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– 2017 Shrine Retrospective & 2018 Fundraiser


2017 turned out to be a very busy year for the Rally Group B Shrine! As always, the year was filled with a heavy personal time consuming investment in improving the website with intensive research, homologation papers, new articles, and the addition of new features, all the meanwhile making acquaintances along the way.

One of these new features are “page jumps” (example below) that allow for quicker browsing of long articles. Look for them to be implemented throughout the website’s articles in the next months.



Early in the year, an abridged version of the Shrine’s Ford Escort RS1700T article was proudly featured in the February 2017 issue of UK’s Pacenotes Rally Magazine. The collaboration continued on with advertisement. Thank you, Jonathan, for trusting my work and the website to promote your amazing motorsport publication!

Soon afterwards I personally begun helping Briton author Bill Munro with research for his upcoming book about the Ferguson Formula 4WD system history (Traction For Sale). This cooperation has led to the massive improvement of one of my articles about the very little known Opel Manta B 400 4WD prototype. You can expect some of my detective work to filter down to Mr. Munro’s book as well. Thanks, Bill, your professionalism has helped me bring up my game.

Contact with the famed Klein family of Germany has brought greater things since the Shrine now features lots of HD pictures from the Eifel Rallye Festival (which is now also proudly promoted on the website). This relationship has helped bring more opportunities such as communication with some of Group B’s greats such as John Davenport, John Wheeler, and Ari Vatanen.

On top of that, the Shrine’s professional looking appearance has brought surprise requests from TV productions about acquiring visual media (pictures, videos) for special features that include Group B cars. One such request came from a well known American car show: Jay Leno’s Garage. The particular episode (which has yet to air at the time of writing) will feature a Group B car (possibly two) along with a snippet of historical footage made possible by the Shrine’s contacts.

On a sadder note, in June, I found out that some bloggers, one in particular, had been plagiarising my work and getting high praise for my articles on a very popular car culture website. The problem was dealt with but still left a sour taste. Full story HERE.

At my personal request, Audi Tradition came through with their promise to measure the exterior dimensions and release the full specifications of their amazing Gruppe S prototype. First released to the Shrine, these official specifications brought an end to much speculations about the car.

All the meanwhile, I somehow managed to find the time to also work on my secretive, decade long, Group B tribute car project and finally roll it out the garage door this last November. You can learn more about this unique project, affectionately dubbed the “Gruppe B RS Turbo 16v”, and about my journey to achieve it by CLICKING HERE.


I am happy to announce that the Shrine’s popularity has tripled compared to 2016! Here’s once again some fun stats on the least and most popular driver and car based on visitor analytics!


Bruno Saby

For the second year in a row, Bruno Saby is the least popular driver of the Group B era. Quite unfairly in my humble opinion for the 1986 Tour de Corse winner! Albeit it was in that particular event that Henri Toivonen and Sergio Cresto lost their lives and forever changed rallying history.


Michèle Mouton

Once more, the black volcano wins the title of Group B’s most popular driver. It is of no surprise that the first lady of rallying continues to draw the attention of rally fans everywhere. No other woman has come closer to winning the WRC driver’s title than Michèle Mouton in 1982 (a mere 12 points behind Walter Rörhl). Group B was definitely not just for men!


FSO Polonez 2000 Rally

No apparent love for the boxy Polish rally car. The Polonez 2000 Rally was after all but a Group 4 carryover that was merely updated to Group B regulations in 1984 with use of polycarbonate panels.

MOST POPULAR CAR (9,293 views)

Toyota MR2 “222D” – Group S Prototype

Last year’s winner, the Audi Gruppe S proto, was edged out by Toyota’s fearsome MR2 “222D” black prototype. This was most likely due to the greater exposure of the car on other car culture websites. The fans would then flock to the Shrine to get the most complete information about the car. As always, the Group S prototypes never fail to stir up excitement of what they could have become.


Audi Sport quattro S1 E2

Once more, the very same Audi Sport quattro S1 E2 image is the most downloaded wallpaper. In fact, the car occupies the first three spots of all downloads. This truly confirms the S1 E2 as the poster child of Group B.


It was very close this time, with the USA edging out last year’s leader, the UK, by about a thousand views. It is comforting in a way that knowledge about Group B is spreading from its fan base in Europe.


In the last year, I have been busy searching for opportunities to help finance the yearly hosting fees of the website. Unlike what you may think, most “advertisements” shown in the website’s right sidebar (on PC) are free courtesies to the related parties since my main goal is to spread knowledge about the Group B era and nothing else. However, the unfortunate plagiarism of my website’s articles have led to the implementation of copy protection features which have sadly tripled the yearly hosting fees.

