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See Group B Cars in Person

Peugeot 205 T16 in Action on the 2008 Goodwood Rally Stage

I’ve been¬†fascinated¬†by Group B Cars for 10 years now. ¬†In the US, its nearly impossible to see a real Group B car in person so I knew I had to travel if I wanted to experience them first hand. ¬†In May of 2008, I set out through Europe on a 4 month backpacking trip with the goal of seeing European motorsports and more specifically Group B.

My first major stop outside of Italy was the Luzurn’s Transport Museum¬†where I saw my first F1 car in their Sauber exhibit. ¬†This remains one of the best Museums I’ve ever visited and I highly recommend it to any gear head. ¬†After Switzerland I crossed the border into Germany to¬† the Audi Museum Mobile in Ingolstat in Germany. ¬†This is ¬†where I saw my first Killer B, a production Sport Quattro. ¬†Unfortunately,¬†the Group S Prototype I had heard was there, was not on display. ¬†After Ingolstat I¬†traveled¬†around a bit more, watched the F1 race in Monaco, a Historic Grand Prix at Autodromo Nazionale Monza, visited Lamborghini’s Museum in¬†¬†Sant‚ÄôAgata Bolognese, Italy. ¬†Ferrari’s Museum in Maranello and then on to England for the Goodwood Festival of Speed. ¬†There I got to finally see what I’ve been facinated by for years, Group B cars on a rally stage. ¬†I took tons of photos¬†at the event before heading next to the Midlands where I visited Ralliart HQ in Rugby, The Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon. ¬†Later I flew up to Finland for the 2008 Rally Finland to see current WRC cars tear up the legendary forest stages of Jyv√§skyl√§ (the home town of Henri Toivonen,¬†Mikko Hirvonen,¬†Tommi M√§kinen and other legends).

RS200 in the Paddock – Goodwood Fos 2008

 

After this trip, I felt that I had missed a few important things.  For this reason I returned to England in fall of 2009 for the Goodwood Revival, Rally Day @ Castle Combe, flew to Switzerland and travelled by train to Stutgart where I saw the new Mercedes and Porsche Museums.

The moral of this post: Even if Group B seems worlds away, there are still many places to see the cars and sometimes the drivers in action.  Save up some money, find some time, and buy the ticket.