1966. On an initiative from three journalists – Alain Bertaut, Paul Dupuis and Georges Fraichard – Renault and Elf launch the Coupe Gordini, an event that makes motor racing accessible to all. The first competition includes several disciplines (hill climbing, track, rally) in which all Gordini drivers are awarded points. From 1967 on, the Coupe focuses on track racing. With no vehicle modifications allowed, all kinds of drivers, from garage mechanics to enthusiasts, get to show off all of their driving skills. Numerous drivers begin their career at the event, including Jabouille, Darniche and Serpaggi.
1970. “G Day” is celebrated in mid-summer at the Le Castellet track in the south of France. Thousands of ‘Gordinists’ come from all over France, and from Spain and Belgium, to celebrate the blue and white Renault 8 – and the launch of the Renault 12 Gordini! The new model is front-wheel drive, breaking with the “everything at the back” oversteer philosophy. Many fans are doubtful about the newcomer, but the Renault 12 Gordini appears in the brand catalog in the autumn. In 1971, the Coupe Gordini featured Renault 12 models exclusively. Despite all this, and because of the oil crisis, success is not on the cards, and only 5,000 units are produced between 1970 and 1974.
1975. After Renault stops making the 12 Gordini, it re-baptizes the Renault 17 TS with the Gordini name. The “Sorcerer” is not involved in development, but the car inherits all the strong qualities of its forerunner, including the five-speed gearbox, chassis and suspension system, and goes on to establish a strong rally career in France and also in eastern Europe.
1979. Amédée Gordini dies at the age of 79. One year earlier, he watches the victory of the Renault Alpine at the Le Mans 24 Hours, powered by a V6 Turbo bearing the Renault Gordini signature. His name has become synonymous with sport and speed.