For most rally fans (myself included), the 80s was the most fascinating era of rallying for one pure and simple reason: Group B. During this period, Audi was constantly the team to beat, and for a while, the great Michele Mouton was one of the hired guns for this legendary team, and she was total business.
We've all heard the tale of the rally team that snapped their throttle cable mid-race. They stopped and threw away the hood, while one guy jumped in the engine bay and the other drove the rest of the rally at full throttle. But like all good stories, there's more than just glory and a ridiculous photo op.
Rallying is one of the only forms of motor sports that still retains the atmosphere of the heyday of motor racing. Imagine what a throwback a vintage rally is. I have just been to one.
Chris Harris was looking for cheap oversteer. So he and his mates procured a BMW 325i rally car. This video chronicles their first gravel test day, which as you'll see, was a shambles thanks to a clapped-out Range Rover and a dodgy trailer.
About as complete a history of modern (as of the early 2000s) rally driving as you'll find, anywhere, compressed into just 90 minutes. Watch it for the slow-motion shots of leaping Mitsubishis and interviews with the late, great Colin McRae. Or just watch it because it sounds like my dreams taste. (Thanks to…
It takes under two minutes to remind us why Lancia's rally efforts were so awesome and simultaneously stoke the flames of our burning desire to own a Stratos. Unfortunately, this footage is likely as close as we will ever get.
Here's Ford's all-new Fiesta RS World Rally Car livery that will adorn the car in the FIA World Rally Championship.
Sure, the driver of this Ford rally car has himself a set of big brass ones, but we still have to go with the cameraman on any award for biggest set. [via CallItLikeISeeIt]
Rallying's a test of nerves, grip, and the ability to follow directions screamed at you seconds before their application. For this reason, it's probably not a great idea to have a telephone pole in the middle of a rally stage.
Ford driver Mikko Hirvonen crashed out of Rally Finland today in fairly dramatic fashion. The Finn was leading the event when he lost control of his Focus RS and somersaulted over a hill. Crazy in-car and spectator footage below.
Sadly, crashing is an inevitable part of racing. The sport we love has taken many of our heroes, and although tragedy is never pleasant, it's important to remember who we've lost. Here are your suggestions for racing's ten most infamous accidents.
Yes, this is epic. Yes, it is a Mk II Escort. No, we know nothing else about it. [via Reddit]
This is the 2011 Subaru WRX STI sedan. It's a four-door version of Subaru's legendary rally rocket, and it marks a return to the form factor that made the model famous. Is it any different from its hatchback sibling?
Rally America has responded to our petition to get Bill Caswell, the $500 Craigslist rally-car driver, into ESPN's X Games. It's not happening... yet. This is the full email chain.