"Look at these shots of the new Peugeot DKR.
Takes me back to being a kid in the park hankering in vain after those big wheeled, petrol driven radio controlled cars that the older boys were having so much fun "
There are a number of racing machines that will forever be associated with Finland.
The best of them are – like the nation that loves them – unruly, unpredictable and quick.
For some the definitive Finnish machine might be Jarno Saarinen’s Yamaha GP machine that he rode for the tragically truncated 1973 racing season. For others it is Mika Håkkinen’s McLaren MP4/13 from his victorious year of 1998. For some it will be Hannu Mikkola’s Ford Escort Mexico, or his Audi S1 Quattro.
But by far the most resonant, evocative back of nuts-and-bolts associated with Finland is the Peugeot 205 T16 Group B.
"Jean Todt, Peugeot's team principle, stood in front of the press at the start of the 1981 Rally season and announced that they were developing a new four wheel drive rally car.
He promised a prototype by 1983 and that the new "
" Of all the racing formulas that produced stunning race cars, Group 5 is one of our favourites.
And this BMW 320 Turbo is a fave among faves.
The formula, which was in its deregulated niceness, was almost the precursor of Group B "
"Finnish rally maestro Hannu Mikkola was one of the legendary flying Finns who powered their way into motorsport lore during the Group B era at the wheel of the monstrous Audi Quattro S1 Sport. But as World Champion in 1983 and "
"It was Citroën's illegitimate, palsied baby, and the company disowned her. Shameful, right?
The BX based 4TC didn't exactly light up the sky like a flame, its best result being a sixth place in the 1986 Swedish Rally - and "
"We stumbled across this rare and rather killer footage of the fleeting moments of Mazda's RX7 Group B career on the highly entertaining Japanese Nostalgic Car blog.
Listen to the sound of the RX7's high-revving rotary engine, and enjoy "
"It’s exactly 30 years since Ari Vatanen won the UK stage of the World Rally Championship in the crazy days of Group B racing.
This November Ari will be back in the UK for the Wales Rally GB (13th-16th "
"My sister was delivered by VW Beetle. Or at least, a German midwife, who happened to live up the street from us. Her identity is for me completely merged with that car. And that’s the thing about the VW "
"The problem with roads is that they have rules. The good thing about offroad culture is that there aren't as many.
Whether you like it or not the road is in itself a piece of administrative coercion. No matter what "
"Cars are all about people. It’s obvious really - but at times this simple truism can get lost. With the obsession with speed, power, style and design - with the object itself, you can forget that there is nothing "
"The appeal of Van Life is now something everyone understands. Freedom. Adventure. Self-determination. All these things are encoded deeply into how we see ourselves - and an entire industry has arisen to cater for every kind of wagon-type desire. But "