My good friend and fellow rally nut, Denton Morris went with me and my older brother to the Olympus. Denton is now a physicist at Fermi Labs and also a professional photographer. He graciously scanned his photos and allowed me to post them here. You can see his recent work at his website www.dentonmorris.com. The photos below are Denton’s property and he holds all the rights to them, please contact him directly, or me and I will put you in touch, if you wish to reuse them.
Scrutineering was held on a late Thursday afternoon in early December in Tacoma, WA at the Tacoma Dome. We hung around in the parking lot and caught the cars as they arrived.
John Buffum / Neil Wilson in the short wheelbase Sport Quattro.
The late Jon Woodner in his Peugeot 205 T-16. This was one of the 200 road going homologation cars that Jon had converted to rally specs in the UK as Peugeot Sport would not sell him an ex-works car.
Rod Millen got his Mazda 323 GTX ready in the parking lot.
The factory Peugeot of Juha Kankunnen was also sitting in the parking lot. We couldn’t believe that we were actually seeing a real works car.
BTW that is me in the back in the red coat :-).
The cars were rolled into the Tacoma Dome via the service entrance.
This is a really cool shot that I’m glad Denton took of the floor of the Tacoma Dome while scrutineering was going on. Note all the Toyota banners and the new for 1986 Toyotas outside of the scruitineering area. Toyota was the sponsor of the rally, but since manufacturers are not allowed to sponsor rallies, there was some creative bending of the rules and looking the other way by the FIA.
Toyota Team Europe had 3 Group B Celicas entered. Here is Bjorn Waldegaard’s #3.
TTE entered a car for Rod’s brother Steve Millen. Steve drove Stadium trucks for Toyota. Maybe this was a reward…
I haven’t been able to find the name of the crew, but apparently this was the last WRC event for the venerable Saab 96 after 30 years of service. After 1986 it was no longer eligible.
The local crew of Whiting / Damitio’s Toyota undergoes inspection. The car was sponsored by the local Olympia Toyota dealer.
Markku Alen’s Lancia Delta S4 undergoes inspection.
The Alessandrini brothers privately entered Delta S4 in the scruitineering area.
Guy Light’s Light Performance Works had prepared two Golf GTI’s entered for Volkwagen of America. Walter Boyce was the driver of one, Guy was the driver of the other.