion on the final weekend of the season, at Brands Hatch in Kent.
As avid classic car enthusiasts ourselves we wanted to present the winning driver with a pristine example, in order to do that we needed a solid base to start our restoration. Below is a couple of pictures of the car the day we purchased it. The car has 60,000 miles on the clock and we are the 4th owners, the car has full history including tax discs, dealer and service stamps from the original seller, W. Waters & Sons Ltd. of St. Albans.
As you can see, the car was a good example to begin with but we were looking for perfection! So as we speak the car is currently stripped out ready for paint this weekend along with a full interior re-trim. We will have it back together and in Courier Connections Racing livery in time for the first meeting of the year at Brands Hatch next weekend, at least that’s the plan!
We’ll use this section of our site to keep you up-to-date on the car’s travels, from purchase, to paint, through the racing circuits of the full season to the presentation for the winner of the 2014 Courier Connections Renault UK Clio Cup championship. So keep it here for news and updates on the car throughout the season, we look forward to unveiling it properly at Brands Hatch on the 29th!
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