There’s something deeply satisfying about watching old rally cars scything across - and occasionally into - some scenery. Which is why the TG office’s collective root-fizz reached critical levels when we saw the aftermath of the Eifel Rally, Germany, which took place last weekend.
The two-day historic rally demo event stretched over ten stages and 330km on the roads around the Eifel mountains - the same ones you’ll find the Nurburgring hiding in.
150 really rather lovely old machines took part, including two Audi Quattro S1s, several Ford Escort RS200’s, a Metro 6R4 or three, Lancia Delta, Triumph TR7, Renault Alpine, and even a Trabant.
Most of which even managed to stay shiny side up. Though there were quite a few toe-curling crashes. An uphill hairpin onto a cobbled surface followed by a hairpin right saw two Lancia 037s dive off the road, Gabrielle Mahler slid her ex-Safari Porsche 911 wide on a left-hand hairpin and added a new crease to the bodywork, and another 911 Safari had an unfortunate altercation with a tree, restyling the front rather dramatically. Luckily, everyone escaped with minor injuries.
Some rally heroes were also on hand to show everyone how it was done. Guest drivers included Björn Waldegård, Stig Blomqvist, Walter Röhrl, Armin Schwartz, Philippe Wambergue, Sepp Wiegand, Harald Demuth, Aaron Burkart, Hans Schuller and Yvonne Mehta.
Now click forth to see them reshape Germany….