Tag: french

French Fancies COTD: Alpine A110 (the new one)

Now, this week, the name that kept creeping its bug eye face up was of course Alpine, and it’s no surprise really as it the ubiquitous French sports car. It’s the car French teenagers aspire to own and French engineers want to build. It’s the Gallic Lotus and Porsche all rolled into one wonderful brand.

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French Fancies COTD: Renaultsport Spider

A lot of the cars I have spoken about this week have in some way been compared to, or related to, France’s holy Alpine, so it’s a little awkward now as today’s car was Alpine’s final nail in the coffin. Until the resurrection of course! Renault, in the 90’s, were killing it in Formula One

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French Fancies COTD: Hommell Berlinette

Another tale from Gran Turismo’s past, the guys from Polyphony digital seem to have a knack of popularising car companies that please gamers over bank managers. My first interaction with Hommell was on Gran Turismo 4 on the PlayStation 2, the one that a lot of people believe is the nerdiest of all the Gran

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French Fancies COTD: Mega Track

Remember the Ligier story from Tuesday? The supercar maker that turned to little microcars? Well, this is the reverse of that story but with a car which is a little more unusual. Aixam are a company I’m sadly very familiar with, they make those irritating little noisey single cylinder diesel crash-test avoiding death traps. The

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French Fancies COTD: Venturi Atlantique

As a child of the PlayStation generation and a scholar at the academy of Kazunori Yamauchi’s Gran Turismo my early opinions on cars were a little bit skewed. For one, all of my knowledge of the 911 came through independent tuning arm RUF who I became accustomed to in Gran Turismo 2. When I finally

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French Fancies COTD: Ligier JS2

From one racing driver to another today, this time the focus is on Guy Ligier and to say that Guy lived an interesting life would be an absolutely gigantic understatement. He was a real story of rags to riches, doing the impossible through hard work and true grit plus a little dash of cunning thrown

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French Fancies COTD: Matra Djet

Welcome to the Inaugural Car of the day post! In the upcoming weeks I will be writing about one car every day. Each week will have a different theme in which the cars are linked, with an attempt to cover the weird and obscure mostly (but also talking about some of the cars I love

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Why did the french lose their je n’est c’est quoi? and how can they regain it?

It feels odd that one of the stories gathering the most steam from the Frankfurt motor-show is the excitement over Renault’s new talisman estate, which on looks alone seems to be a very pretty and well thought out design. This must be the first time in years that a none small car from the Boulogne

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