CHRIS HARRIS MEETS HIS RALLY GROUP B HERO'SDate: 2018-11-07
This is an oldie but such a goodie as Chris Harris meets some of his Group B hero's in both flesh and metal.
Those of us old enough to remember watching rally races in the 80s, especially those insane Group B cars, will understand why Chris Harris accepted an invitation to an event where he couldn't actually drive anything.
To put it into perspective for those who don't know; Group B rally cars, such as the Audi Quattro S1, Ford RS200 and Lancia Delta S4, were not concerned with things like 'rules'. According to Wikipedia, "The Group B regulations fostered some of the fastest, most powerful, and most sophisticated rally cars ever built and is commonly referred to as the golden era of rallying. However, a series of major accidents, some of them fatal, were blamed on their outright speed and lack of crowd control at events."
These cars were simply astounding. With manufacturers only having to sell 200 units to the public for homologation, engineers went buck wild. Group B engines were restricted to 2142.8cc but there were no restrictions for the turbos or superchargers, in fact, the 4WD Lancia Delta S4 had both, which made these modified sports cars extremely, dangerously fast.
Needless to say, any fan would sell his wife for a chance to be driven in one of these legends, not to mention by a legend too.
Enter the drivers for the day, world rally champions, Markku Alen and Juha Kankkunen, and Italian rally driver, Paolo Andreucci. Guys who really know how to drive.
Take a look at the video below to see the best day Harris ever had from the passenger seat. Boy, it looks fun!