I never intended for the Shrine to run cookie-based ads but I found myself with little choice than to run them to help cover part of the new fees (about 25%). I apologise if they are an annoyance but I feel like I shouldn’t be paying out of my own pocket to bring my knowledge of Group B to the world. After all, I am just a regular person with my own family to take care of.

Earlier in the year, I signed up the website to be part of the Book Affiliates programs to gain commissions on the books that I am promoting. You can find the Shrine’s “Group B book store” in the main menu. Clicking on an item redirects to the appropriate Affiliates website. Any purchases you make with these links will help support the Shrine and my unending work.

I am also proud to announce a partnership with Duke Marketing Ltd by providing an extensive list of their Group B related DVDs in the “Duke Video Store“, albeit I I do not earn commissions from these sales. However, supporting the partners helps the Shrine in itself.

That being said, I wish to thank every person that purchased books while first coming through my website. Most sales may have been unrelated to Group B but the commissions have helped fund about 25% of the yearly hosting fees!

I also wish to thank the very few people who gave basic $1 donations in the past year. It has not been much but the gesture was greatly appreciated nonetheless!

I know that 99% of you feel entitled to information on the internet but if you really enjoy this website then I encourage you to make a small personal donation. Current advertisement and commission revenue only covers about 50% of the yearly hosting fees. The rest is up to good Samaritans, like you. Donations will greatly help show your support for my work! (PayPal links below)

Jay Auger
Rally Group B Shrine owner & author


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– Rally Group B Shrine Now on Facebook


After receiving a few requests asking me to promote the website on social media, I had a Facebook page (click) created for such a purpose. Please note that no articles or posts will be published directly on that Facebook page. For now, its monitoring will be delegated. In the future, I might have more time to spend on that venture and may have the website news or other site functions linked over there.

Truth be told, I am not a social media aficionado but if it can help spread the word about my work and knowledge then all the better. However, I may need your support to “spread the word”. I am certain that you (younger) fellows will know what to do better than I! I reckon that for starters you can “like” the page…

– Audi quattro Group S Proto: Official Specs Released to the Shrine by Audi Tradition

The Shrine is proud to announce that, months after a request from this website’s owner (yours truly), Audi Tradition has graciously taken measurements and released the official specifications for their 1986 quattro Grüppe S Prototype.

Once again, the car is getting much attention after being displayed at the 2016 Eifel Rallye Festival and more recently at the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Audi Sport quattro Gruppe S proto @ 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed

This release brings an end to major speculations about the car. Audi officially tells that two prototypes were made, which corroborates the previous statement of Roland Gumpert, albeit “IN-YV 71” seems to be the only one remaining. The 2.1L 20v turbocharged 5 cylinder is officially rated at 700 BHP (515 kW). Most amazingly, the top speed is estimated at 300 kmh (186 mph). All of which are befitting of the car’s Group C-esque appearance.

To review the car’s complete story and specifications: CLICK HERE!

–Jay Auger

Special Thanks to:

  • Bill Munro (GFoS picture)

– Notice to All Writers & Bloggers (PLEASE READ THIS)


It has very recently come to my attention (thank you Jim, you are a good friend) that some writers / bloggers on a very popular automotive website have been plagiarising (for months) articles from my Rally Group B Shrine website to help them publish their own articles about Group B & S cars. PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU CANNOT DUPLICATE MY ARTICLES (or parts thereof) WITHOUT MY PERMISSION! That copyright warning was always and is clearly posted.

One such person (blogger) in particular has been plagiarising good chunks of about a dozen my articles (sometimes even in their entirety) via copy/paste of text and claiming them as his own writing, and as you may have guessed all without any attribution or citing this website as his source. I am not here to harm the reputation of that person (you clearly know who you are) and as proof of that I shall refer to him as “Mr. X”.

Firstly, Mr . X, surely you must know that taking a book to the copy machine and claiming the copies as your own property is illegal, right? That is called “copyright infringement”. Let me introduce you to the fact that you are NOT freely entitled to everything that is accessible on the internet. Little known fact is that you actually do not need a copyright sign or mention for your content to be protected.

However, most websites who feel strongly opposed to their content being copied will display such warnings. Did you notice them plastered all over this website, including in the articles themselves? Sure you did, but you ignored them nonetheless (why?). Furthermore, this website has nice LEGAL NOTICES for you to read, which, as a “wannabe” journalist, should be one of your first steps when stepping into a website in search of content.

