On track with the Group C monsters

On track with the Group C monsters

In the build up to our Group C magazine special, we look back to an AUTOSPORT-arranged Group C test from 2008. Having 'persuaded' Sam Hancock to try some, only a blow to the head would stop him talking about it...

June 14 1987. I remember the day perfectly. I was seven years old, and turned on the TV to see that a British racing driver called Derek Bell had just taken his fifth Le Mans win aboard the most jaw-droppingly gorgeous racing car I had ever seen, the Rothmans Porsche 962C.

This was an epiphany. Dozens of my drawing books, which had until then been filled with countless scrawls of Formula 1 cars such as Benettons (because they were bright), McLarens (because they were easy to draw) and Zakspeeds (because, er… well, I have no answer for that), were soon overwhelmed by an invasion of a mighty new species: Group C.

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