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This thread got rather long but I don't think that I have posted this before. It is one of the original details that prompted me to start this thread initially- the Renault Megane rear. I simply adore this detail, I am so enamoured with the shape that I cannot understand why others do not find it as appealing as I do. It is mainstream perfection, especially in the sportier versions- wonderful.
Sam the Eagle says:
indeed Batty, ''that a*se'' was the key feature of this car and of the whole design ''language'' that Le Quement tried to impose across the range.
I believe the inspiration came from 1930's cars when Renault was a luxury brand and the boot was merely a trunk attached to the rear of the vehicle. The concept was first applied to the Avantime and VelSatis but it is definitely on the Megane that it worked best (at least visually, if not from a practical point of view).
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Hell is other people.
Glad to know I am not alone Sam, thanks mate.
While I too love the Gulf livery, I think that the STP livery is probably its equal. The symbol below has earned its iconic status through a consistent dedication to motorsport sponsorship. For me, it inspires a sense of good natured, fair motorsport, based in a shared love of going fast and testing one's limits.
Love it, too.
My old man used to be involved in STP in Europe, I still have my Richard Petty T Shirt in its bag from the 70's. Never wanted to spoil it and I'll probably end up binning it when it goes bad in some cellar after the next house move...
The Logo's simplicity lends itself to 'Gulf-like' retro, but STP Corp was never as rich as Gulf so never reached the iconic status that has brought out all those great and many terrible me-too paintjobs. Maybe a choice for the independent minded rich gentleman racer?
Her butt looks like a couple of badly parked VW Beetles in those slacks
reading the last few posts I realised that Batty might not have seen the ad for the Megane and realise how Renault tried to make a USP out of that a*se...
Not sure if it was such a good idea as it may have antagonised a few potential buyers, the way the 'pear' advert was desastrous for the R14 back in the 70's...
what's the car on pic number two? And what's the handle at the back for, in front of what must be the door to a mini-fridge (or a coal compartment)?
It's the Lotus 56 Turbine Car from Indy, have a look in WIki and there are some great pics out there, too. They so nearly won, more's the pity, that might have turned motorsport on its head decades ago...Also a very courageous piece of sponsorship. Those mad looking Marches with the wing above the nose were also iconic in their way. Too good looking to be effective, perhaps?
Thanks MPI. Actually I knew the F1 version of this car, 56B in Gold Leaf livery - nice but not quite as iconic as the STP colours.
However my favourite remains the 72 in JPS colours.
I didn't know that MPI, no wonder you turned out to be a petrol head, and with a love of a good V8! That Petty T-shirt is a fantastic thing mate, too good to be sitting in its bag somewhere. And the gas turbine car, what a story eh? So close, so innovative, so very Chapman.
Sam, I knew that the Megane used the tag line, but I hadn't seen the commercial- makes me want one even more now! It was such a good looking car, it's a shame that the market was too scared to be cool.
This summer seems to be the Rover P6's summer. At least here in Hamburg. For some reasons I've seen more of those glorious machines during the last weeks than in the years before. Needless to say, I used each and every opportunity to pore over them, which is why I'd like to present two details in particular: the door handles and the V8's power domes.
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