Group B Monsters at the 2014 Goodwood Members' Meeting
Group B Monsters at the 2014 Goodwood Members' Meeting

Group B Tribute at 2016 Shelsley Walsh Classic Nostalgia

The works Audi Quattro returns to Shelsley Walsh after 30 years as the 2016 Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb will celebrate the mighty Group B rally cars of the 1980s at Classic Nostalgia on the 16-17 July.

Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb played its part in the history of Group B when Hannu Mikkola who was by then World Rally Champion came to the July 1986 meeting in the works Audi Quattro and set a Best Time of Day with a stunning run of 29.51 seconds. A month later at the August 1986 meeting, the Metro 6R4 once driven by Tony Pond made an appearance and driven by Roy Lane, set a time of 33.14 seconds.

Classic Nostalgia will pay tribute to these mighty cars and organisers report that the Audi Quattro once driven by Hannu Mikkola at Shelsley Walsh will return for the weekend.

Also confirmed is the Ford RS200 driven by Stig Blomqvist. He drove this car on the Acropolis and RAC rallies of 1986, running in the top four on both occasions but twice failed to make the finish due to mechanical failures. This car will be in action on the hill. The first Lancia Delta S4 will also be making an appearance on the hill as part of the Tribute Class of 6 iconic Group B cars.

There will be demonstration runs and competitive runs from other Group B cars on the 1000-yard tarmac course of the famous Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb as well as static displays from Group B clubs and owners.

For more information, visit Shelsley-Walsh.co.uk.

[Source: Shelley Walsh; photo: Gunter Biener]

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