Journal: Don’t Miss This Film Set In The Heart Of Group B Rallying

Don’t Miss This Film Set In The Heart Of Group B Rallying

By Michael Banovsky
January 4, 2016

Photos provided by Group B Film

I know you don’t need much more than to read the words “Group B” to get excited about something from that era, and it’s nice to be talking about something new for a change.

This means that you can soon look forward to watching a short film set in 1986 at the peak of Group B rallying, when the cars were more extreme than ever. This fictional account seen in Group B puts the protagonist in one of the most lairy creations of all: an MG Metro 6R4.

Directed and co-written by Nick Rowland, the piece is already being shown at film festivals around the world, with a release date upcoming. Starring Richard Madden and Michael Smiley, early reviews seem quite positive for what is surely a surreal and exciting trip down memory lane.

To stay up to date with the film’s progress, and to locate a screening near you, follow the project on Facebook or Twitter.

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Ian Miles
Ian Miles(@smilo998)
5 years ago

I see GS’s BS is back. It is like reading a cliche with depression. Anyway, looks like it will be a great little film and good on em for tackling this subject. I reckon it will give them a real challenge. Always liked the 6R4 but interesting to read the comments below about its development. It seems to have been very successful in motorcross championships though. If I remember correctly the development engines were just welded up when they lopped the two cylinders off.

6 years ago

I think this looks great and a job well done on what i’m sure was a very tight budget, the fact that these students are taking on such subject matter is both compelling and exciting as it shows us what is in store for future films – well done all.

After finding Petrolicious around a year ago now I have come to love everything about this utterly brilliant website and the community of like minded people it brings together. I eagerly await the newly released video every Tuesday and have spent months reading up on the archived articles it has produced along with the attached comments. This website and the people that engage it are a joy and a treat to behold and I refer specifically to the people that have stories to tell and want to share them with other petrol / gear heads on here. It inspires me and touches me to know there are others out there who feel the same about a machine as I do!

I have a great deal of respect for those that partake, however there is always one that seems determined to bring negativity and misery to the rest of us and that my friend is you ‘Guitar Slinger’. There is rarely an article which has not been picked apart or thrown some snide remark whether it be against the vehicle in question, the author, owner and even the production of the film or article. Now everyone is entitled to their own opinion and it would be a dull place if we all agreed on everything in life but it really is getting very boring having to listen to your self obsessed self congratulating diatribes that suggest you are the definitive oracle of all things petrol related. I think I speak on behalf of most us – it’s quite simple – if you don’t like this website then leave there are plenty of us that do and if you decide to stay then please spare us the garbage that spews out of your mouth, sit still and listen to others as you might find they know a bit more about this subject than you. Here endeth the lesson.

6 years ago


As an ex Audi Sport UK spanner man i would like to clear up a few items here:-

The 6R4 was in fact a great car, unfortunately in true MG style lack of funds made sure the car arrived a year too late, during this time the S4, T16 E2 and S1 E2 increased power outputs from an already heady 400-420 PS to 480-550PS basically eclipsing the 410 naturally aspirated horses in the 6R4

The BX 4 TC was indeed hopeless, under powered and grossly overweight

Walter, Hannu and Stig did in fact spend time in the Gym working on cardio and stamina as these cars were UNREAL to drive, solid diffs, awful brakes etc etc

I would suggest the acting will be poor, unfortunately from experience the `Group B` era can never be replicated as the physicality of driving these cars can never truly be shown

Brian Hart
Brian Hart(@bhart)
6 years ago

First time a Metro was featured in ANYTHING.

The Mini fanatic in me says YAY!

Drew Duncan
Drew Duncan(@duncan-drew)
6 years ago

It’s just a shame that it’s only going to be 26 minutes long.

6 years ago

Its a National Film & TV School grad film.

That explains a lot.

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger(@gtrslngr)
6 years ago

To be honest .. as one who lived ( and participated on the fringes ) thru the
madness known as the Group B era .. here’s my take from the trailer which in and of itself is a bit overly emotive and vapid ;

1) The film’s ‘ hero ‘ is driving the worst pile of junk Group B ever created ? Not a great start .
2) Drivers then barely exercised .. most smoked …. and none ever set foot into a gym … so again from just the trailer authenticity with this film goes right out the window
3) The acting seems juvenile constricted and deplorable .. again .. just from that 40 seconds or so of trailer

Conclusion ? All bets are … like that Lauda/Hunt travesty that posed as a movie … never mind a docudrama ….. this one’s bound to be yet another bit of window dressing fluff created by a team obviously clueless when it come to Group B history … never mind being completely oblivious to the art of movie making in general . In other words when it come to this bit of tripe in the spirit of the great Robert Hughes not to mention LJKS


Pierre Bourdin
Pierre Bourdin(@bourdinpierre)
6 years ago
Reply to  Guitar Slinger

” the worst pile of junk Group B ever created” : I think the Citroën BX 4 TC deserves this title, not the Metro.

Besides that, you’re probably right.

6 years ago
Reply to  Guitar Slinger

Also, Walter Rohrl took physical preparation quite seriously.

On the other hand, why would a works Metro and a works RS200 carry door numbers in the 70s and 50s?

Maxime Veilleux
Maxime Veilleux(@quebecois)
6 years ago
Reply to  Guitar Slinger

Well that lasted about 2 months,

Welcome back.

6 years ago
Reply to  Guitar Slinger

Yeah he’s back. Mr Negative. Thanks for bringing the mood down. Now go away.

Andrew Salt
Andrew Salt(@nacl)
6 years ago
Reply to  Guitar Slinger

I knew you’d be back, sooner or later.

Bradley Price
Bradley Price(@fb_100003028226242)
6 years ago
Reply to  Guitar Slinger

Guitar Slinger– Sorry to see your overly verbose negativity is back on the site, and that you continue to hide behind a fake name instead of just using your real one like just about everyone else. Your comments bring down the entire level of decorum on Petrolicious. This film was a Grad student project and as such it was made by students with limited resources. I think the makers of the film should be commended for being unafraid to tackle a very ambitious subject with such limited budget, and to produce what looks to me like a very high level of work in the process. You cannot judge the hard work of someone from a 40 second trailer. Shame on you! Your continued presence on this site is like a stain that keeps coming back after every attempt to expunge it. Get a life!!

Gavin Clark
Gavin Clark(@gavin)
6 years ago
Reply to  Guitar Slinger

I second everything Mr Price says. The film will be worth watching just to hear that V6 engine.
According to the credits the driver used in this film is David Higgins, a handy enough driver who has won Rally America championship last 5yrs running.
Also, if you read (or more drool over the pictures) of the book Rally Cars by Reinhard Klein, there is a paragraph entitled ‘My Favourite Rally Car’ from Didier Auriol talking about the Metro 6R4…high praise from someone who rallied Integrale/Celica/WRC Corolla/Impreza, etc.
So why some people take pleasure in posting such negativity is beyond me.