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Evolution of the Drifting Angle (Half a Century Sideways) – Click above to watch video after the jump

Helmut Deimel has been involved in the sport of rallying since the Seventies. During that time he has participated and interacted with some of the all-time greatest drivers to ever click into a racing harness. Deimel's involvment has also allowed him to cultivate a vast archive that spans 50 years of rallying history. He's put it all together into one amazing 90-minute video called Evolution of the Drifting Angle (Half a Century Sideways).

Black-and-white footage gives way to color just as rear-wheel-drive yields to all-wheel-drive. Deimel's film traces the history of a sport where drivers often find themselves driving through the side window. It's a rather long video to watch over the internet, but it's worth sitting through every second. You know you already wasted plenty of time on the Internet so click past the jump, let the video load and spend the next hour-and-a-half watching an excellent video showing the evolution of one of the most exciting forms of motorsports.

[Source: YouTube via ColdTrackDays]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Are there any women competing in any of the current rally classes?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Not in the top tier WRC class but there are a few in some of the feeder/development classes below the WRC. Burcu Cetenkaya and Molly Taylor are two young up and coming drivers that I can think of offhand.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can't wait to watch this.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just saw it.
      Too bad that era has finished, i miss those times.

      Delta campione mondo!
      • 4 Years Ago
      This film looks to have been produced a decade ago before the Sebastien Loeb dominance. Mitsubishi, Peugeot, and Subaru are all gone now. Toyota's F1 team has since folded and Ove Andersson is dead. Jean Todt is now head of the FIA, and the sport is trying to take some steps to reverse the damage that has been done by David Richards' cookie-cutter cloverleaf events.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, it was produced back in '01. The film is actually called "Die Evolution des Driftwinkels." He's got a few more rally related movies to his name.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Anyone else feel like the Audi Quattro was not given even attention? I mean he mentioned it, but I feel like its one of most important, if not the single most important, things to ever happen to rallying. He spent more time on the Lancia Stratos.
        • 4 Years Ago
        a little englishcentric,and lancia fulvia hf?Lancia wins 10(ten) world rally championship
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow. thanks thanks thanks.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Where can I buy this on blue ray??!!!!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Fantastic post! LOVE IT!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Erik Pa Taket! He's awesome.

      (Erik On The Roof)
      • 4 Years Ago
      This was really nice surprise to find a video like this on Autoblog. Watching it brought back a lot of memories of being at the special stages as a small kid during the golden days of rallying in the eighties.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Video is gone :((((
      • 4 Years Ago

      The Best.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well, after watching that, it makes the drifting, the x games, the cheezy advertorials with Tanner and PT on Speed all look just so - mediocre to fail at best compared to the effort it took to drive and compete at this level.

        Olympus 86. The end of a fantastic era.
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