Motorsports Monday: BMW 120 Rallycross

Rallycross has always struck me as an interesting balance between circuit racing and rally driving, and frankly it’s completely captivating. If Formula 1 is controlled aggression and World Rally is controlled chaos, rallycross is more aggressive chaos. In the 1980s it became very popular in Europe as the dumping ground for ex-Group B cars. If you want to be captivated and feel a bit sick at the same time, go watch some British rallycross from ~1987-1989. You’ll see Audi Sport Quattros, Lancia Deltas and Peugot 205 T16s, Ford RS200s and even an occasional turbocharged, all-wheel drive Porsche. In short, it’s sort of the ultimate in rally racing that never really was, with these cars going head to head at full chat. That’s what is captivating, but watch a few seconds more than the wild start and you’ll quickly feel sick because typically in the first corner one of these legends is completely balled up. By the end of the race, if you have one or two out of the original 6-7 cars fully functioning that is considered an accomplishment. But these aren’t 24 hour grueling tests of endurance – they’re three or four laps of a short grass, dirt and tarmac surface. That’s right – generally 50% plus attrition in 3 minutes.

It’s awesome. It’s like the Outback Steakhouse of racing – no rules, just right.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: BMW 120 Rallycross on Race Cars Direct

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1985 Volkswagen GTI Group 2 Rally Car

I’ll admit that while I’m an urbanite, there’s not a little bit of me that wants to get out of the city and into nature. But I’m not your camping or hiking kind of person. No, I’d be more content tearing up the trails in something like this Group 2 Volkswagen GTI. This prepped 1985 GTI for sale in Colorado is suitable for Group 2 racing and is ready to see some action with its next owner.

Year: 1985
Model: GTI Group 2 Rally
Engine: 1.8 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: N/A
Price: $14,000

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1985 Volkswagen GTI Group 2 Rally Car on SpecialStage

1985 Group 2 VW GTI. Originally a road race shell, prepped for rally by Scott Fuller. I’ve had this car for 10 years. Time to sell as there are no rallies in Colorado and work/family schedule isn’t going to allow me to travel out of state. Highlights are VW Motorsports Gemini Dogbox with new refresh from Gemini Trans in the UK. Techtonics built motor. Lots of Group A parts. Just did a bunch of work to have the car ready for the Land’s End Hill Climb here in Colorado—so the car is up to date and running well. I’ve got lists of specific parts and spares. Call if interested and I will send spec sheets and give you the history of the car. $14,000 USD with full spares package. Might split dogbox from car – might. Located in Boulder, CO. Possible delivery.
Thanks,
Matt

Anyone seeking $14,000 for a regular 1985 GTI would never get it, but as enthusiasts, I’m sure we’re familiar with the expense of building a competition vehicle, what it takes to keep them running on the track and most importantly, meeting regulations. It’s not a cheap hobby, but it’s one which challenges you on many levels and provides a sense accomplishment, even if you aren’t always leading the pack. It would be worth checking with the owner to see the extent of parts and spares that will come with the car, but the spares along with the fact that it is a complete and ready to race car is attractive.

-Paul