Granted, group B cars were monsters, and it took special set of skills to keep them on the road. Latest generation of group A cars were also awesome because they were: a) rather sophisticated rally machines, b) based on cars that you could buy and enjoy every day, more or less. But for some, it was the early group A era that defined the rally scene and brought them to this sport.
There are many iconic rally cars, and it’s never easy to pick just one to define certain period in sport’s history. To some, Subaru Impreza is the one and only rally car, others claim Mitsubishi Lancer should have that title, and there is no shortage of other fan favourites; Ford Escorts, various Lancias, glorious Audis…
Me, I’m a Lancia Delta HF Integrale fan. It was that car that excited me the most in those sensitive moments of first exposure to rally cars and stages. You see cars being driven, and then you see this thing being tamed and then thrown around like a bullet on steroids. It looked like a road car that was locked away in some jail for 20 years, building it’s muscles only to be set loose onto the rally stages. For my generation, or me at least, this was the car that spelled rally.
Here it is, in it’s 1990 guise, doing one of the classiest classics, Tour de Corse. To wrap it up, I know I probably already revealed my fanboy dedication to this car, but there is no other way for me, and I’ll probably do it again at some point.