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It's been a while since a gratuitous book plug, so thought that I should make up for lost time or I'll get double parked!

Following on from my previous books in the Haynes Manuals series on classic racing cars, in 2019 the Audi Quattro Group 4 and Group B book came out. It was a real joy to do as my best friend's father at primary school worked for VAG and when the first press Quattro was available in the summer of 1981 he borrowed it and took us for a spin. Our eight-year-old minds were blown, and then shortly afterwards Hannu Mikkola won the RAC Rally and that was that, we were hooked.

Found out loads of useful stuff about the cars along the way... like when to use the capital Q (for the original long wheelbase cars only), and when to use a small q (from the first SWB onwards to the present day). Before interviewing Michèle Mouton I saw a bit of a pattern that in the 1982 season, when she so nearly won the world championship, she lots about 22 potential points because of team decisions that favoured her team mates (who had no mathematical chance of beating Walter Röhrl), she was very amused, because apparently nobody's ever asked her about it, but only said words to the effect of: 'If that's what your research is telling you then I can't argue.'

I saw all three of the genuine ex-works cars in this country at the time and photographed them in detail for the tech sections, and numerous lovingly-crafted replicas that now grace rally events across Europe, most of which have genuine parts fitted. Modern day WRC hero Jari-Matti Latvala's got two works-spec replicas that he uses to take part in historic rallies, and he was happy to talk about them.

Here are the a couple of the genuine cars - a fourth one is just about to arrive in the UK, first driven by Mouton in 1984. First up is a car that's been made by Fly this year, the China Rally car driven by Andy Dawson and Ian Pegg. It began life as Walter Röhrl's 1984 Monte Carlo winner. The other China Rally car (modelled by both Team Slot and Fly), which won in 1985 with Hannu Mikkola and again with Stig Blomqvist the following year resides in the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu - and was originally Blomqvist's winning 1984 Argentina car.

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Next up is another Röhrl car, which was originally fitted with the clutchless Porsche PDK gearbox in late 1985. It won a round of the Austrian national championship when they were testing it, then it came over for the RAC Rally and was completely destroyed. The factory put it back together (minus PDK) and it's been an Audi UK show car ever since.

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Following on from the Porsche 956/962 and the Quattro, my 'turbo trilogy' has been completed this week with the Peugeot 205 Turbo 16. This one should be out in the autumn, possibly before, with everything that you might wish to know (and probably some stuff you didn't!) about the little French car that became the only purpose-built Group B car to win the WRC. Lots of new content, including long interviews with the likes of Vatanen and Kankkunen that have made it a very special thing to have done.

For this one there is a section on slot rallying... because you can't build a replica 'Deux cent cinq Turbo seize' quite as easily as a replica Quattro!

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Anyway, there you are... available from your preferred book retailer. Thanks for looking.
 

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That should be an interesting book.

Way back in the last centuary ('95 to '99) I worked for the local VW/Audi dealership. The son of the owner who was our sales director had been a driver in the GB VW rally team driving golfs in the UK rally championship. He had a sideline in importing Mitsubishi EVOs and Subaru WRXs direct from Japan. He also liked to dabble in road going group B cars. We once had in a Metro 6R4 that he described as very very very fast while one of the salesmen said "and very very very loud".

He also got in a S1 quattro. One time he gave a lift from one branch to another, about 15 miles along mostly country lanes and he didn't hold back. I should have known when I got in to find the car had a full 6 point harness! At one point he complained that the only tyres available for the car had softer side walls than originals so was a little woolly in the sharper corners. Then on a short straight stretch of what was originally a roman road so yes, dead straight, he hit the magic ton.....one of the best passenger rides I have ever had.

We had a customer who used an imported USA Audi V8 that we looked after. He asked us to arrange for an alarm to be fitted to is Nissan Skyline R32 that I had the pleasure of driving. What is the relevance I hear you ask. Apparently the first owner was Stig Blomqvist who had the turbos uprated to give over 400bhp.
 

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Thank you - they were a pleasure and a privilege to do, as these things always are. I hope that they are enjoyed - I try to put as many images in of relevance to modellers as I can because, frankly, not many people are going to be servicing the real cars.

It's quite interesting how using the look and feel of the 'standard' Haynes manuals gets the books into the shops but quite often people need to be told that, actually, it's not a lot of wiring diagrams and similar. Perish the thought that I might attempt something like that - I can't even solder my slot cars!

All the books in the series are written histories of the cars and the people who made them. I tend to focus the words on the people and the pictures on what might be useful for someone trying to make the best representation of the car (or sometimes the aeroplane) that they can. You do these things in a bit of a bubble so never really know how they're going to go down.

Oh, and I did mean Andy Dawson/Stuart Pegg in the original post. It had been a long day!
 
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