Secondly, another little known fact is that most informative websites will allow some sort of copying of text as long as proper attribution is made. This means clearly mentioning where you took the material from and giving an hyperlink back to it. Most of the time, this will protect you from copyright infringement (which is basically what you failed to do by stealing my text without attribution or asking permission, by the way). However, the best way to avoid this is to simply use the contact forms and simply ask! You’d be surprised at how friendly people can be when the proper procedure is followed.

A perfect example of this can be found in my MG Metro 6R4 (click) page. I had written a quick excerpt when first launching the Shrine but had trouble finding the time to research the car’s history further (it deserved better), so I turned to and kindly asked them if I could use their history page in exchange for clear attribution and a link back to their website. Guess what? They agreed and I even made a friend in the process! To thank him (thanks again, Nicky!), I have given a free lifetime advertisement spot in my community website links.

As further proof of how things are truly done in the automotive press, early this year I was contacted by an editor at Pacenotes Rally Magazine: they were making a Ford Escort special edition and wanted to use my article about the RS1700T in their magazine (full story HERE). Did they steal it without asking? They certainly could have, and I probably would never have known about it, but they didn’t. As professionals, they knew better. They even ended up supporting me by advertising on the website! (thank you, Jonathan)

Let me go further with an hypothesis: let’s suppose that you had stolen my Ford RS1700T article earlier this year? Pacenotes Rally Magazine might have found the article on your blog instead of my website! From what I know of your character so far I have reasons to believe that you would have sold it in your name without even flinching. Do you realise the problem here? In contrast, if attribution is clearly made, the real author will be getting the credit that he or she fully deserves!

Requests for material from my website have also given me the great opportunity to get in touch with Bill Munro, author of the upcoming book “Traction for Sale” (about FFD’s history). We started cooperating on a common goal of seeking further knowledge. This has led me to make awesome discoveries about little known Group B prototypes which in turn has also helped Bill get extra material for his book.

Another perfect example of proper internet etiquette can be found in my Audi quattro Group S prototype page. Notice how clearly it is shown that I used outside material for that page? I contacted MotorSport Magazine (the publisher of the John McIlroy article) and kindly asked them permission to use it in exchange for the usual source and back-link. Again, guess what?  Mr. Cruickshank, their chief editor, kindly agreed to it. Furthermore, it gave me access to a business relationship which has helped my website gain even more content for fans of Group B to enjoy! The back-link gives them more “foot traffic” and potential subscribers. That’s why attribution makes it fair!

Does me asking permission detract from the pertinence of my intentions to provide the best information possible about the car? It doesn’t. Does it make me less of a “good author” because I didn’t write it myself? It doesn’t. People in the press share information all the time! Simple ego check, and it sure complemented my own article very well! Mr. X, by not checking your ego that particular time, you stole not only my material but that of MotorSport Magazine when you copied their article from my website. Oh and surprise, you edited out the copyright and sources parts that you didn’t want!

If you didn’t know, editing stuff out and adding some personal comments here and there does NOT make it your own article nor does it give you the right to forego copyright laws or proper etiquette. A review/critique is normally allowed under copyright laws but it demands that you clearly identify the original work and where you got it from. To me, it is blatantly evident the difference of what you steal via copy/paste and what you actually write yourself. How are your readers fooled by this lack of grammar inconsistency, I am not sure!

For your information, an article MUST be extensively modified from its original form to “make it your own”. This means that you can use the knowledge that you amassed by reading other people’s work but you MUST write it back with YOUR OWN WORDS. That is legal in the eyes of the law. It’s what some of your fellow bloggers did with a few of their Group B / S articles even if they sourced the knowledge mostly on my website.

How do I know this? I always use “secret markers” in my articles: a unique turn of phrase or term that only I could come up with in a particular description. These “markers” makes it easy for me to identify who has possibly taken my content, and they are found in multiple other blogger articles. However, upon review, their articles didn’t have any copy / paste of my text but did use my marker in a description of the car. Nonetheless, they had the decency, courage, and professionalism to write their own complete article, all the while re-transmitting the knowledge they had gained by reading my work but in their own unique way. And that is… OK!

After all, how do you think I know so much about Group B? Sure, I had a lot of inherent knowledge through experience, but I’ve read a lot of books about the topic over the past 30 years to help me learn more: it’s a real passion of mine. However, I’ve never straight up copied text from those books into my articles. I know better or otherwise it would be a huge insult to the authors who worked very hard to produce good books. I am simply redistributing the knowledge I have gained from them in my own unique way. And that is how it should be done!

