Just Because: Italian Group B Rally Legends Ready For Battle
We recently featured our friend Luca’s photo set from Italy’s picturesque Rally Vermentino in Sardinia, but for all of the Italian rally car lovers out there, he saved the best for last. This small event attracts all sorts of privateers from around the country—including semi-normal enthusiasts that happen to race Group B rally cars on the weekend.
According to Luca, the Lancia 037 pictured here is believed to be the ex-Attilio Bettega car that ran at Costa Smeralda in 1982, then passed to Scuderia Cerrato, which was close with Totip. The car was never an “official” Martini car, the livery is a replica of the one that ran in period.
Our eyes were drawn, though, to the “Lopes Competition” Lancia S4—which looks like it just rolled out of the Lancia works and into the service park before its first outing. To see these beasts in action, check out our coverage of Rally Vermentino.