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Tuesday 25th September 2012

Time for Tea? Group B Audi Sport Quattro

You won't find any Mini Coutrymans in this rallying video...



Rallying is in the doldrums. Both the number of manufacturers competing in the WRC and the amount of people watching it are dwindling. Media coverage is pretty abysmal. The sport desperately needs something to rekindle the interest of marketing folk and the man on the street.

Which one for the heated rear window?
Which one for the heated rear window?
Today's Time for Tea? reminds us of a time when droves of fans made their way to the remotest rural locations to catch a glimpse of driving gods doing impossible things in iconic cars. And few are as iconic as the Audi Sport Quattro, one of the definitive cars of the Group B era.

Group B was banned as it was deemed too dangerous. When fans and competitors are dying at events, something undoubtedly has to change. But the very fact the cars and drivers from the '80s are still being discussed and revered to this day demonstrates what a thrilling era of rallying it was. Can you imagine motorsport aficionados discussing the first time they saw a Mini Countryman WRC in thirty years time? Exactly.

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The Audi Sport Quattro and cars of its ilk (Lancia Delta S4, Ford RS200, Metro 6R4) fascinated and entertained a generation of fans. Sit back and remind yourself why with this video, and let's all hope rallying can produce something equally captivating in the near future.

 

 

Matt Bird
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johnhenry

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nothing like that sound to pick you up after a tough day

epom

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Absolutely fantastic isn't it?? Are today's guys really going faster than that ??

mickers70

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Awsome !

LotusOmega375D

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That's better a proper A1 Quattro: not today's effort.

axles

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rallying has been over regulated .. you can buy road going cars today with more power ..
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MichelV

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Thank you for that.

Please be a little more punctual next time as I have my tea at 16h Brussels time.

Michel

Baryonyx

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Great video and a smashing car. No wonder rallying is in such a bad way today, the cars just boring. I love watching Seb Loeb drive, but the new cars make even the C4 WRC look hugely exciting. And the battle of the C4 WRC vs the Focus WRC was pretty dire at times, with just two cars running the field!

In spite of Mini and Skoda's efforts to get into the sport, it's still just not that exciting. It's not just because Loeb is so good either, the battle for 2nd and 3rd should become a huge event when Loeb's victory seems assured. But more often than not, it seems a bit dull.

I also think rallying has suffered from the fact that the majority of new cars are more boring than ever now and the fact that so few people are genuinely interested in good cars anymore. Putting a car into the WRC and hoping to sell a few hot models off the back of it would just be a bad idea these days. Race on sunday, buy on Monday died years ago. frown


JdmRacer

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Love that proper rallying instead of camp little mini's and skoda's!pistonheads should start a patation to bring back real rallying!

Antj

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goosebumps,

OdramaSwimLaden

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Simply staggering performance...

As much as I hate it, I can see why the perormance regulations came in. Without them, many many more spectators and drivers / co-drivers would have died.

EvoSlayer

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Quite like this one myself...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEK7POxpVeE

kiwifraser

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Fantastic noise, Legendary car.

And... roads like those shown at the 2.00 min mark are one of the things I miss most about living in New Zealand.

Lax Power

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Group B was great but you don't have to go that far back to find the 'good old days'.

Take 1994 for example: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1994_World_Rally_Cham...

Look at that list of names! They also had the Safari rally.

One man is solely responsible for the ruination of the sport: Prodrive mogul David Richards.

His Eccleston-esq dream to bring rallying to the masses by commercialising it and televising it everywhere led to sponsors setting the terms and not manufacturers. Its not about manufacturers proving their cars on the rally scene so that they can sell rally specials, its about providing moving billboards. That's why they don't night stages any more and they are washed at each service...because you cant see the logos! Don't even get me started on paying to get into the forest!

The spectator who stands in a frozen Welsh forest at 3am waiting for the crisp sound of a BDG Escort on full song to pierce the air has been pushed out. Alienate him and the sport dies. Easy.

Jandywa

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Now thats how you test a vehicle!

Dave Hedgehog

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Quattro and a blown 5 = cloud9

rohrl

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There's also the argument that BCE was getting concerned by the growing popularity of the WRC and spiked it to preserve his F1 cash cow.

It's a shadow of its former self as a sport either way.

DonkeyApple

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Group B really was the peak of this amazing sport. It had a resurgence with the early Scoobies but just who would ever be interested in a sodding Mini Countryman?

They really need to find a change. They can't really go back to the Group B concept as you know more people would die than was acceptable.

So, if the modern cars look dull is it the cara that need to change? There is nothing wrong with the drivers. And I can't really see anything wrong with the courses. It's the cars which just don't grab your heart or balls.

Ditch the manufacturers? It does seem that many facets of Motorsport are just more exciting when the big boys aren't running the show. Touring Cars is well past its heyday and would be better going back to less in your face involvement from the manufacturers.

I think people are just bored of multinationals buying victories in order to sell dull cars. Some of these sports need to find a way to still attract enough money to run but without being just a sales tool so obviously.

DouggyMc

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I have to own a Quattro at some point in my life. Amazing.

h8wyn

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Music to my ears. If modern rally cars sounded like this I would be spending more time in the forests with a flask, torch and sandwiches just like the good old days!

corvus

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Antj said:
goosebumps,
+1

One of my all time favourites for the noise and sheer power.

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