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’Agata 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 Jyväskylä (the home town of Henri Toivonen, Mikko Hirvonen, Tommi Mäkinen 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.

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