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An Alpine with a different name and place of production -- the Willys Interlagos


An Alpine with a different name and place of production -- the Willys Interlagos

Posted: 15 Sep 2018 01:48 PM PDT

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The Alpine 108 was launched at the Paris Motor Show in autumn 1957. Initially production volumes were low. 
The Alpine 106 had taken its name from the first three digits of the four-digit homologation number of the old Renault 4CV on which the car was based. Applying the same logic the new car should have been called 109 because it used mechanical components from the newer Renault Dauphine which was registered under the French homologation number 1090, but instead the new car, which inherited many of its non-mechanical components from the 106, was given the name Alpine 108. In this form, where the 106 had used an engine from the Renault 4CV, the new model, as launched in 1957, used the Gordini version of the 845 cc engine fitted in the Dauphine.
1960 saw the introduction of an Alpine 108 cabriolet and a 2+2 coupé.[1] These versions were slightly longer than the original and featured a newly developed "beams and backbone" chassis with the beams at each end supporting cradles which carried respectively the engine at the rear and the steering mechanism at the front. This basic architecture would be used for Alpine sports cars until the Alpine A110 was phased out in 1977. These models, like the original coupé, were assembled by Chappe et Gessalin, but with a wheelbase lengthened by 7 cm (2.8 in). The mechanical elements were as before, with the Renault Dauphine engine offered in 845 cc or 904 cc form. By the time production of the 108 came to an end in 1965, fewer than 100 of these lengthened versions had been produced.
The 108 played an important part in the transformation of Alpine into a mainstream (though always low volume) car producer. In 1960 an upgraded version of the model known as the Berlinette Tour de France replaced the original "coach" version of the car. The obvious visual difference was at the front, where the headlights were now integrated into the front wing behind a windcheating perspex cover. This was the model offered in the show rooms from autumn 1960 and which continued in production until 1965, preparing the way for the commercially more successful A110.


What you see in the above photo taken at Cars and Coffee at Carillon Park in Dayton today is the A108 produced in Brazil, thanks to an agreement with Willys-Overland. Renamed as Willys Interlagos, the model was built in three versions: berlinettecoupé, and convertible. The car also had a successful racing career. From 1962 to 1966, a total of 822 Interlagos were made in Santo AmaroSão Paulo.
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1960 Dodge Polara -- a very rare survivor

Posted: 15 Sep 2018 10:33 AM PDT

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Seen at Cars and Coffee at Carillon Park. This car is an original, and in terrific shape for its age. Not many of these around anymore.









The styling Genius of Virgil Exner!

The 1960 Polara and other full-sized Dodges featured styling cues carried over from 1959 models, itself an evolution of Virgil Exner's "Forward Look" cars introduced in 1957. The top-of-the line Polara and Dodge Matador continued to ride on the 122-inch (3,099 mm) wheelbase of their predecessors, while a new line-up of still full-sized Dodge Darts rode on a shorter 118-inch (2,997 mm) wheelbase. The Polara was available as a 2-door convertible, 2-door hardtop, 4-door hardtop sedan, 4-door hardtop station wagon, and conventional (pillared) 4-door sedan. 
Like these cars, both 1960 full-sized Dodges continued with the make's styling hallmarks of stacked "jet pod" tail lights, however, the size of the lights was greatly increased compared to the previous year's lamps, with the lower lights set into the rear bumper. The design also incorporated Dodge's trademark shortened tail fins, which, on the Polara, included small vertical tail light lenses placed on the vertical surface at the back of the fin; again, the purpose of the shortened fin was meant to exaggerate the length of the "jet pods" holding the tail lights.
The fins on Darts were shorter both in length and height because unlike the full sized Dodge's, the Polara and Matador, the Darts were based on the Plymouth and used much Plymouth sheet metal forms and the Plymouth rear door. The Plymouth rear door did not have any part of the fin whereas on the full sized Dodges the fin actually started on the rear door (on the 4-doors) and continued back from there. This allowed the fin to start sooner, on the door, and end sooner, relative to the tip of the round tail light and still appear as long or longer than on the Dart. The net effect was that the fins on the Dart look stunted whereas on the Polara and Matador the fins appear in proper proportion to the rest of the car. Up front, the car featured a small grille consisting of eight stacks of anodized aluminum rectangles nested in a massive (and complex) chrome front bumper assembly. As the top model in the line-up, the Polara featured better interior fabrics and trim treatments. Polaras also received more trim on the outside of the car, most notably a chrome stone guard aft of the rear wheel housings, a full-length chrome spear, and a wide chrome base to the chrome spear atop the headlight housings.
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Grant Enfinger Survives Chaos to Punch His Ticket to Second Round of Truck Series Playoffs

Posted: 14 Sep 2018 11:27 PM PDT

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Grant Enfinger was able to break away from the field during the final restart of Friday's race in Las Vegas to secure his second career victory in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Enfinger took advantage of Brett Moffitt stumble during the final restart to take the lead and ultimately the victory.

Johnny Sauter finished the race in second while Justin Haley, Ben Rhodes, and Matt Crafton rounded out the top five.

While five of the playoff contenders rallied up to earn top-five finishes, the other three are ready to leave Las Vegas but aren't ready to head to Talladega. Brett Moffitt struggled all night long but was able to run up front most of the final laps until his fuel tank ran out on the final restart. Moffitt fell to 11th.

Stewart Friesen and Noah Gragson both had strong beginnings of the night but when both were involved in their own incidents, their nights went from bad to worse. Friesen was involved in multiple accidents but still finished the race in 17th. Gragson had a rough night after leading a good chunk of laps early but after losing a tire, he would finish 18th.

There were 11 cautions for 47 laps and 21 lead changes among nine drivers.

Results from Las Vegas


  1. Grant Enfinger
  2. Johnny Sauter
  3. Justin Haley
  4. Ben Rhodes
  5. Matt Crafton
  6. Myatt Snider
  7. Ross Chastain
  8. Austin Theriault
  9. Austin Wayne Self
  10. Chris Eggleston
  11. Brett Moffitt
  12. Jennifer Jo Cobb
  13. Korbin Forrister
  14. Justin Fontaine
  15. Jesse Little
  16. Bayley Currey
  17. Stewart Friesen
  18. Noah Gragson
  19. Timothy Peters
  20. Jordan Anderson
  21. TJ Bell
  22. John Hunter Nemechek
  23. Austin Hill
  24. Cody Coughlin
  25. Cory Roper
  26. Brandon Jones
  27. Todd Gilliland
  28. Wendell Chavous
  29. Riley Herbst
  30. Bo LeMastus
  31. Joe Nemechek
  32. Tanner Thorson

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