Watching rally cars is fun. Watching rally cars while crouched inches away from them as they drive at highway speeds, with your back pressed against a no-escape rock wall? Less fun.
It looks like everyone is a bit rusty from the FIA World Rally Championship offseason, and a few bruises may result from it.
Former F1 and current WRC driver Robert Kubica crashed out of the Monte Carlo Rally today with this agonizingly slow crash. Watch how quickly his day gets ruined on a patch of icy road.
Welcome to Rally Flashback, where we look at old highlight videos of previous editions of the upcoming WRC rally. As in most years of the World Rally Championship, the calendar starts with the legendary Monte Carlo. This time we look back to 2004, a season with several interesting aspects.
[Fans cluster around a pair of Escort Cosworths getting serviced in the Ford pits at the 1993 Monte Carlo Rally Photo Credit: Getty Images]
Modern WRC cars might not have the horsepower of their Group B grandfathers, but they are still hugely quick thanks to advances in their tires, suspension, and (as you can see here) all-wheel drive.
There is only one kind of buyer that would drop a million dollars on a rough looking Monte Carlo that was in a Fast and Furious movie. It would have to be some insanely rich dude who is amassing a garage of F&F movie cars and would pay any price to complete his collection. Do any of you know this person?
Three Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars entered the Rallye Monte Carlo this year. They were glorious.
Check out these amazing photos right here of Rallye Monte Carlo cutting straight through a tiny old French village. This is what it's all about.
This past week's Rallye Monte Carlo had to cancel one of its special stages because, and I am not kidding here, too many rabid crazy super enthusiastic fans showed up.
The Rallye Monte Carlo is on its second day today and the drivers are pushing as you can well see!
You don't become a nine-time world rally champion by letting other people do all the work for you. Even when, you know, you shatter your suspension.
This is going to be hard to believe but Sébastien Loeb has made a mistake while driving. Yes, the nine-time WRC champion whose record is so clean that I could wipe my ass with it. He had a slight crash.
VW's top rally driver Sébastien Ogier is the reigning double world champion, so he's the first driver on the road at today's Rallye Monte Carlo. Here's the sneaky trick that lets him pull.
Robert Kubica (bad news) is out of day one of the Rallye Monte Carlo but (good news) it's not because he crashed!
Nine-time world champion Sebastien Loeb is making a one-off return to the WRC in 2015 for the season opener Rallye Monte Carlo. He crossed the finish line of the first stage only minutes ago and, uh, holy crap.
The Rallye Monte Carlo starts today, and the roads these WRC drivers are going to have to contend with are unreal.
What you're looking at is former F1 driver Robert Kubica testing out the damper setup on his Ford Fiesta WRC car before the upcoming Monte Carlo Rally. I have watched this a hundred times and I still can't get over the speed.
The Tuthill Porsche 911 R-GT rally car is out and testing for next week's Monte Carlo Rally and I have already died of joy.
You might think that the real place for testing a Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 liter would be on a racetrack. I would argue it's right here.