It’s been announced that, quite incredibly, the Group B rally cars that were banned in the 80s for being “too fast” and “too dangerous” are going to make an astonishing come back. The icons from the 80s are set to return during the weekend of 25-26 August for a new UK based event that will take place in Cheshire and North Staffordshire.
Legends and Tragedy
The event has already had more than 60 entries and is shaping up to be a fantastic weekend of old school rallying with cars such as the legendary Peugeot 205 T16, Ford RS200, Renault 5 Maxi Turbo, Metro 6R4 and the Audi S1 Quattro amongst many others taking part. These represented the very peak of rallying performance and power, however, they were deemed to be unsafe after a series of major accidents, some of which resulted in fatalities. The tragic deaths of Henri Toivonen and his co-driver Sergio Cresto at the Tour de Corse in 1986 marked the end of the Group B competition cars as the class was then replaced by Group A.
The legendary cars were however born out of limited edition road cars that were eligible for car insurance quotes as Group B rules stated that only 200 road cars had to be produced before the fire spitting rally machines could then be homologated.
The cars were very light and very powerful, most of which packed around 400-500bhp due to there being no restrictions on the amount of turbo boost the cars produced. These really were extremely exciting cars where manufacturers pushed boundaries in a bid to achieve glory.
The cars were therefore rare, and today they are of course, even rarer. Many of the road going versions are worth a fortune these days due to their rarity, as well as their performance figures and iconic status’.
A standard Ford RS200 would set prospective owners back anywhere up to a 6 figure amount and beyond whilst cars such as the Renault 5 Turbo would look to sell for around £30,000-£50,000 depending on mileage etc. These are huge amounts of money to pay for cars from the 80s. To put it into perspective, a Ferrari F355 can be picked up for around the same sort of money as a Renault 5 Turbo, however, the Renault would almost definitely be rarer.
What would you rather go for? A blast from the past, or a 90s Ferrari?
For me, that’s a tough one to answer. Let us know your opinion by leaving a comment below.