That being said, I am not perfect. I, too, once had a scrape with copyright infringement not that long ago! I was unknowingly hosting copyrighted pictures of McKlein Publishing: the amazing archive of the tireless work of world renowned motorsport photographer, Reinhard Klein. You can fully read about it HERE (click). My strong personal ethics made me take an afternoon off work to “make it right”, and upon intense research of their archive I removed all of their copyrighted pictures from the website. I did that even though the Klein family said they wouldn’t take action against me even if I didn’t! Guess how my good actions rewarded me? Permission to access great HD pictures from the Eifel Rallye Festival, which is run by the Kleins.

That in turn brought even greater things: a friendly relationship with the Kleins, which also brought me into communication with some of Group B’s great names such as John Davenport, John Wheeler, and Ari Vatanen. It is an honour for me to now have my hard work acknowledged by such people. This is what having good ethics and good principles rewards you with. In return for their kindness, I am helping in promoting their Group B related events, books, and all sorts of things. I am doing this free of charge and on my own limb. After all, keeping the history and the spirit of Group B alive is why I started this website. All of my acknowledgements can be found in my “About Me” page.

Mister X (if you were able to keep your ego in check until now and are still reading), are you beginning to understand why what you did has hurt me so much? How could you accept all the praise that your readers gave you while knowing fully well that you had stolen most of your article texts from me, all of it without batting an eye? That last part is what really made me sick. It’s the great modern evil: the ego-feeding monster that plagues today’s youth in social networking. Life is not just about getting “likes” and praise from names on a screen that you will never meet in real life.

You had the opportunity to realise your wrongdoings when confronted but instead first responded by saying that you praise me for my work (ironically, thank you for trusting my website as a the source of information for Group B), secondly admitting that you stole from me anyway, and finishing by saying that your “morals” are still intact. How sad.

That’s most likely your ego acting up, and forgive me for being blunt, but you are evidently irresponsible and your foolish pride and sense of entitlement is blinding your judgement. If you have any sense of decency, and truly wish to work towards becoming an automotive journalist, you must change your ways and you must do it quick. Admitting wrong, while it can be very difficult for the ego, is ultimately the better choice. In that respect I truly hope that you will do the right thing.

That being said, Mr. X, I would kindly ask of you to come clean to all of your followers on your blog and state in an honest, good-hearted post, what you did (not just to me but to other authors you most likely stole from). Then you should proceed to give fair attribution to the real authors in every article of your feed. I know that sounds really hard to do but you really shouldn’t fear about “losing respect” from your readers. In fact, you will be surprised that the contrary will most likely happen and you will gain an insane amount of support for coming clean. Ultimately, you will indeed learn more from this than if you continue in denial, and it will help you achieve your goals in life.

Remember that the lesson here is not that learning through other people’s work is bad, quite the contrary, it is actually that stealing and taking credit from them is wrong. With enough time, effort, and knowledge, you will become a good writer on your own. In fact, you show some promise with the addition of the extra info of which you put in. Start practising writing your own full articles. Critics be damned if at first they don’t like your writing style! Cheating by stealing is not the answer to those critics. You will beat them by learning through your errors and you will be proud of what you have done: of what you have correctly done! When that day comes, you will have my respect. Meanwhile, I guess Jim will be watching your progress, and so will I.

UPDATE: “Mr. X” has been strongly reprimanded by his blog’s host and most of the stolen articles taken from my website were deleted. However, Mr. X has yet to have the decency to apologise to me or to fully come clean to his readers. I have since taken some extra steps at protecting my content, again sadly at my own cost… this has more than doubled my yearly hosting fees. I will however sleep more soundly, and that in itself is worth the investment!

Jay Auger
website owner & author

– ADAC Eifel Rallye Festival 2017: Ford RS200 Twins, Rare Species & World Debuts (Toyota 222D to Participate in Rally Parade Stages)

ADAC Eifel Rallye Festival (July 20-22 2017)
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ADAC Eifel Rallye Festival 2017 – Ford Twins, Rare Species & World Debuts

In 2016, Audi Tradition was responsible for a true world premiere at the ADAC Eifel Rallye Festival held in Daun and the surrounding Vulkaneifel region. Thirty years after it was built, Audi’s Group S prototype was driven publicly for the very first time and at its wheel was none other than Walter Röhrl. It took part in the so-called “Festival Parade” that tackles only two of the total of eight stages of the demonstration event.

Festival Parade: Toyota debut & Ford twins

Now, Toyota is following suit with a double debut. Firstly, one of the Toyota Group S prototypes based on the MR-2 and called the 222D will take part in this year’s Festival Parade. For chassis 8, owned by Ernst Kopp, it will be the very first rally participation. So far, the mid-engined “Black Beast” was only tested privately by Björn Waldegård in 1986 and later seen on static display.

