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Ok, I'm starting this thread because I LOVE the WRC. So post your favorite WRC pics, discuss the previous rallies, previous seasons, or the current season, and current rallies. I have yet to watch a rally this season and it is killing me. I feel like I'm out of the loop. I didn't even get to watch Loeb clinch the title last year. I'm hoping this thread can give us rally fans some comfort. So start posting!!!
 

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Nice. He should have kept it. I saw one at Supercar Sunday. Very cool car. Wicked fast.
 

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WRC Technical videoes:

WRC Car intro:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFuV76e5gus

WRC Power Steering:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B869YPZSLqw

WRC brakes:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDqkwjartM8

WRC Dampers (coilovers):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQcAGLw4SLo

WRC Anti roll bars (sway bars):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xr7ktz1_as

WRC Tire Mousse (anti tire puncture device):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOrvogqoUsA


Other cool videos...

How to build a WRC Race Car:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BuVQ48o2sRc&NR=1

How to build a Peugeot 307 WRC Race Car:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4b9N3cd_w_0&NR=1
 

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That "How to build a WRC Race Car" vid is very cool. Thank you. We just got a MAC so I have no pics on this computer but I have tons on my work computer so I'll post up tomorrow.
 

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I'll start with some rally drivers/co-drivers pictures I took

Petter Solberg






(note the Citroen guys checking out the tires)


Marcus Gronholm



With Timo Rautiainen


Chris Atkinson



Markko Martin



Sebastien Loeb



Mikko Hirvonen



Carlso Sainz



Gilles Panizzi



Toni Gardemeister



Nicky Grist

 

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LOEB does = driving god. I remember telling my wife when Loeb first started in the WRC that he was going to be one to watch. He's def my favorite BUT in every Rally I watch, in the back of my mind, I hope Petter does well. Poor guy has had the worst luck over the past couple of seasons. Is Markko Martin coming back? I heard he was coming back last year for a rally but I never saw him. Must still be pretty shaken up about Beef.
 

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Nice pics Mopho. Very cool that you got to meet all those guys. We should set up a trip to go to a rally. Maybe next years Rally Mexico?
 

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Hot damn.
 

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I am not a big Loeb fan, while surely a great driver, I think much of his success comes from the fact that he has been with the best funded team and also because of the advances in technology (active diffs, gearboxes, tires, etc) that have brought so much more grip to the cars. These days because of all the grip, the driving style is different. Now they drive the cars on loose surfaces as if they are on tarmac, i.e. taking a racing line with less sliding or setting up for the corners in advance, it suits his style as a tarmac specialist
I think had he been driving in the 90's he would not have dominated at all.

Additionally, out of all the drivers I've photographed, he was the only one that was not fun to do. All the other drivers, after the photoshoot, I felt like I made a "friend" ( I did hang out with Nicky Grist a few times after), but Loeb was not friendly at all, nor did he give me his full attention for the photoshoot.


I tend to root for guys based on their personalities, lately I root for Hirvonen (last year Gronholm)
 

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Is Markko Martin coming back? I heard he was coming back last year for a rally but I never saw him. Must still be pretty shaken up about Beef.

As far as I know, Markko has no plans to come back competitively, but from what I read it is because of the fact that he does not like the current state of the sport.

He is currently working as a test driver for the Subaru World Rally Team
 

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Additionally, out of all the drivers I've photographed, he was the only one that was not fun to do. All the other drivers, after the photoshoot, I felt like I made a "friend" ( I did hang out with Nicky Grist a few times after), but Loeb was not friendly at all, nor did he give me his full attention for the photoshoot.
That's the impression I've gotten from the various interviews I've seen with him. It seems to stand out more because many of the other guys seem to be really personable.

So far this season, I will say that Latvala has been impressive. I was expecting Loeb to run away with the championship with Hirvonen being the only guy anywhere near him, but Jari-Matti is right in the mix. Hopefully the current close race will hold up as the season progresses.
 
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