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MAGAZINE - PUBLISHED ON DECEMBER 8TH 2011
In the magazine: Group B celebration
To celebrate 25 years since the end of Group B, this week's AUTOSPORT magazine goes overboard in tribute to rallying's most lethal weapons with all the cars and some of the stars as well

Hannu Mikkola Audi Quattro 1985 WRC

To celebrate 25 years since the end of rallying's most extreme era, Group B, AUTOSPORT magazine has got a rare treat for you this week.

So if you're depressed about the current state of the World Rally Championship, indulge in the monsters of the scene from the 1980s as David Evans remenisces about the stars and cars.

Allan McNish tests a fire-breathing Audi Quattro (definitely no diesel required), and Evans gets a go in a Ford RS200 and a Metro 6R4. Rose-tinted glasses not needed here.

If that's not enough rallying fever for you, this week's Race of my Life brings you everyone's favourite Finnish former MEP Ari Vatanen. Which obviously means it's Rally of my Life, but you'll have to read the mag to find out what he's chosen…

Exclusive Alonso interview - Fernando Alonso may have been considerably further away from winning the world championship with Ferrari in 2011 than he was in 2010, but he's pretty happy with life at Maranello.

The two-time world champion sits down with Adam Cooper to try to put his finger on what went wrong this season, tell why he thinks Ferrari will resolve this, and give his thoughts about his long-term future with the Prancing Horse.

And he can't resist a cheeky little dig at McLaren either…

AUTOSPORT Awards - The annual motorsport shindig of the season – aka the AUTOSPORT Awards – attracted the glitterati of racing and rallying to celebrate the 2011 season.

All the highlights are in this week's magazine, including world champion Sebastian Vettel, 2009 king Jenson Button and a young star of the future in the form of McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award winner Oliver Rowland.

What's next for Robert Wickens? - Canadian talent Robert Wickens has been on the scene for a while, but the 2011 season brought him the championship his talent deserves in the form of the Formula Renault 3.5 title. Now he wants to race in F1, but opportunities are scarce, he tells Peter Mills.

Peter Gethin tribute - Sad news arrived on Monday concerning the death from illness of Peter Gethin. Our two-page tribute, by Paul Fearnley, looks back at the colourful life of a great British sportsman.

Read this week's AUTOSPORT digital magazine.

  FEATURES FROM DEC 8, 2011 - DEC 14, 2011
In the magazine: Group B celebration
Ten things you may not know about Formula 1 engines
By Jonathan Noble
Romain Grosjean: F1's loss, DTM's gain?
By Glenn Freeman
The 2011 GP2 Series review
By Glenn Freeman
The 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup review
By Diego Mejia
Why FOTA may have a future after all
By Dieter Rencken
Why Grosjean deserves his second chance
By Tony Dodgins
The GT1 World Championship review
By Gary Watkins
Memories of the year: The ultimate car swap
By Andrew van de Burgt
The 2011 IndyCar Series review
By Charles Bradley
Memories of the year: Mr Motor Racing retires
By Kevin Turner
Di Resta: Making waves in Formula 1
By Adam Cooper
Bamber's Week
By Jim Bamber
Memories of the year: Meeting Simoncelli
By Sam Tremayne
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