What It's Like To Drive A Lancia 037 Group B Street Car

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Back in the '80s, you could enter just about any kind of purpose-built race car you wanted, so long as you also built some road-legal versions for the public, too. This is what it's like to run one of those homologations specials, the mighty Lancia 037.

This is the same guy who runs this absolutely immaculate Lancia Stratos (Petrolicious filmed that car too), and he describes the 037 as something of a second album to the Stratos' breakout hit.

I just can't take my eyes off the midengine shape, or what that Millennium Falcon feel is like when the supercharger whines in fifth gear.

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An 850ci, a Stratos, and a 037. My first thought was "NO way is this guy interested in having a family."

But then I took a step back and Google'd. LOL. "Reluctant Father" indeed. I had to order his book:

Handling a baby was like working with highly unstable explosives.

I would lower Loulou gingerly into the crib.

The slightest movement and....BOOOOM!

I'd be franticaly looking for a way to diffuse the infant.

GREEN WIRE OR RED WIRE?! WHICH ONE DO I CUT?

I would fly into a multi-armed panic.

Does she need milk? Has she crapped her pants? Is she too hot? Too cold?

WHAT'S WRONG?! SHE WAS JUST SOUND ASLEEP!

I remember mentioning to Carla that the screaming was making me crazy.

She said 'I know, doesn't it just break your heart?'.

I meant throwing the baby out the window crazy.

This guy is awesome.