Look at the faces of the people in that Renault 8, looking at the blurry couple in the foreground. Their expressions are ones of a certain dead-eyed despair, mixed with a little contempt. Those people can’t help they’re blurry! Leave them alone!


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My heart skipped a beat when I saw the picture. I love R8, I’ve never even driven one. I saw one when I was a kid, maybe 6 or 7, I can’t forget, a proper blue Gordini rally replica, a driver was a woman - somehow that detail was important. R8 Gordini became one of my favorite cars.