Major Alpine A110 celebrations planned for 2012

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To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the launch of the Alpine Berlinette, Club Alpine Renault is planning a packed year of celebrations including four major gatherings.

It is promising top displays of A110s at the Donington Historic race weekend in April, the La Vie en Bleu French cars event at Prescott, the Silverstone Classic Weekend in July and at the Footman James Classic Motor Show at the NEC in November.

As well as these events, the annual Club Alpine Renault speed hillclimb championship will visit Loton Park, Prescott and Lydden, with more rounds to be announced in due course.

The reason for the anniversary is that, despite Jean Rédélé establishing Alpine in July 1955, it wasn't for another seven years that the A110 Berlinette hit the streets.

Initially manufactured in Dieppe, Northern France, the car was so successful that it was licensed for production in Brazil, Mexico, Spain and Bulgaria.

It also had a phenomenally successful competition career, twice winning the Monte Carlo Rally, and in 1973 scooping the World Rally Championship.

Main picture shows Jean-Pierre Nicolas/Claude Roure on the RAC Rally Great Britain in 1973. Copyright: LAT Photographic 

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