Group A

Olympus Rally 1987

30 years ago, the Olympus Rally got underway in late June.  This year, the rally was to be run as a full manufacturer and driver points event, unlike 1986 where it was driver points only.  Running for full manufacturer points meant that the works teams sent a full entry.  However, due to the banning of Group B at the end of 1986, the rally was run under Group A, so it was a transition year from the highly evolved B’s to the new A’s.

The rally got underway on a Friday with “Mickey Mouse” spectator stages near the Tacoma Dome and a run up the hill behind Golden Gardens Park in Seattle.  After that was out of the way, the real stages got underway in the late afternoon near Shelton, WA.

I had to work on the Friday, so I was only able to make it to one of the Shelton stages after getting off work and only took one picture on the stage for some reason.  Probably due to the dust, which I recall as really bad, hanging in the trees with no breeze to move it along.

img001wThis is Markku Alen in the Group A Lancia Delta.  I believe this is the infamous stage where an unaware local got onto the stage in a Ford Mustang and preceded to hold Alen up, oblivious to what was going on behind them.  Alen was livid for a while and then can be seen laughing about it a bit later in some videos I’ve seen of the event.