This was my first year going to the Concours d’America, probably the best (stationary) car show outside of Pebble Beach. This year featured a number of incredible rally cars that I never imagined I would see in person.

Day 1: The Warmup

Stratos <3, all photos by author

The first event was Saturday at the Cars and Coffee. Jalopnik’s David Tracy and I went there to enter the Moab XJ in the Concours d’LeMons, and the C&C was in the adjacent parking lot.

As soon as we arrived, we were greeted by this gorgeous Lancia Stratos. I know they talked about it on Top Gear, but the small size is hard to believe until you see it in person.

The other stars of Saturday were these two:

A McRae Focus and a Burns Subaru. Two legends in one place! Let’s start with the Focus:

That wheel gap tho

I need that much suspension travel in my life.

So that’s what a rally car interior is supposed to look like

Now to the Subaru:

Quattro goodness! I was told these are replicas, but they look awesome.

This Escort RS2000 was beautiful. I want to be inside of it sideways.

Opel Manta looked like it’s been having fun.

This was that Volvo 142 that Raphael Orlove got to drive a while ago. Sexy!

The Team Illuminata Motorsports 911 was there as well:

The awesome Lancia Fulvia HF! V4 FWD and all kinds of cool:

Next to it, a lovely Escort RS1800:

This was just a teaser for tomorrow though.

Day 2: The Show

Sunday was the actual Concours. Honestly, I was not prepared for what I was about to see. As we’re walking through the rows of beautiful classics and expensive modern cars, I see this in the distance and freeze:

A Lancia 037! In real life!

And now the details:

Two shocks per wheel!

I got to sit in it!

On to the next Lancia, an S4:

Wheel turbines!

The last Group B car that was there was this beauty, the MG Metro 6R4:

Back to the glory of RWD with this lovely Fiat 131:

Last but definitely not least, there was an Alpina A110:

Bonus! They did a parade of the rally cars before the awards, and the driver of the 037 let me hop in the passenger seat!

BEST DAY EVER!

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Santiago Daniel Iglesias is an amateur rally driver competing in the
Central US region in an E36 BMW 328is. Follow Escuderia Boricua on
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