13° Rallylegend: respect the elders

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There is a place where i can see the old glories of rally speeding through the streets like as in the past? Of course, it’s in San Marino and it’s called RALLYLEGEND !                                                                       Now in its 13th Edition, Rallylegend became a landmark for nostalgic rally fans, a place where you can see modern WRC cars, Group A, Group B legends and more, sharing the special stages of San Marino.

060A8161Big names of WRC joined this Edition, Jari-Matti Latvala confirmed his last year participation with the Polo R WRC while Hayden Paddon made his debut with the Hyunday i20 WRC. Latvala’s Polo R was the road opening zero car for the three-day rally, while Paddon started in the  ‘Legend Stars’ demonstration category060A7597 060A8432Another fascinating thing is the atmosphere of the night stages on Friday…….060A7607 060A7691……with the crowd waiting on every corner to cheer the drivers. 060A7660 060A7716Saturday:  when it rains it pours.                                                                                                                                            We headed to the Rallylegend Village, into the Serravalle Olimpic Stadium to see all the cars togheter, it’s a privilege to be so close to this rally masterpieces 060A7728 060A7738-2 060A7745 060A7746 New BMW water collector060A7767 060A7769Lancia took a big part of this 13th Rallylegend edition with the “Delta S4 Celebration”, an incredible occasion to see 15 Lancia Delta S4 altogheter with names like Florio, Lombardi, Biasion, Toivonen, Kankkunen, Trelles, Alen, Kivimaki, who contributed to the creation of the S4 myth060A7796 060A7935 060A7938 The rain followed the cars all day long, without brakes060A7946 060A7959 060A7970060A7989 060A8020 060A8030 Sunday the weather was better, at least it did not rain060A8099060A8112 060A8124 060A8189 060A8211 060A8233060A8263 060A8276 060A8312Things that can happen at Rallylegend: being overtaken by Paolo Diana’s Fiat 131060A8069060A8296 060A8319060A8339 The Lancia Delta ECV2 and ECV1 were part of the Delta S4 Celebration, showing how the Rally would be after the 1986 season060A8376 The Lancia ECV or Experimental Composite Vehicle was created to replace the Delta S4, unfotunately Group B and Group S cars were banned from competition due to safety problems. The famous Triflux engine and the kevlar/carbon fiber composite materials are just two of the several technological innovations of this “monster”060A8381 060A8383 If the ECV was frighteningly monstrous, the ECV2 it was even more, with almost 600hp @8000rpm and 930Kg of weight060A8388 060A8394Drivers, at the end of this wonderful weekend, were greeted by an incredible number of people under an unexpected and beautiful sunshine060A8433060A8404060A8412 060A8443 060A8448So, if you want to spend an unforgettable weekend surrounded by rally cars, this is the place to be. See you in 2016 Rallylegend!060A8461

 

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