Video of the Day: 1980s Group B rally cars in action

They were called the ‘Killer Bees’ and they were loud and fast, and here they are for your enjoyment

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Audi quattro
Audi's quattro was among the last of the Group B rally stars

Casual Car Guy has compiled a 12-minute, 47-second video of Group B rally cars from the 1980s in action. 

Known as the “Killer Bees,” cars such as the Peugeot 205 T16, Renault T5 and MG Metro 6R4 tended to be compact hatchbacks with powerful engines where the automaker put the back seat in civilian versions.

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The cars were fast and loud and shot flames out their exhaust pipes, but they also were dangerous (as were the spectators who challenged the cars as though they were at a bullfight) and finally were banned from rallying (the cars, not the spectators).

But there were amazing while the fun lasted.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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