It will be joined by a completely unknown Toyota that has not even been seen in public. In the 1990s, Toyota Team Europe built two prototypes called “Ideal Successor” or “IS” to follow in the footsteps of the Group A Celicas. The IS-1 was based on the Celica ST185 and will be on static display in the Rally Mile. But IS-2, that was based on the Corolla, will make its maiden trip in front of the public with its owner John Day at the wheel.

It does not stop there as the Festival Parade has even more highlights to offer. Stig Blomqvist and Kalle Grundel will both be reunited with their original Ford RS200 “twins” from the 1986 RAC Rally. Safari Rally legend Mike Kirkland will, like in 2015, take the wheel of “his” Nissan 240RS from the 1983 Safari. Matthieu Tak will bring an Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo Evoluzione IMSA which is a hybrid between a race and a rally car from the 1989 Giro d’Italia. And Brian Betteridge will take part in his Ford Escort RS1700T to show how Group B might have looked like if Ford had homologated this prototype.

It is exactly this kind of machinery for which the Festival Parade was created in 2015. It is the home for cars which are either too fragile or too valuable for a full weekend of rallying over more than 100 kms of stages – or perhaps they cannot get approval to be driven on the open road. Thanks to the Parade, they can tackle two stages, the SS “ProWin Hilgerath” on Friday night and the “Kelberger Land” on Saturday.

“As you can see, we will have a great and extremely varied entry in this year’s Eifel Rallye Festival which will get even more diverse thanks to our theme ‘Six Decades of Rallying’. I am sure that everyone will find his favourite rally car in Daun”, says chief organiser Otmar Anschütz. The full entry list of the demonstration event will be revealed on July 1st, 2017.

Festival Exhibition: Safari winners, Pikes Peak monsters and more

In 1972, Hannu Mikkola and Gunnar Palm became the first rally crew from outside East Africa to win the Safari Rally. Their car, a Ford Escort RS1600, has been conserved in such a genuine condition that it was recently granted a Concours d’Elegance prize at the famous Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. Even the engine seal from the 1972 Safari scrutineering is still intact. Considering this level of originality, it is a great honour that owner Claude Nahum will be sending this car to Daun and only logical that it does not tackle the demonstration stages. While the Safari-winning car can rest on its laurels, its former crew will take the wheel of another Escort RS1600 works car – the one that was driven by the late Timo Mäkinen at the 1972 RAC Rally that is also from Nahum’s collection.

But the Safari-winning Escort is not the only precious exhibit in Daun. Christoph Schild will put on display the original twin-engined VW Golf from the 1986 Race to the Clouds at Pikes Peak. Two further exhibits coming from Hyundai are a Hyundai Accent WRC and a Coupé Kit Car, the car which was vice-champion in the F2 World Rally Championship of 1999.

Ride of a lifetime: Win a co-drive with Hyundai drivers Neuville and Schwarz

Rally fans visiting the Eifel Rallye Festival have no less than two chances to win a “Ride of their Lifetime” on the shakedown stage during Thursday, July 20th. In cooperation with Hyundai, the organisers will offer one co-drive with Thierry Neuville in the Hyundai i20 WRC and one with Armin Schwarz in a 2003 Hyundai Accent WRC.

“We wanted to give the ordinary rally fan a fair chance to win the co-drive, thus we decided to raffle both rides” says Festival Manager Tim Becker. “For only €5.0, everyone has the chance to win the co-drive alongside Thierry Neuville. Of course, anyone can buy more than one ticket to increase his or her chances.” The amount raised by the raffle will be donated to a local organisation aimed at helping young people in the region and called “Verein zur Förderung der Jugendarbeit im Landkreis Vulkaneifel. e.V.” All details of the raffle can be found here:

The chance for a co-drive with Armin Schwarz is completely free of charge. The ride with the 1996 European Rally Champion in his original Hyundai Accent from the 2003 Monte Carlo Rally will be raffled on the event’s official Facebook page Both raffles will end on June 30th at 23:59 hrs.

