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Group A – When Rallying created Road Car Icons


After several fatal accidents in 1986, Group B cars were banned from rallying and Group A – tuned road cars with a minimum production of 5,000 examples became the top formula in the sport.




After several fatal accidents in 1986, Group B cars were banned from rallying and Group A – tuned road cars with a minimum production of 5,000 examples became the top formula in the sport.

The early years saw an almost complete domination by Lancia, before Toyota became their first proper competitor. In later years, Mitsubishi, Ford and Subaru joined Toyota as key players, each with cars based on four-wheel drive, turbocharged special editions of their mass production vehicles.

The new McKlein book, “Group A – When Rallying created Road Car Icons”, covers the ten years from 1987 to 1996. It gives an overview of the major events, the leading cars and crews, the factory teams, the changes of regulations – both technical and sporting – as well as results plus many stories of incidents and occurrences.

The books are lavishly illustrated with photographs from the famous McKlein archive.

Post-war international rallying has been in a state of almost constant evolution for the last seventy years. The cars have changed as have the rallies and the crews that contest them.

This evolutionary process has been catalogued in a series of rally books from McKlein of which three have already been published under the titles “Group 2 – the Genesis of World Rallying”, “Group 4 – from Stratos to Quattro” and “Group B – the Rise and Fall of Rallying’s Wildest Cars”.

These volumes cover a period from 1946 to 1986 and are now joined by the Group A book to extend that coverage up to 1996.

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Key Content

  • * Why the changes had to come.
  • * Initial difficulties and the lack of sufficient hi-tech Group A cars.
  • * Detailed reviews of each World Championship year and the rallies of the WRC.
  • * Tracking the evolution of performance from cars that had been made in thousands.
  • * Revealing the way the rule makers had to run hard to keep up with the evolving technology.
  • * Detailed examination of the major marques and their factory teams.
  • * Top results of World Rally Championship events from 1987 to 1996.
  • * Why Group A came to an end and was replaced by the World Rally Cars that are still running today.


Technical details:
Authors: John Davenport & Reinhard Klein
Format: 24.5 x 30 cm, hardcover
Pages: 256
Pictures and illustrations: ca. 450 in colour and black-and-white
Language: English

ISBN: 978-3-947156-21-4

The Authors
Reinhard Klein is the rally photographer par excellence and has a worldwide reputation for being the leader in his chosen field. He started following rallies in the mid-1970s when he found them more interesting than attending race meetings. Since then, he has attended hundreds of major rallies constantly expanding his collection of photographs. More recently, he has collaborated with other photographers to give himself more time to publish books and catalogue his photographs, many thousands of which are now also digitised. His personal favourite among the rallies was always the East African Safari Rally and no one was more sad when that event was dropped from the WRC in 2002.

John Davenport became involved in rallying while he was at college in 1960. He became Rallies Editor at first Motoring News and then Autosport covering and competing on major rallies. He also became a works co-driver rallying with drivers like Vic Elford, Ove Andersson, Sandro Munari, Simo Lampinen, Markku Alén, Hannu Mikkola, Rauno Aaltonen and Pentti Airikkala. In 1976, he was invited to be Director of Motorsport for Leyland Cars – later to become Austin Rover – and oversaw the creation of the Group B MG Metro 6R4. Since the early 1990s, he has been working with Reinhard Klein on books.


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