Rally Legend In San Marino Is Box Flare Heaven
Photography by Federico Bajetti
The 2015 Rally Legend show was a celebration of rally history in the sport’s natural habitat: rain, mud and dirt. It’s events like these that show the dedication of the people who thread these rockets through narrow, curvy roads, where tarmac is often optional.
Bad weather doesn’t ruin a rally event: in fact, it seems to make it better. The 2015 edition in particular was celebrating 30 years of the S4, which made its winning debut in 1985. It was one of Abarth’s highly-praised creations born out of the talent of engineer Dario Lombardi. Abarth celebrated this anniversary by showing the highest number of S4s I have ever seen in my life.
In a few square meters there was the 037 of Toivonen and Crespo, the S4 of Biasion and Siviero, and Todeschini and Tabaton with the unborn ECV 1000 present as well. The Stratos was rightfully represented by Erik Comas, who wasn’t afraid of parking it under the rain near to other legendary cars, including the Audi Quattros and a screaming S1.
Unlike a Concours d’Elegance, where rain is always a deterrent for a good day, everyone from the cars to the teams was out in the elements in rain gear and a big smile. Remember: it’s not about shiny paint and low mileage, it’s about enjoying cars on the open road…even if they happen to be from Group B.