Some time ago, Jobjoris became my European pusher man connection after I decided I simply had to have a Jidé. That turned into a months long process of collaboration, finding and acquiring French competition cars I wanted to add to my collection that were otherwise unavailable or hard to get in the US. Well, really, it was more like he opened the back of his van in a shady alley and said “Hey kid, want a hit?” I did, of course. Emails were written, monies exchanged, and a magnificent box of contraband arrived from the Netherlands earlier this week. But to my surprise, it was much bigger than expected for a small collection of 1/43s. Hmm, why could that be? Turns out it was packing a 1/18 and some other goodies that weren’t on the original manifest, so to speak. This amazing thing is that 1/18, and it’s wonderful!!

It’s obviously the Renault R5 Turbo, a car which needs no introduction around these parts. Its history has been well covered here, so to briefly summarize, Renault (thankfully) lost its mind and turned the lowly 5/Le Car into a fire-breathing mid-engined monster, and a rally hero was born. This particular example was driven by Joël Gouhier to 3rd in the European Renault Cup series in 1981. He would win it in 1982.

All function in that office. I’ve never had a Universal Hobbies model before, but I’m very impressed! It even has the huge exhaust heat shield, as seen below. Underside detail is good as well, unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of that.

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The business end

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Love the removable engine cover with spare.

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It even has space for its little brother!

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What an amazing surprise, and this isn’t the only one! I’m truly blown away by such generosity, and I look forward to sharing all the rest of the great stuff Jobjoris made possible. LALD is the best, I can’t wait for the next round of Transatlantic scores! Immense thank you to Jobjoris, I owe you, man! Your package left today :) Have a great weekend, LALD, and for those of you at Lone Star Le Mans, you have my everlasting jealousy. Sorry I’m not there to give guided tours of Italian Audis this year!