Back in 1986, the Toyota Olympus Rally in Washington State, was the last round of the 1986 World Rally Championship. It was the end of the Group B era, Group B was to be banned at the end of the 1986 season. Peugeot and Lancia were battling for the Driver’s championship even though the Peugeot 205 in the hands of Juha Kankunnen was the dominant force of the ’86 season, due to some funny business at the San Remo rally earlier in the fall. The two factories sent cars to the Olympus for Juha Kankunnen and Markku Allen. I was a junior at the UW back in ’86 and my friend and my older brother and I were lucky enough to attend the event on a cold, December weekend. I took these pictures at the Tacoma Dome, in Tacoma, WA on Thursday, December 4th, 1986, where Scrutineering and the start was held. I used my trusty Olympus OM-2s with real film.
The Peugeot factory team was there with a 205T-16 Evolution for Juha Kankunnen.
Lancia was represented both by the factory team with a Delta S4 for Markku Allen and by the private team of the Alessandrini brothers. Note the Martini & Rossi on the factory car instead of the typical Martini only.
Toyota was the event sponsor and fielded a team of three Toyota Team Europe Group B Celicas for Bjorn Waldegaard, Lars-Erik Torph and Steve Millen. Steve is Rod Millen’s older brother and raced Off-Road stadium trucks for Toyota. Here is Waldegaard and his Toyota,
American rally legend John Buffum was there with is Audi of America supported Sport Quattro. Michele Mouton drove the car at Pikes Peak in 1985, and JB had been battling Rod Millen in his AWD RX-7 in the US SCCA Pro-Rally series.
Rod Millen was entered in a Group A Mazda 323 GTX, since his custom built RX-7 AWD he usually competed with wasn’t homologated for the WRC.
“Monster” Tajima and Jean Lindamood in a Suzuki Cultus (Swift).
Volkswagen of America had a couple of Golf’s in the event. They were prepared by Guy Light’s Light Performance Works.
Gary English entered the Alfa Ricambi sponsored Alfa Romeo Alfetta GT. I’m a dyed in the wool Alfisti, so I had to take a picture. Too bad about the background…