Founded in 1955, the Société des Automobiles Alpine is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, one in which the Spider and the R5 GT Turbo also turn 30 and 20 respectively.

To mark 60 years of Alpine know-how, the employees at the Dieppe factory welcomed family, friends, neighbours and relations for an invitation-only open day on Saturday 20 June, with 50 volunteers on hand to make sure the day went smoothly and a fun time was had by all.

Attracting some 3,000 visitors, the open day proved a great success and showcased the sense of enthusiasm and pride that drives Alpine employees.

There was plenty to do see at the event, with a host of activities and entertainment laid on : musical performances, face painting for little ones (and the not so little) and video gaming for teenagers. A number of the factory’s outstanding cars were also on display : the Renault Sport R.S.01, the Grand Touring concept car, and a fully restored Alpine 110. Visitors also gained a fascinating insight into Made-in-Dieppe expertise on a tour of the factory, complete with information panels in each area.

The open day also saw the former employees’ club Anciens d’Alpine put 15 superb Alpine cars on display for the knowledgeable visitors to admire, an exhibition that encapsulated the continued excellence that generations of Alpine workers have achieved over the years and which also gave youngsters a chance to admire the craftsmanship of their parents.

Embodying the passion for motorsport at the Dieppe plant, these flagship cars were put on show on the Avenue de Bréauté. Their proud owners were delighted to see them back at the factory where they came into being, and their generosity in bringing them along to the open day was very much in keeping with a wonderful anniversary event.

Symbolising the marque’s revival, the Grand Touring concept car lined up alongside the factory’s wondrous A 110 in the all-new car assembly building, which was opened especially for the occasion. Meanwhile, the Formula Renault 2.0 unveiled its secrets to visitors in the factory’s motorsport workshop, given over to the production of race cars.

The Bluecar, the factory’s latest creation, was also present and correct and was taken for many a test drive by employees and their guests.

The 60th anniversary celebrations will continue with the Saga Alpine rally on 11-13 September. Organised by the Anciens d’Alpine, the event is open to the public.

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