Tuesday | 15 Jul 2014

Group 2 - the genesis of world rallying

If you enjoyed McKlein Publishing’s books on the legendary eras of Group B and Group 4 rallying, you will be eager to see its latest offering documenting the early years of the sport.

‘Group 2 – The genesis of world rallying’ is a comprehensive review of rallying from 1946 to 1972, the year before the birth of the FIA World Rally Championship.

Author John Davenport charts the transformation of the sport

Rallies like Monte-Carlo, Liège-Rome-Liège, Acropolis and RAC were the jewels in the sport and during this period they were joined by new challenges such as the East African Safari, Finland’s 1000 Lakes and the Tour de Corse.

Author John Davenport, who lived that era as a co-driver and journalist, describes how the sport was transformed from an activity for amateur drivers to one that became professional and generated names like Erik Carlsson, Timo Mäkinen and Paddy Hopkirk.

Davenport focuses heavily on the late 1960s and early 1970s, with well-researched reviews of the key rallies and an in-depth look at the works teams and their cars.

Look out also for the Odds and Ends section which brings to life some great tales.

The words are supported by fantastic statistics from all the major rallies of the period and fascinating black and white and colour images from McKlein – which provides many of the current day WRC images you see on wrc.com.

The Facts

Group 2 - the genesis of world rallying
PublishersMcKlein Publishing
AuthorsJohn Davenport and Reinhard Klein
Photographs82 colour / 337 black and white
LanguagesEnglish and German versions
Price49.90 euros

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