Tag Archives: rally

poster of the day. A110.

I want this original poster.

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foto of the day. double flames.

DOUBLE!

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A110 of the day.

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foto of the day. women of the A110.

i love this photo! so lovely.  Francois Conconi looks so cool.  The other woman, is of course, Michele Mouton.  Dunno who the bearded bloke is…ha

 

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foto of the day. people & quattro.

what an amazing photo, documenting the insanity of those 80s WRC Group B events; where people were literally inches and feet away from the most amazing rally cars driving full-on through the crowds.  Everyone was brave; the drivers and the fans.   This is from the 1984 Portugal Rally.

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Ford GT70; Ford’s ‘lost’ A110 fighter…

Apparently, Ford had decided to fight back against the successes of rally cars in the late 60s and early 70s like the Porsche 911s and the Alpine A110 with their own small purpose-built rally car named the Ford GT70.

From OCTANE MAGAZINE:

‘The GT70’s creation had been triggered by our poor performance on the 1970 Monte Carlo Rally,’ Ford Competitions manager Stuart Turner says. ‘The Escort Twin-Cams, driven by Clark, Timo Makinen and Hannu Mikkola, at best finished fifth and seventh, and had been left behind by the winning Porsche 911S and Alpine-Renault A110.’”

Thanks to Jalopnik for turning attention this burning issue!

I believe the ‘yellow’ livery is in its current state; previously, the lone prototype was in silver finish:

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cutout: 131 Abarth.

Fiat 131 Abarth cutout.

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foto of the day. 037.

photographer: Antonio Rodrigues

from the 1985 Portugal Rally.  Lancia 037.


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obsessions.

Yesterday I sat at an Italian Pastry Shop with my friends who run Automobilac and Motoring Con Brio and we discussed our favourite cars, automotive musings, and anything related to our favourite hobby.  I distinctly remembering mentioning to them how obsessed I have become with the Alpine A110…and I felt later that the only people who could truly understand would be people into automobiles and motoring.  I have been gathering an unhealthy obsession with the Alpine-Renault A110.  Readers of this blog will know that I have always carried an obsession with it—however these days it is interfering with my time.  The last time this happened, was in 2000 with the then-new Audi TT.  I ended up buying that car 3 years later after 3 years of incessant obsession and lust.  I have owned it ever since, for the last 8 years.  I have been obsessed with the Alpine A110 for at least the last 4 or 5 years.  But it has been steadily been increasing.

Are there any stories of Automotive obsession that you have?  What became of it?  Are you currently obsessed with a car of your absolute dreams?  There are days I close my eyes and imagine myself on an evening mountain road with dim lights in my Alpine, pummeling through empty rough roads in an anonymous country.  These scenes flood my brain.

However, for the time being, I am simply confined to these daydreams and imaginary movements; while I remind myself to work hard on my career to develop the financial character to go out and buy the A110 of my choice—–assuming they are not (A) all destroyed by then (B) they don’t all get purchased by the Japanese, and (C) their price does not move past the ‘buyable’ level….whatever that means.

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foto of the day. legend.

South Africa, 1988.  No words needed.

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911R.

my holy grail Porsche, and probably the purest Porsche 911 ever made.  The glorious 911R.

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Cheers to Titchati for some of these pics

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foto of the day. alfa-porsche-audi.

One of my favourite photos of recent memory…..FANTASTIC!

Foto taken by Thomas1978 (QW)

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video of the day (2): 250 SWB

got this from the mighty Automobiliac blog.  Again, i regret posting Ferrari stuff, because i really don’t like Ferraris….but there is something wonderful about the audio recording on this video…….the sound coming out of that 250 SWB is magnificent.

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foto of the day. 131 Abarth.

Fiat 131 Abarth

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beautiful 1985 ur quattro coupe for sale.

my love for the ur quattro is growing by the week (especially since i’ve been racing a modded one on GT5 these days!)…it has now become one of my automotive holy grails (if it wasn’t already), and much MUCH more affordable than my ultimate holy grail which is the Alpine A110 ($50k+ now easily).

here’s a beautiful one for sale in Connecticut.  Just posted today—so if you really want a place in the IEDEI envy books plop down the cash, kids! Gorgeous in every way

he’s asking $16,500 for the car.  102k miles.  a very fine example. Finished in “amazon blue”, one of 73 cars in this colour from that year. If you are interested, email me iedeiblog@gmail.com for more information.

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Group B Sounds.

This video, for me, is essentially an audio battle of the Lancia 037 and the Audi quattro.   The 5 cylinder glory of the Audi and the screaming italian Lancia………the popping of the 5 cylinder clinches it for me.

Volume up, people!

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foto of the day. fulvia.

1972 Lancia Fulvia 1.6 HF. driven by Harry Kallstrom during the 1972 rally season.

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RS5 & urquattro.

1981 Audi urquattro and 2010 Audi RS5

What a fantastic set of pictures….here are just 4 of them.  Click on the link to read the full article, and to see the full set of 40+ photos!  beautiful photos of 2 stunning cars separated by a good 30 years.

LINK TO MORE PICS AND ARTICLE:

http://www.insideline.com/audi/rs5/2011/2011-audi-rs5-vs-1981-audi-coupe-quattro.html

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S1 quattro.

not much compares to this…….what a beast.

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Lancia Delta S4 Hill climb.

Gotta love the Delta S4! check out that dashboard….and that technological sound!

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9 minutes of Alpine A110

I understand about 7.3% of the french vocabulary….not that it really matters when the video shows so much great footage of the greatest car ever! The Alpine A110!

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