Monday, August 24, 2009

1985 Tour De Corse Renault Maxi 5 Turbo

A part of the Group B rally era.

The 1985 Tour De Corse was one of a tragic race wherein driver Attilio Battega crash his Lancia 037 in a tree hitting the driver side instantly killing him, while his co driver, Maurizio Perissinot survived uninjured.

Other retirements on that race due to crashes included Ari Vatanen, Walter Rohrl and Didier Auriol in another Renault Maxi 5 Turbo.

The winner of this tragic race was Jean Ragnotti and co driver Pierre Thimonier driving a Renault Maxi 5 Turbo.

photo courtesy of

Diecast made by Ixo Junior in 1:43 scale


lorenzo721 said...

As usual, a very nice model. Those cars were terrific in Corsica. Renault would not participate to the world championship apart from this event, which was part of the French championship. There, the 5 Turbo then its evolution the 5 Maxi Turbo would beat all the great teams on the twisty roads of the little island every year.

Regarding Jean Ragnotti, I regret that there's no more any character such as him on the too much professionalized modern racing scene. Always a big smile and a neverending stream of jokes.

JDMike's Diecast Site said...

thanks sir Laurent and for the ever numerous infos you always share to us. :-)

Jovet's Garage said...

Great choice of model, congrats Mike! I'm still looking for a mint and reasonably priced Tomica model of this Renault.

JDMike's Diecast Site said...

thanks Jovet! i hope you do find a mint one, i still got that maxi turbo rally version by tomy but its not mint.

danielh said...

nice model and nice pictures too JDMikes!!!!!

JDMike's Diecast Site said...

thanks daniel! :-)

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