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Video: a Blow-by-Blow of the 1978 Sedan Rally Championship

Posted June 30, 2021 3:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: motorsports

These videos posted by the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu posted within the last year are worth watching for the cars and the action alone. They're not full of lowest-common-denominator crashes, like many rally compilation videos out there, but they still have plenty of slipping and sliding and drifting and fishtailing.

Despite the dry narration, it is worth paying attention to the narrative here as the two videos chart the course of the 1978 British Rally Championship in less than an hour, following several recognizable names - Hannu Mikkola, Jimmy McRae, Walter Rohrl and even Stig Blomqvist - as they contend for the championship. In fact, it's the interviews with those drivers that provide just as much color as the sideways action.

The Eighties and the Group B cars might be what most people go nuts over when it comes to vintage rallying, but this period - both the human element and the cars that weren't so far removed from those you could buy in the showroom - still provided plenty of entertainment.

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