|ADAC Eifel Rallye Festival (July 19-21 2018)
Press release 03
ADAC Eifel Rallye Festival 2018 –
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 short 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, Season 3 – Episode 3 “Loosing Control”, featured a Group B snippet made of historical footage as to show the dangers of Group B and its cult status amongst fans. This was made possible by the going through the Shrine and its vast contacts. You’re welcome, Mr. Jaglin!
On a sadder note, in June, I found out that some bloggers, one in particular from Singapore, had been plagiarising the Shrine’s work and getting high praise for our 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.
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 “RS-B 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)
|ADAC Eifel Rallye Festival (July 20-22 2017)
Press release 06
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: www.mitfahrt.eifel-rallye-festival.de
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 www.facebook.com/EifelRallyeFestival2017. 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.
Important information for all media representatives:
Eifel Rallye Festival – Time Table
More information on: www.eifel-rallye-festival.de
Use our hashtag: #EifelRallyeFestival
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 (July 20-22 2017)
Press release 04
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
The pre-sale of tickets and programmes is open until July 07, 2017 from http://www.eifel-rallye-festival.de/en/rallye-shop.html.
Eifel Rallye Festival – Time Table
More information on: www.eifel-rallye-festival.de
Use our hashtag: #EifelRallyeFestival
MESSAGE FROM THE WEBSITE OWNER
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 the Shrine’s willingness to respect it.
When starting the Rally Group B Shrine project three 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 motorsports photographer and author, 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 or the Rally Group B Shrine, and to simply “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!
A WORD FROM THE WEBSITE OWNER
(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.
Unexpectedly, the 2016 edition of the Eifel Rallye Festival, which was also a special event to honour 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:
The Audi Sport’s Gruppe S Prototype. Unbeknown to most, the Shrine already had a full page dedicated to it, thus making people who were searching to learn more about this car eventually land here. The website’s progression hasn’t stopped since: now attracting about 4000 visitors per month and still growing exponentially. 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 sadly 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!
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!
LEAST POPULAR DRIVER (41 views):
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!
MOST POPULAR DRIVER (282 views):
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):
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…
COUNTRY WITH THE MOST VISITORS (8,650 views):
- United Kingdom
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!