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?
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.
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.
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.
Good post. Rallying needs to change. I have spent quite a lot of time watching Group B videos and it is always time well spent! I'd love to have seen them in their heyday.
TankRS26 Sep 2012
my ears are bleeding and my boss is a little bit miffed but it was worth it!!!
modern WRC cars are going faster now apparently, but only due to the modern tech and less sideways driving styles. and sound no where near as good as groupB cars!! not even the vicious Mini!!
Dave Hedgehog26 Sep 2012
If you thought the original group B cars were insane and sounded great, cop a load of this: