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The 50th Anniversary of the launch (in France) of the Renault 4L (and 3) will be at the 3rd 4L International at Thenay on 15th, 16th, and 17th July 2011. The Dutch and Belgians are also planning to do a drive down the Champs Elysee on the way back. This has been mentioned on the members site and also via the gazette but there are now more sufficient details to make it public.

All the participants will be able to enter a raffle to win the Renault 4 which has been restored and prepared for Jean Ragnotti at the last Historic Monte Carlo Rally The raffle will take place on the Sunday, in the early afternoon in the presence of Jean and the car. In order to make life easier the lucky winner will not get the car immediately, but at the end of the year when there will be a small ceremony/celebration.

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Renault UK may wish to hold an event here probably at Goodwood. There won't be a Kent Run next year but maybe a static event with Renault in the UK to go alongside it.

As you know, in 2010 a club member went to Thenay (see September Renotes) and this gives some idea of what can be expected. After the successful run last year, the club decided at World Series to make this years trip a longer one to the 4L International at Thenay. Once the dates were sorted in November, we sat down on email with those that went, and the committee and planned out a route. The plan is to meet up collectively (but with the ability to join us en route if you desire and travel down and back together.

 The Final Plan is as follows - subject to any necessary alterations if circumstances dictate. Please book your places soon as both hotels and ships have limited space although we have taken steps to provisionally book some important places but this is based on us confirming numbers soon.


 After the success of last year's rallye to Reims we now propose a longer tour to Thenay to celebrate 50 years of the Renault 4.

Join us for a week long trip, driving a little over 100 miles a day leisurely on the toll free French national roads from Calais staying near Rouen, Chateaudun, Thenay, Alencon and finally a beautiful chateau on the last night where we will have a club dinner before returning to Calais the next day.

The proposed full itinerary is as follows: -

Wednesday 13th July: Meet at 1100 at Dover Eastern Docks for the 1150 crossing to Calais. Drive approx. 130 miles to Rouen Nord for overnight stop. Bring your swimming costumes as the hotel here has a nice pool to cool off in.

Thursday 14th July: After breakfast, drive approx. 115 miles to Chateaudun for overnight stop.

Friday 15th July: After breakfast, drive approx. 55 miles to Thenay for the R4 celebrations. Overnight at Blois Etaphotel, approx. 15 miles away or Pontlevoy, 2.5 miles away.

Saturday 16th July: After breakfast, free day or back to Thenay for more R4 celebrations. Overnight at Etap Blois or Pontlevoy.

Sunday 17th July: After breakfast, drive approx. 80 miles to Le Mans. After lunch visit Le Mans Circuit and afternoon drive approx. 35 miles to Alencon for overnight stop.

Monday 18th July: After breakfast, drive approx. 130 miles to Chateau de Vaudichon, Saint Saens for overnight stop. Here we will have a club 3-course dinner with wine. Opportunity for a round of golf here if you bring your clubs.

Tuesday 18th July: After breakfast, drive approx. 110 miles to Calais for the 1600 crossing to Dover. This leg will be aboard the new superferry 'Spirit of Britain' and arrives in Dover at 1630. There should be plenty of time to visit the hypermarket on the way back to stock up with all things 'francais'!

This event also has an area for none 4L products, so all members can go along. Indeed the 4 was responsible for the closing of the 4CV line so in some ways it is our anniversary too (although to us it is more of a wake). In some ways it also launched a period that would see the rear engines die out and the FEFD cars take over in their masses across the range.

3rd Edition of the 4L international 2011 at THENAY - 50 Years of the  4L
4L MAGAZINE and RENAULT HISTOIRE and COLLECTION present the massive European Gathering of the passion for the Renault 4L.
This 3rd Edition is also the occasion  for a fete for this automotive legend with more than 8 million examples.

The 4L INTERNATIONAL also welcomes other collectors cars to the events..

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For more information In in French) visit the website or email the Club Association des Circuits du Val de Loire - Raphael - Mail : - Tel France : 06 42 13 82 56
Tous à THENAY (41) 15th - 17th July 2011

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