Order now: pre-sale for tickets and programmes still running

Up until July 7th, spectators who are keen to visit the Eifel Rallye Festival can obtain their tickets and programmes from the official online shop no matter in what European country they are living. While visiting the ‘Rally Mile’ in the heart of Daun is free of charge, there are various admission tickets needed for those who would like to see the action on the special stages. The range offered goes from one-day tickets right up to full weekend tickets.
The pre-sale of tickets and programmes is open until July 07, 2017 from

Important information for all media representatives:
Accreditation for the 2017 Eifel Rallye Festival is now open. More information can be found here:

Eifel Rallye Festival – Time Table

Thursday, 20.07.2017
15:00 – 19:00 hrs Shakedown at the ‘Mantaloch’ in Brück
from 20:30 hrs Welcome Evening in the Rally Mile, Open Air Cinema with film-maker Helmut Deimel

Friday, 21.07.2017
From 08:00 hrs Scrutineering in the Rally Mile
11:00 – 12:00 hrs Autograph Session with the VIP drivers
From 14:20 hrs Hyundai Super Stage with jump, water splash and gravel action
From 19.30 hrs prowin Spectator Stage in Sarmersbach at night Including the ‘Festival Parade’

Saturday, 22.07.2017
08:30 – 17:00 hrs Tarmac Stages in the Vulkaneifel region, inbetween Rally Mile in Daun with various attractions
From 19:00 hrs Rally Party & Prize Giving

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– All Group B Homologation Papers Now Available!

I am pleased to announce that the FIA has released most homologation papers for public review thanks to the recent popularity of the historic classes and its introduction of the 2017 “Appendix K” regulations.

You can easily find those related to Group B in the HOMOLOGATION LIST of the shrine or in each vehicle’s spec sheet. Simply click on the homologation # to view the PDF file or be redirected to related page in the FIA Historical Database.

This should greatly help those in need of more technical information about the cars!

– ADAC Eifel Rallye Festival 2017 presents: Six Decades of Rallying

ADAC Eifel Rallye Festival (July 20-22 2017)
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ADAC Eifel Rallye Festival 2017 presents: Six Decades of Rallying

The organisers of the Eifel Rallye Festival, a unique demonstration event for historic rally cars that will be held between July 20th & 22nd, have announced the theme of their 2017 edition. It will celebrate ‘Six Decades of Rallying’ with cars and drivers representing all decades from the 1960s right up until today. This journey in time will begin with a Mercedes 300 SE fintail (Acropolis 1963), a Ford Falcon (Monte Carlo 1964) and a Wartburg 312 (Acropolis 1966) and, passing through the intervening decades, will end with a modern Hyundai i20 WRC driven by Thierry Neuville. Of course, the Festival will, in completing the journey, also feature cars from all the other categories such as Group 4, Group B, Group A and early two-litre WRC cars.

Apart from the cars coming from six decades, the Festival will also welcome their crews. Gunnar Palm, who has just turned eighty already won the 1963 Monte Carlo as co-driver to Erik Carlsson, and will represent the 1960s while he could also have a hand in the 1970s when he won the London-Mexico and East African Safari with Hannu Mikkola. Mikkola himself might lay claim to the 1980s as he was World Rally Champion with Audi in 1983, but he made his name in the 1970s by winning events as diverse as the London-Mexico, the East African Safari, the 1000 Lakes and the RAC Rally. While Mikkola represents the 1970s, it was the 1980s when Kalle Grundel became German Rally Champion in 1985 in a Peugeot 205 T16 and then a WRC works driver with Ford in an RS200. The 1990s were the heyday of Armin Schwarz’s career who drove for Toyota winning the WRC Catalunya Rally in 1991 and being crowned European Rally Champion in 1996. The first decade of the twenty-first century is represented by Matthias Kahle who won five of his seven German Championship titles in this time-frame driving for Skoda most of the time. And today’s rally scene is, of course, represented by current vice World Champion Thierry Neuville.

Apart from those six drivers, the Eifel Rallye Festival will also have one very special person present who won rallies in all of those six decades. Stig Blomqvist started his amazing winning streak in the 1960s in local rallies in Sweden. He then won the Swedish Rally seven times between 1971 and 1984, the same year that he was crowned World Rally Champion, and was victorious most recently on the 2015 East African Safari Classic Rally.

“The ‘Six Decades of Rallying’ will not only come alive on the rally stages since it will also be the theme for the ‘Welcome Evening’ on Thursday night”, says Chief Organiser, Otmar Anschütz. “Our VIP drivers representing the six decades will share their stories from their time in rallying.” All this will be illustrated with short video clips made by well-known Austrian film-maker Helmut Deimel. The Rally Mile in Daun will certainly be bustling with drivers and spectators on Thursday night especially since the entry list is nearly full already. “We have already received more than 120 entries of our maximum of 140 and when you look at the entries, you can see that the Eifel Rallye Festival is becoming more and more international”, says Reinhard Klein the man in charge of the Slowly Sideways group.

