Madness on Wheels. The rise and fall of Group B – Rallying’s Craziest Years. Extended interviews from the BBC film.
In the 1980’s rallying was more popular than Formula 1. ‘Group B’ machines had taken the world by storm. They were the most exciting cars ever to hit the motorsport scene. Nothing like it has ever happened since. ‘This is the fastest rallying there has ever been’ Peter Foubister For four wild and crazy years manufacturers scrambled to build ever more powerful cars to be driven by fearless mavericks who could handle the extreme power. The sport was heading out of control and the unregulated mayhem ended abruptly in 1986 after a series of horrific tragedies.
This is the story of when fans, ambition, politics and cars collide. ‘Madness on Wheels’ is one of the best films we have made here at Bigger Picture and it received rave reviews on its release. It has since sold all over the world alongside its sister film ‘Grand Prix the Killer Years’. ‘Madness on Wheels’ tells of a time when rallying was heading out of control. This is the story of the rise and fall of the Group B years which ended in tragedy.
John Matthews, the co-director and producer of the original film and editor of the book says ‘we had over twenty hours of interviews for the film and we only used a fraction of them. What we have here are all of the main interviews pretty much uncut. There is far more detail than we could ever have shown in a film. Here we have recorded for history one if not the most exciting times the world of sport has ever seen.’
Featuring World Champions Ari Vatanen, Walter Rohrl, Stig Blomqvist, plus Michele Mouton, Cesare Fiorio, Jean Todt, and many more. For anyone into rallying and Group B, and anyone who has seen the original film, this is a must read.