The Rally Group B Shrine’s article about the Peugeot 205 T16 Active Systems Special Projects by Lotus / GM (abridged / edited) is proudly featured in the June 2018 issue of Motor Sport Magazine. It is an honour to having contributed to such a legendary publication. Be sure to grab your copy!
The Shrine has recently expanded and, due to time and scheduling constraints, is looking at acquiring the aid of a passionate, honest, and well-connected person who is fluent in English to keep us informed of any Group B-related news or events, plus taking charge of forum and Facebook moderation, and possible future social media expansion. The position is currently on a volunteering basis and can be done in your free time.
Badly written or incomplete applications will be ignored. Your acceptance is not guaranteed and will be pending a review / discussion process amongst consideration of other applicants. Please allow up to 72 hours for a reply.
The Rally Group B Shrine is proud to announce the creation of a built-in FORUM to allow fans of rallying’s Golden Era to discuss topics and share opinions or stories. Feel free to create your own Group B topic!
All members must abide to the FORUM RULES.
|ADAC Eifel Rallye Festival (July 19-21 2018)
Press release 03
ADAC Eifel Rallye Festival 2018 –
2018 FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN – IMPORTANT!
The Shrine is NOT a commercial operation hence it must rely on advertising and personal donations to help pay the yearly website hosting fees and its operations. If you enjoy the website then I invite you to donate so that it can remain online, free to all. No amount will be too small. Your help will fund the Shrine’s interminable work; past, present, and future, plus giving the people who were behind Group B’s history a proper legacy.
Please support the Shrine via the PayPal donation system.
ALTERNATIVES TO THE FUNDING CAMPAIGN
While donations are preferred, here are various ways in which you can also help;
- Purchase books from the Group B book store. The Shrine earns a small commission on each sale from the BookDepository.com.
- Purchase DVDs, Blu-Rays, or Downloads from the Group B Video Store. While no sale commissions are earned from DukeVideo.com, supporting them and other partners such as Pacenotes Rally Magazine and RS Motorsport will keep them advertising on the website!
- Purchase articles from the Shrine to complement your publishing needs such as for automotive magazines. Please use this CONTACT FORM to inquire.
- Browsing to the very bottom of every page will make more advertisements appear on your screen (you don’t even have to look at them or click them if you don’t want to). The Shrine earns a tiny amount of revenue for each ad displayed. This costs you only a second or two of your time!
- Sharing the Shrine’s existence through social media or word of mouth will increase all of the above! As always, please do not steal any material from the website, and do support your local historical rally organisations!
I wish to thank every person that supported the Shrine since its beginning, whatever the means. You can expect the work to continue on with the same level of dedication!
Rally Group B Shrine owner, editor, author
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It was quite surprising to see that two Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 Group B homologation road cars were put up at the January 2018 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction. What was even more surprising is that these cars were owned and consigned by General Motors. The second car was subsequently relisted in the March 2018 Motostalgia Amelia Island Auction.
This of course warranted some further investigation by the Rally Group B Shrine! The story behind those cars is quite amazing and interesting. A very brief summary is that they were special research and development cars given to Lotus to aid in GM’s development of active systems (including suspension) in the mid-1980’s. However, that is only the tip of the iceberg: PLEASE CLICK HERE TO READ THE SHRINE’S SPECIAL FEATURE!
MESSAGE FROM THE WEBSITE OWNER
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 new 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 entire website in the next months.
QUICK BROWSE CONTENT
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 for trusting the Shrine’s work to promote your amazing motorsport publication! Also, thanks for sticking around to advertise! It is an honour.
Soon afterwards, the Shrine 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 the article about the very little known Opel Manta B 400 4WD prototype. You can expect some of the 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 freely 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 in 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. You’re welcome, mister Jaglin!
On a sadder note, in June, I found out that some bloggers, one in particular, had been plagiarising the Shrine’s work and getting high praise for my articles on a very popular car culture website. The stolen articles were deleted by the blog’s host but it still left a sour taste. Full story HERE.
At the Shrine’s 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.
2017 FUN WEBSITE STATS
Thanks to some well executed SEO work and word of mouth, the Shrine’s popularity has tripled compared to 2016! Here’s once again some fun website stats on the least and most popular driver and car based on visitor analytics!
LEAST POPULAR DRIVER (100 views)
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.
MOST POPULAR DRIVER (919 views)
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!
LEAST POPULAR CAR (646 views)
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)
Last year’s winner, the Audi Gruppe S proto, was edged out by Toyota’s fearsome MR2 222D “black monster” prototype. This was most likely due to the greater exposure of the car on other car culture websites and social media. 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!
MOST POPULAR WALLPAPER (163 downloads)
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.
COUNTRY WITH THE MOST VISITORS (29,815 views)
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 outside of its fan base in Europe.
Come again next year for more stats and anecdotes!
MESSAGE FROM THE WEBSITE OWNER
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. Truth be told, I am not a social media aficionado but if it can help make the Shrine’s mission better known 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! Please note that no articles will ever be published directly on that Facebook page. For now, its monitoring will be delegated so please keep any contact request in this website. 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.
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.
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!
Special Thanks to:
- Bill Munro (GFoS picture)