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Gallery: Rally legends tear through Belgium

Submitted by on February 27, 2014

IMG_3969More than sixty years in the making, this is one of Belgium’s most important rallies.

Boucles de Spa kicked off in 1953, and to this day remains one of the most respected rally events of its kind. Names such as Stig Blomqvist, Tony Pond and Björn Waldegard have claimed victory there in the past.IMG_3725

These days it’s known as the “Legend Boucles de Spa”, and is comprised of all sorts of 1970s and 80s rally machinery.

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The field is split into two clases – Historic and Classic. Historic is where the oldest machines are to be found.

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The event is a huge spectacle, pulling drivers and visitors alike from places like France, Germany, Great Britain, Luxemburg and the Netherlands.

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Apparently the event often sees snowfall, and it was considered to be somewhat of a disappointment that this was not the case for the 2014 event. This year did feature a special treat in the form of Group B predators such as this Metro 6R4. The 800hp Audi Sport quattro S1 and menacing Peugeot 205 T16 were also involved.

IMG_9318Some of the lesser-known machines were equally exciting, such as this beautiful sounding Alfa Romeo we believe was driven by Bruno Thiry – a former victor of the event. IMG_3693The event would go on to be won by former World Rally Championship driver Francois Duval – his second consecutive victory driving the above Ford Escort. The Belgian driver had to fight for it until the very last regularity test, with Gregoire de Mevius close behind.

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