This large field of historic cars will be led round by Thierry Neuville in his Hyundai i20 WRC zero-car. This will not be his first visit to Daun for the 28-year-old Belgian who was born in St. Vith – just an hour’s drive away from Daun. “I have visited the Festival a couple of times especially when my friends were driving there. It has a great atmosphere, nice stages and good spectator areas.” To see the precious historic cars and their drivers in action makes Neuville smile: “Probably not all the drivers are the best in the world but this gives you more time to see the cars in action.” The current vice World Champion is especially fond of the Group B cars. “I would like to try them once to see how the handling is compared to our WRC cars of today.”

For his first outing as a driver in the Eifel Rallye Festival, Neuville promises that: “I am coming to make a good show.” The Belgian will host some guest co-drivers during the Shakedown on Thursday and try to make his Hyundai i20 WRC fly on the Hyundai Super Stage on Friday afternoon. His last stage will be the Prowin Spectator Stage on Friday night before Neuville will have to leave the event thanks to other commitments.

Order now: pre-sale for tickets and programmes has started
Spectators who are keen to visit the Eifel Rallye Festival can obtain their tickets and programmes from the official online shop no matter in what European country they are living. While visiting the ‘Rally Mile’ in the heart of Daun is free of charge, there are various admission tickets needed for those who like to see the action on the special stages. The range offered goes from one-day tickets right up to full weekend tickets.

The pre-sale of tickets and programmes is open until July 07, 2017 from

Eifel Rallye Festival – Time Table

Thursday, 20.07.2017
15:00 – 19:00 hrs Shakedown at the ‘Mantaloch’ in Brück
from 20:30 hrs Welcome Evening in the Rally Mile, Open Air Cinema with film-maker Helmut Deimel

Friday, 21.07.2017
From 08:00 hrs Scrutineering in the Rally Mile
11:00 – 12:00 hrs Autograph Session with the VIP drivers
From 14:20 hrs Hyundai Super Stage with jump, water splash and gravel action
From 19.30 hrs prowin Spectator Stage in Sarmersbach at night Including the ‘Festival Parade’

Saturday, 22.07.2017
08:30 – 17:00 hrs Tarmac Stages in the Vulkaneifel region, inbetween Rally Mile in Daun with various attractions
From 19:00 hrs Rally Party & Prize Giving

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– Limitations to the Shrine’s Visual Library


Some of you are maybe asking yourselves why isn’t there more period correct pictures on this website? The reason is very simple: copyright… and my willingness to respect it.

When starting the Rally Group B Shrine project 3 years ago (the first two years were on my personal blog), I, as are most of you, felt placidly entitled to media (images, videos, etc) that was publicly accessible from the internet. As such, I used a lot of pictures (from image searches) that I fully ignored had been already stolen and unlawfully copied from the copyright owner. One such amazing visual database is the property of the McKlein Publishing company, made famous by the amazing work of Reinhard Klein.

I recently came into contact with the Klein family after purchasing more Group B related books from their publishing house. I was proud to share the work I had done on this website by proposing some sort of cooperation. However this was soon thwarted since I had been unknowingly featuring some of their copyrighted pictures in the website. I already fully respected claims to copyright (and willingly shared sources for attribution as fully explained in the website’s disclaimer) so I offered many options to “make it right”. Even if the Kleins were not happy of the situation I was told that they didn’t plan retribution against fan sites (such as this one) and to “forget it”.

However, this caused a conflict in my own personal ethics as I too do not like when I stumble upon my work elsewhere on the internet (which is mostly always blatantly lacking proper attribution). Furthermore, the Shrine is becoming VERY popular hence making the chance that the McKlein library be unlawfully spread on the internet an exponential problem. As such, I have undertaken 100% voluntarily the time consuming task of hunting down every picture from the McKlein Publishing house that was featured in the website, even if that meant losing much of the period correct pictures and vastly diminishing the quality of the Shrine’s visual library. It took much concentration and hours of research but the work is done!

However, all is well since I received good word from the Kleins that I will be allowed to display their Eifel Rallye Festival image database that features modern high resolution pictures of Group B & S cars. Look for these images to be implemented in the website as I continue the 2017’s full article revamps! Again, I wish to extend my apologies and thanks to the Klein family.

That being said, please be conscious and respect other people’s work: do not copy or redistribute any kind of information or media without first asking permission! P.S.: No watermark or copyright sign on a picture or text doesn’t mean it is not copyrighted!

– 2016 Shrine Retrospective


(fun website stats after)

In early 2016, I honestly didn’t know what to expect when transferring the Rally Group B Shrine from my personal blog to this dedicated website. After all, I wasn’t able to find another Group B specific website as complete than my creation, which is the fruit of hundreds of hours of personal research, so I had no way to compare. In February, after the transfer was complete, the search engine crawls of the newly launched website were very slow. I did my best to help the shrine appear higher in search engines in hopes to one day appear in the first page of Group B searches. Progress was slow but yet promising since the shrine was gaining an additional 500 visitors per subsequent month. Then it settled a bit… Would the shrine be stuck in the mud below lesser incomplete websites about Group B?

