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Madness on Wheels: Rallying's Craziest Years

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Madness on Wheels: Rallying's Craziest Years

Postby Adam on Mon Apr 02, 2012 7:14 pm

From the producer of Grand Prix: The Killer Years and the Grierson-nominated Deadliest Crash: The 1955 Le Mans Disaster.

In the 1980s rallying was more popular than Formula 1. 'Group B' machines had taken the world by storm. De-regulation opened the way for the most exciting cars ever to hit the motorsport scene. Nothing like it has ever happened since. 'This is the fastest rallying there has ever been' - Peter Foubister.

For four wild and crazy years manufacturers scrambled to build ever more powerful cars to be driven by fearless mavericks who could handle the extreme power. The sport was heading out of control and the unregulated mayhem ended abruptly in 1986 after a series of horrific tragedies. This is the story of when fans, ambition, politics and cars collided.

'The fans were crazy. As the cars sped by the spectators ran into the road!' - Ari Vatanen

'They were playing with their lives'.

'To go rallying is madness. This was refined madness' - John Davenport

Featuring world champaions Ari Vatanen, Walter Rohrl, Stig Blomqvist, plus Michel Mouton, Cesar Fiorio, Jean Todt and many many more.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/i/b01fcncc/

Available till next Sunday for UK users only, so sorry if I've whet your appetite for nought. Like the two documentaries before it, an astonishing and poignant programme, which A) shows just how truly insane you must be to succeed in rallying, and B) reinforces what a terrible FIA president Jean-Marie Balestre was, perhaps even worse than Maxxx (seriously).
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Re: Madness on Wheels: Rallying's Craziest Years

Postby Warweezil on Mon Apr 02, 2012 7:34 pm

Watched it Sunday night, and as ever wondered what the hell some speccys are thinking of standing out in harmsd way like that. Nice to see the machines and drivers from back then. Somehow it all looks much more interesting than WRC has become..... or is it just me?
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Re: Madness on Wheels: Rallying's Craziest Years

Postby Funkmother on Tue Apr 03, 2012 12:14 am

Adam wrote:... for UK users only ...


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