• Dec 6th 2009 at 10:55AM
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The gorgeous insanity of Group B - Click above to watch the video

You know, there's a reason people talk about Group B racing – and the drivers who participated in it – in practically hushed tones. After all, we're currently in an era where motorsports news is just as likely to be about ever-more-restrictive regulatory efforts or the deranged hooker fantasies of the F1 illuminati as it is about, you know, racing. But during Group B's brief, crazy tenure, it was the regulations that fostered the lunacy, giving us unforgettable, insanely-powered cars and legendary drivers.

Of course, immense power and infinitesimal margins for error meant that the dangers were high -- for the drivers, obviously, but also for the spectators, who were, in their own ways, as bonkers as the factory pilots they idolized and flocked to see, forming masses of humanity that routinely spilled onto the circuits as the hyper-powered rally cars flew by. Eventually, those dangers led to tragedy, which, in turn, led to the abrupt end of the Group B era. But it's not easily forgotten, and every so often, someone posts a reminder why.

Follow the jump for eleven minutes of heaven, edited together (miraculously) without a lick of crappy, distracting music. The only soundtrack you'll hear is the one coming from Group B cars engineered to explore the limits, piloted by drivers who routinely (and expertly) exceeded them. It is, in a word, beautiful. Thanks to Danijel for the tip.

[Source: YouTube via MyCarVid]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Sorry guys. "Allow comments" box was accidentally unchecked. That's fixed. This vid is as good as my morning coffee.
        • 5 Years Ago
        What is this "Folgers" you speak of?

        Give this guy a try: http://www.roosroast.com

        You won't be disappointed.
        • 5 Years Ago
        *thoughtfully strokes chinbeard*
        • 5 Years Ago
        If that's the case, I'd really like to know what yer drinkin... Folger's "real coffee" just aint cuttin' it for me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Most. Awesome. Video. Ever.

      At. Least. So. Far. This. Week.

      Kicks the crap out of the idiotic nü metal barf helicopter video with the Gallardos.

      I especially liked the oncoming Lancia Delta's dust trail at 10:02. Something wicked fast this way comes.

      Please post more videos like this, and sh_t can the others.

      • 5 Years Ago
      nothing beats the visual / sound of the audi s2
      • 5 Years Ago
      little girl with snoopy toy, coo!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Awesome video - those Metro 6R4's were nuts 400-odd BHP and 0-60 in 3.2 secs I've wanted one for like, forever
      • 5 Years Ago
      Racing gets more sanitized as time goes on. Such a pity. The good news is full on lunacy still lives in the 2 wheeled world. So dry your eyes and tune in to action at places like the Isle of Man or the North West 200.
      • 5 Years Ago

      There is a shot of a Ferrari rally car in there! I never new Ferrari rallied!

      The Lancia's are astounding and of course, all hail the Quattro.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ferrari did build some B cars. Group B was two series, one for rally and the other race circuits. The rally events took off, the other didn't. Hard to tell which Ferrari that was.

        Interesting reading on the internets about it. Not much info though.

        Surprised to see the M1 make that 5 point turn. Must have been a privateer.
      • 5 Years Ago
      anybody else catch the part with the 1st gen rx7 at around 2 and half minutes? WOWZA!
      • 5 Years Ago
      god i love the sound of that audi 5cyl pure sex
      • 5 Years Ago
      Awesome. If I could time travel it would be back to that point in time. The Audi's look so fast. The atmosphere was electric and reminds me of when I used to watch Can Am racing at Mosport. No catch fence you could sit right behind the wall.
      • 5 Years Ago
      VIVA LANCIA. LANCIA=RALLY. No other!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Was that a 308 i saw at 2:45? Hmmm I'd like to see that thing do more.
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