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Fog and tears
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Monte Carlo Rally is the oldest and most prestigious of WRC events but right behind it comes what once was known as RAC Rally, now renamed as Rally GB. Even though british success on their home event was relatively nonexistent before Colin's and Richard's hat tricks, the RAC Rally has enjoyed almost unparalled support from both the local and foreign spectators.

In late fall, weather in UK is predominantly wet. Indeed, it is for rain, fog and mud that RAC Rally is known for. And it is the weather which makes this rally so challenging. If forest stages would be dry, rally would not be that different from many other smooth gravel rallies. But when wet, surface turns muddy and grip is at premium.

Besides the weather, another unique feature of the rally was the fact that for a long it had secret route. Only in 1989 pace notes were allowed on spectator stages of the first day and next year crews could carry out recce on entire route. Reason for recce ban was the fact that all stages were held in a private land because law forbade public roads to be closed in order to be used for rallies (until 1997 when Jim Clark Memorial became first closed public road rally in british mainland).

Tears of both joy and disappointment have flowed freely in RAC. It has traditionally been the final rally of the season and overall winner has often gone almost forgotten while championship winners and losers have stolen the limelight. The most tragic scene unfolded in 1998 at Margam Park when engine of Carlos Sainz's Corolla expired, just 500 meters from the end of the stage, costing spaniard his third world title in a most cruel way.

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Previous winners
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 1973:   Makinen, Timo   Ford Escort RS1600   74.01 km/h 
 1974:   Makinen, Timo   Ford Escort RS1600    
 1975:   Makinen, Timo   Ford Escort RS1800    
 1976:   Clark, Roger   Ford Escort RS1800   83.44 km/h 
 1977:   Waldegard, Bjorn   Ford Escort RS1800   78.78 km/h 
 1978:   Mikkola, Hannu   Ford Escort RS1800   81.39 km/h 
 1979:   Mikkola, Hannu   Ford Escort RS1800   82.06 km/h 
 1980:   Toivonen, Henri   Talbot Sunbeam   83.66 km/h 
 1981:   Mikkola, Hannu   Audi quattro   84.71 km/h 
 1982:   Mikkola, Hannu   Audi quattro   87.58 km/h 
 1983:   Blomqvist, Stig   Audi quattro A2   90.17 km/h 
 1984:   Vatanen, Ari   Peugeot 205 Turbo 16   93.09 km/h 
 1985:   Toivonen, Henri   Lancia Delta S4   89.75 km/h 
 1986:   Salonen, Timo   Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 E2   96.35 km/h 
 1987:   Kankkunen, Juha   Lancia Delta HF 4WD   90.73 km/h 
 1988:   Alen, Markku   Lancia Delta Integrale   83.25 km/h 
 1989:   Airikkala, Pentti   Mitsubishi Galant VR-4   95.46 km/h 
 1990:   Sainz, Carlos   Toyota Celica GT-4 (ST165)   98.98 km/h 
 1991:   Kankkunen, Juha   Lancia Delta HF Integrale 16v   97.86 km/h 
 1992:   Sainz, Carlos   Toyota Celica Turbo 4WD (ST185)   99.31 km/h 
 1993:   Kankkunen, Juha   Toyota Celica Turbo 4WD (ST185)   85.22 km/h 
 1994:   McRae, Colin   Subaru Impreza 555   98.42 km/h 
 1995:   McRae, Colin   Subaru Impreza 555   99.06 km/h 
 1997:   McRae, Colin   Subaru Impreza WRC97   97.49 km/h 
 1998:   Burns, Richard   Mitsubishi Carisma GT   98.99 km/h 
 1999:   Burns, Richard   Subaru Impreza WRC99   99.96 km/h 
 2000:   Burns, Richard   Subaru Impreza WRC2000   102.44 km/h 
 2001:   Gronholm, Marcus   Peugeot 206WRC (2001)   104.42 km/h 
 2002:   Solberg, Petter   Subaru Impreza WRC2002   104.68 km/h 
 2003:   Solberg, Petter   Subaru Impreza WRC2003   108.19 km/h 
 2004:   Solberg, Petter   Subaru Impreza WRC2004   106.18 km/h 
 2005:   Solberg, Petter   Subaru Impreza WRC2005   107.52 km/h 
 2006:   Gronholm, Marcus   Ford Focus RS WRC 06   106.56 km/h 
 2007:   Hirvonen, Mikko   Ford Focus RS WRC 07   106.35 km/h 
 2008:   Loeb, Sebastien   Citroen C4 WRC   101.13 km/h 
 2009:   Loeb, Sebastien   Citroen C4 WRC   106.39 km/h 
 2010:   Loeb, Sebastien   Citroen C4 WRC   106.10 km/h 
 2011:   Latvala, Jari-Matti   Ford Fiesta RS WRC   102.44 km/h 
 2012:   Latvala, Jari-Matti   Ford Fiesta RS WRC   106.14 km/h 
 2013:   Ogier, Sebastien   Volkswagen Polo R WRC   101.68 km/h 
 2014:   Ogier, Sebastien   Volkswagen Polo R WRC   100.14 km/h 
 2015:   Ogier, Sebastien   Volkswagen Polo R WRC   101.67 km/h 
 2016:   Ogier, Sebastien   Volkswagen Polo R WRC   102.43 km/h 
Rain and fog
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In typical RAC conditions the last thing you want is to get your windscreen wipers entangled. Click picture to see larger version in a pop-up window
It doesn't always rain
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Even if sun makes occasional appearance, stage surface never really dries up. This is Burns in 1997. Click picture to see larger version in a pop-up window
Mickey mouse
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In the past, first day consisted of very short spectator stages, a Mickey Mouse stuff like Colin summed it up. Click picture to see larger version in a pop-up window
Driver wins
  Mikkola, Hannu (4)
  Ogier, Sebastien (4)
  Solberg, Petter (4)
  Burns, Richard (3)
  Kankkunen, Juha (3)
  Loeb, Sebastien (3)
  Makinen, Timo (3)
  McRae, Colin (3)
  Gronholm, Marcus (2)
  Latvala, Jari-Matti (2)
  Sainz, Carlos (2)
  Toivonen, Henri (2)
  Airikkala, Pentti (1)
  Alen, Markku (1)
  Blomqvist, Stig (1)
  Clark, Roger (1)
  Hirvonen, Mikko (1)
  Salonen, Timo (1)
  Vatanen, Ari (1)
  Waldegard, Bjorn (1)
Manufacturer wins
  Ford (11)
  Subaru (9)
  Lancia (4)
  Volkswagen (4)
  Audi (3)
  Citroen (3)
  Peugeot (3)
  Toyota (3)
  Mitsubishi (2)
  Talbot (1)
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