You know what's even more awesome than rallying? Rallying in the 1960s, back when it was essentially endurance races on dirt filled with cars like the Mercedes 300, Saab 96, Citroën DS and Ford Falcon. And, it should almost go without saying, the original Mini Cooper.
No one ever said car racing is easy, okay? That's kind of the entire point. Just ask this rally co-driver who had a very gross and very unfortunate bodily fluid incident during a race last month.
Part of the appeal of spectating rally races is the excitement and danger of watching speeding cars as they pass only a few feet away. Unfortunately sometimes the combination of speeding cars with no room for error, no safety barriers and large crowds of people can turn tragic.
The Legend Boucles de Spa brings historic rally cars out of the garage and into the fields, where they belong. No trailer queens here. Just dirt-slinging Porches, Escorts, RX-7's, and other rally classics.
X-Raid's rally team worked up this Mini Countryman to fly over, as well as traverse, the blinding white dunes of Argentina's Fiambala, the vast Atacama Desert and the death-defying descent into Iquique in northern Chile. It's the 2011 Dakar, Mini-style.
Rally driver Patrick Richard rolled his Subaru racer at Canada's 2010 Rallye Baie Chaleurs then heroically hopped out and, with his co-driver still strapped in, flipped the Subie back over and raced to victory with parts flapping in the wind.
I grew up on a farm. Occasionally drunks would swerve off the road and take out huge swaths of corn. Never once did a rally driver plow through our fields. Especially in a Fiat 500 Abarth.
Rally driver Mark Tapper, while running Rally New Zealand in a well-sorted Mitsubishi Lancer, was distracted by some "cunt with his ass out" ahead of a corner causing him to roll his car. NSFW.
Kuwaiti driver Mbarak al-Thefiri competes in the Kuwait International Rally, completely oblivious to the guy hanging out in the middle of the track. That guy's totally got a future in rallying! Photo Credit: YASSER AL-ZAYYAT/AFP/Getty Images
Jalopnik runs the El Dorado Touring Club's George's 278th Road Rallye… and wins! WARNING: Absolutely no cool cars were used in this rallye.
WRC is not solely about epic crashes. Sometimes, in spite of health and safety standards inspired by Mogadishu city life, the cars do manage to stay on the road.
Anything goes! That attitude can get dangerous in a hurry with racing, especially when sponsorship bucks start to pile up, but it results in brain-melting machinery! Now you must choose between the two craziest series!
Being a discerning car enthusiast, you've seen this infamous Ken Block Gymkhana clip a million times. Today we bring you the crashes, outtakes and foibles that went into it's production. Enjoy the infectiously addictive soundtrack!
I'd planned to review this totally addictive book today, but I haven't yet got permission to use the photos. But, dammit, racing Moskviches are cool, so we need some kind of vintage Soviet car fix!
We're not quite sure where this occurred, but we're glad it wasn't at this year's Michigan-based 2009 Sno*Drift Rally. That could have been us! We also hope the camera wasn't too expensive.
Up in Northern Michigan, the rally action is as furious as ever. Join us below for our mega gallery of what can only be described as Michigan's great motorsport secret.
With the $39,500 Renault R5 Turbo getting a Nice Price vote on Friday, we're going to see if French factory hot rods can get the nod from our readers twice in a row.