Quattro lives! Group B rally weapons return to UK
No this isn't a story from the mid-eighties that got mislaid. The "too fast to race" rally cars that were banned in 1986 are going to compete in a multi-stage rally in Cheshire in August 2012.
Group B cars were fire-breathing monsters (literally spewing flames from the exhaust on nearly every gearchange), with up to 500 bhp. They were banned after two fatal crashes in 1986 in which three spectators and two competitors were killed. It was felt that the cars were simply too fast for narrow forest tracks with open access for spectators.
There will be five locations for the UK rebirth, including Oulton Park circuit and Cholmondeley. Lest you think the latter is a comedy name from The Fast Show, Cholmondeley is the location of the Pageant of Power, a sort of Goodwood Festival of Speed of the north,
The publicity photographs show all the Group B classic cars – Audi Quattro, Peugeot 205 T16, Ford RS 200 and even a Lancia 037. They are also promising a wide range of other cars, including WRC rally cars and historic classics. There is a nice looking Rover SD1 race car on their website, which suggests a pretty broad church of interesting motors.
They are still interested in new entrants and will include static displays and non-competitive runs on the course, so anyone that has an interesting classic from the 1970s and 1980s might want to get in touch
The event will take place on the weekend of 25/26 August and (a few) more details are available at the rallygroupeb website.