Unexpectedly, the 2016 edition of the Eifel Rally Festival, which was also a special event to honor the 30th year of the ultimate Group B year (1986), happened to feature a surprise car that most people had never seen or heard of before:

2016 Eifel Rallye Festival copyright: McKleincopyright free for media use
Audi Sport quattro “Gruppe S”

The Audi Sport’s Gruppe S Prototype. Thankfully, I had heard of it before that event, and the car already had a full page dedicated to it, thus making people who were searching to learn more about this car eventually land on the shrine. The website’s progression hasn’t stopped since: now attracting about 4000 visitors per month and still growing. While that number may seem low to some people, it must be noted that the shrine is not promoted anywhere else on social media. Furthermore, Group B only targets a specific audience of nostalgic rally fans or new ones simply curious about the era.

When I consider how much work as already been done to the shrine, I often wonder how I was able to find the time to do it! Currently, this is totally pro bono for me as well, which is rarer these days as everyone wants to get something out of everything. That being said, I wish to thank the few information contributors that I’ve had the pleasure to learn more from over the past year. Also, I wish to thank the 3 people (out of the 23,403 visitors) that found in their heart to contribute a single dollar (to which PayPal took 34% in fees) to help me continue my efforts!

As you know, the shrine is only at a fraction of the vision I have for it. I am close to finding decent partners to further help me down that road. You can expect the shrine to keep expanding and improving in 2017! Hopefully, it will gain respect as a valid source of information about Group B, which for me is all the reward I’d ever want.

Thank you for your trust!

Jay Auger

Website owner & author

2016 / Rally Group B Shrine Fun Facts!

Here’s the least and most popular drivers and cars on the website for this past year based on visitor analytics!


How can the 1986 Tour de Corse winner and 1981 French Rally champion be the least popular? Who knows! You can change that for 2017 by learning more about his Group B career HERE!


Was Group B really only “For Men”? Juha, I’m looking at you! In any case, this fast and furious lady almost won Group B’s inaugural drivers championship (1982), being only edged out by Walter Röhrl himself. In any case, Michèle, you’re the shrine’s 2016 winner!

LEAST POPULAR CAR (RX cars excluded / 256 views):


Ironic that the very car which gave Talbot the last Group 4 WRC manufacturer championship in 1981 would be the least popular. Although admittedly the car was simply a carryover in Group B and was soon forgotten…

MOST POPULAR CAR (3,239 views):


This result is most likely directly linked with its first public appearance ever at the 2016 Eifel Rally Festival. Hopefully, Audi will let it out again in the future.

In its history, this car had everything going against it from the very start but at the same time it would have been the most fearsome contender to lay siege to the original draft of Group S, if it had ever happened.

Since this shrine is first and foremost a Group B website, it wouldn’t feel right to at least acknowledge the most popular actual Group B car of 2016 (2,124 views / 147 wallpaper downloads):

Jubilaeumsmagazin Motorsport

Is it really surprising that it is also the car with the most downloaded pictures? For most people, the S1 E2 is THE car that is synonymous with Group B. It is quite the achievement if you consider that it only participated in 6 WRC rallies before Audi pulled out after the incidents at the 1986 Portugal rally. While the car turned out not to be the most successful, that matters little compared to how it was able to strike at and stimulate the imagination of the fans; its wild aerodynamic aids was the stuff of dreams, its high flights and twitchy handling the stuff of nightmares, and…. did I forget something? Ah yes, its unmistakable sound the maestro of symphonies which has never seen an equal since.

People remember it for being the most spectacular fire-spitting Group B car to watch and hear; its engine was the most powerful and the driving style needed to make fast times was always on the edge. All of which can’t be much debated no matter if the S1 E2 is your favorite rally car or not! I highly doubt that the Audi Sport quattro S1 E2 will ever be dethroned from its quintessential Group B car pedestal…


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I was a bit surprised but then again not when you consider that them jolly good blokes are the most fanatic fans of just about everything, including Group B. Hopefully, you lads don’t mind me using American English when writing in my website! However, I promise to be using both styles in my page revisions. Prepare to see more bonnets on top of hoods and more wings on the fenders instead of on the spoilers!

That being said, I wish a happy 2017 to every Group B fans out there, and don’t forget to attend retro/legend rally events!