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CLASSIC RALLY CARS
Rallying is one of the oldest forms of motorsport. Instead of racing around a track with other cars, rallying involves cars one at a time competing againsst the clock on public roads or special stages.
Instead of asphalt, rally cars were and still are expected to take on gravel, mud, snow, ice, asphalt and what other conditions one may find, both by day and night.
Below are some of the most interest cars used over the decades, and many are still used in historic rallies to this day.
The Golden Age: 1950s-
Arguably, the 1950s-
It was during this time that cars came in all shapes and sizes none too different from production cars, and amateurs could compete with works teams, though even then at a significant disadvantage. Perhaps best of all, crews still wore cardigans and ties and smoked pipes, while lady drivers drove in their stylish Sunday best.
Average speeds were often only 50km/h, but in winter conditions, with bias-
Photos from various rallies in Europe and Canada in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Cars pictured include a SAAB 96, Mini Cooper S, Volvo PV544, Volvo Amazon, Panhard Dayna, a Studebaker Lark, and a Lloyd Alexander.
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