The Golden Era, and why rallying needs manufacturers

Age has only one real advantage – hindsight! With 45+ years of interest in rallying, not “rally” as some of the young’uns call it, I think we are starting to see the end of the second Golden Age of rallying.

Familiar we all are with the first one; dominated by powerful rear-wheel drive sedans like Escorts, Datsuns and Fiats; the first Golden Age overtaken by Audi, Peugeot and Lancia in the 1980s.

The fateful death of Henri Toivonen and Sergo Cresta on May 2, 1986 ended the Group B era, and saw our sport returning to its roots of souped up road cars.

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Dallas Dogger

Dallas has been involved in rallying for most of his life, originally as a competitor, and more recently working in the media as part of the Rally Australia commentary team. He has also been the Media Manager for many events, including the Rally of Canberra.
Dallas has been involved in rallying for most of his life, originally as a competitor, and more recently working in the media as part of the Rally Australia commentary team. He has also been the Media Manager for many events, including the Rally of Canberra.

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