1966 Porsche 911 ‘SWB’ Rally Car

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The Porsche 911 is famous for countless things, but there are many who are unaware of the model’s early rallying dominance in some of Europe’s most challenging competitions. After its initial release in 1963 a number of both factory and privateer entries made appearances at the highest levels of international rally competition, and in 1968…

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1966 Fiat-Abarth 1000 TC Corsa

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The racing exploits of the Abarth versions of the little Fiat 600 became legendary throughout the 1960s, the Austrian born Carlo Abarth seemed capable of extracting almost impossible levels of performance from the tiny Italian engine. Carlo Abarth had been born Karl Albert Abarth in Vienna in 1908, he moved to Italy as a young man…

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Paris-Dakar Veteran: 2007 KTM 660 Rallye

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KTM have won the motorcycle class of the Paris-Dakar every year since 2001, one of the most significant winning streaks in the history of the event. The first Paris-Dakar was run in 1978, it was organised by Thierry Sabine who realised that the desert would be a fantastic place for an endurance race – when…

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The 1956 Monte Carlo Rally

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By 1956 the Monte Carlo Rally was already 45 years old, and very well established as one of the world’s pre-eminent road racing events. Automobile manufacturers used it as a way to publicly show off the toughness and reliability of their vehicles, and played down the amount of mechanical work the driver and co-driver typically…

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1985 Paris–Dakar Rally Documentary

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This documentary covers the running of the 1985 Paris–Dakar Rally, an iconic event that’s become synonymous with endurance and the flinging of Sahara Desert sand. With a total running time of 1 hour 48 minutes, it’s a comprehensive look at the running of the 1985 race – and it’s presented in all the ’80s era…

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1986 Ford RS200

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The Ford RS200 rose from the ashes of the ill-fated Escort RS 1700T project – after a successful rally programme based around the earlier Escorts, Ford knew it needed a revolutionary new car to compete with the likes of Audi, Peugeot and Renault. By the early 1980s it had become clearly evident that the only…

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The 1958 Alpine Rally

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The Alpine Rally was characterised by its stunning views, tight mountain roads and cliffside driving that would make even the bravest of modern racing drivers reconsider their profession. The route of the rally made its way through some of the most famous mountain passes in Austria, Germany, Italy and Switzerland – covering hundreds of miles…

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Group B: The Ultimate Rally

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Group B: The Ultimate Rally is one of the better documentaries about the golden era of rally, one of the reasons it’s so good is because it was filmed at the time – rather than being compiled from clips decades later. The list of legendary rally drivers and rally cars seen in this film is…

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Lancia Stratos

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The Lancia Stratos, or more correctly, the Lancia Stratos HF (HF standing for High Fidelity) is a car developed by Italian design house Bertone for their fellow Italians over at Lancia. It was to be the first car developed from scratch for the World Rally Championship – specifically for the hotly contested Group 4 class, which…

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Sinn Dashboard Chronographs

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Sinn Spezialuhren is a watchmaker that most people have never heard of, it’s a German company that was founded by pilot Helmut Sinn in 1961 to make chronographs and instruments for pilots and aircraft. Although the Swiss might be more famous for their chronographs, the Germans have a long history of producing world class watches…

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Documentary: The Road To Monte Carlo

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The Road To Monte Carlo is a 1960 documentary film about the legendary Rallye Monte Carlo – a race only marginally less famous than its Formula 1 equivalent. In 1960 the race encompassed a huge assortment of motor cars from Europe and further afield, half a dozen Minis made their first major race outing at…

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