The Olympus Rally is a legendary event that people used to hear about in the advertising campaigns of big car manufacturers. In the 1980s, big car companies like Toyota, Nissan, Audi and Lancia had factory backed rally teams racing through the backroads surrounding Seattle Washington. It even used to be a leg of the World Rally Championship! That’s right – WRC on US soil!
If you love the glory days of WRC like I do, watch this video, which features cars like the Lancia Delta Integrale, Audi Quattro, Nismo S12 200SX, Toyota Team Europe‘s MA70 Supra and a privateer AE82 Corolla FX-16 GT-S! There’s even a few short clips of Rod Millen driving a Mazda 323 GTX (Mazda Familia) all wheel drive rally car! This 5 minute rally clip aired briefly on an Olympia, Washington TV channel in June of 1987. This clip was being shown to promote the 1987 Olympus Rally. It is footage from the 1986 World Rally season. Originally produced and edited by Bret Dodd.
I wish there were still rally events like this on US soil, where I could watch several of these great rally cars from the 1980s racing through the dirt! I think I’m getting some inspiration to attend some of the Rally America events this year…
:: Antonio Alvendia