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Our Heritage

History

At the age of 16 a young Colin Stark had already become passionate about Renaults and in particular the sporty derivatives produced by the company. 

He found his way to Australian Rally championship events and Rallycross to ogle over his dream cars particularly the giant killing Renault 8 Gordini.

Little was he to know but 6 years later he was borrowing more than his yearly earnings to purchase his the ultimate dream car, an Alpine Renault. That car is his ex works Alpine A110 pictured on this website. Having owned that car since 1976 makes him one of the longest Alpine Renault owners in the world.

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The birth of Alpine Affaire

To enable him to repay the debt on the A110 and to repay a house mortgage Colin and wife Lyn set about supplementing their income by repairing and selling Renault 10s, 12s & 16s in their spare time. 

After working 14 years with Victoria's Caterpillar dealer in various roles as a Mechanical Design Engineer, Colin decided to start his own business specialising in the importation, restoration and sales of Alpine Renaults.

So great was his passion for this marquee, Lyn suggested the business be called “ALPINE AFFAIRE”.

In 1986 the business became Colin & Lyn's sole income stream and with a collapsing Australian dollar it was soon evident Alpines could not provide enough income to support a young family, so it was decided to increase business by diversifying into the service & repair of mainstream Renault models. As the business grew the Peugeot & Citroen brands were added.

After 2 years operating out of premises in Mitcham the business was moved to its current location in Ringwood in 1988.

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Over the years many Alpine adventures have occurred with trips throughout the world tracking “tip offs” about “Barn finds”, “A friend of mine told me!”, “10 years ago I remember seeing!” type stories and these trips have taken Colin to places as close as Ringwood to places like New Caledonia where 4 Alpines were discovered and returned to Australia for restoration & sale. To New Zealand to track down and collect from several farm locations a 40’ container load of a Renault 5 Turbo factory Group 4 rally car and associated parts.

A trip to Wales uncovered an incomplete crashed ex works R5 Turbo Group B car sitting in a barn. This car was returned to Australia for restoration. The hunt for special parts to complete this restoration has taken Colin & Lyn to many countries including Belgium, Italy & Switzerland. Colin & Alpine Affaire have imported virtually all models of Alpines & Renaultsport cars  produced & are looking forward to the reintroduction of the Alpine Renault marque.

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Colin has continually been involved in motorsport since buying that first Alpine and has competed in circuit racing, hillclimbs, tarmac rallies and motorkhanas. His car of choice has always been an Alpine, Gordini or Renault Sport model. Today his greatest pleasure is driving that same Alpine A110 in historic racing events.

That passion makes Alpine Affaire what it is today. It is not just a business it is a desire of all of the Alpine Affaire staff to offer owners of Citroen, Peugeot & Renault cars a complete and caring solution to their needs. This includes used car sales, servicing, diagnostic and repair needs. The staff have years of experience with these   makes and are dedicated to caring for your car.

Alpine Affaire imports genuine & aftermarket new parts and we offer a comprehensive range at competitive prices. We also offer our clients a used component option if we believe it can provide an effective solution.