Funny how the motorsport world comes around. From 1986 to 1987, WRC cars became slower and less dramatic as Group A replaced Group B in the name of safety. Now, from 2016 to 2017, the cars are becoming faster and more exciting to bring more fans and support to rallying.
The updated cars have already been declared one of our most eagerly anticipated 2017 arrivals, so expect more on the World Rally Championship as the year progresses. For now, in that New Year malaise where nothing much is yet happening, it's time to take a look at how the Monte was three decades ago. Beats attempting any proper work, doesn't it?
There's a fascinating diversity to the cars competing in 1987. The Group A Delta Integrales are dominant, but there's also an Audi 200 (five-cylinder, of course, and massive), Mazda 323s, two- and four-wheel drive Sierras, a Renault 11 Turbo and plenty more. The Alps, as ever, provide a stunning backdrop for the rally cars. It's a great watch.
Of course the instinct is to suggest that rallying was always better way back then - certainly don't expect rally drivers to be as honest as Rohrl is here in 2017 - but there remains plenty to looks forward to this year. Let's just hope there's less controversy at this month's Monte than in the video...