Iconic memories and images from Rally de Portugal are recalled in a new book commemorating the 50th anniversary of one of the WRC’s classic events.
Rally de Portugal 50 Years tells the story of one of the championship’s founding rounds through the eyes of a dozen leading journalists and historians. It is supported by superb archive photography dating back to the inaugural encounter in 1967.
The book spotlights the rally’s most successful drivers, including five-time winner Markku Alén, Sébastien Ogier, who bids to match that tally at next week’s Vodafone Rally de Portugal (18 - 21 May), Miki Biasion and Colin McRae.
It also highlights legendary cars including the Lancia Delta and Ford Escort RS1800, as well as flame-breathing monsters from the Group B era including the Audi Quattro A2 and Peugeot 205 T16.
There are also comprehensive statistics, including route information and results from each edition, and a look at some of the rally's classic stages such as Fafe and Arganil.
The 624-page book has been produced by rally organiser Automóvel Club de Portugal and edited by Paulo Maria. It is available in Portuguese and English language versions from the rally store here or from the event base in Matosinhos during the event.