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For Flying Fords, You Can't Beat the Manx

Road & Track logo Road & Track 12/3/2021 Kyle Kinard
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Our time machine clicks back to the nostalgia-and-Kodachrome tinted year of 1979, dropping us on a small spit of land in the Irish Sea, The Isle of Man. You'll no doubt know this isle as the home of the TT, the annual insaneballs motorcycle rally wherein riders ping-pong between ancient rock walls and overgrown hedges at triple-digit speed. (If you haven't seen footage of the TT, I 'm not sure exactly what you're doing with your life, but it ain't good, brother).

But the Isle of Man also hosts an annual race of the four-wheeled variety, the Manx International Rally (now called Rally Isle of Man), and it's every bit as spectacular, taking to the sinuous, narrow tarmac of the island.

Hark! It's Rally Go-Go!, a hit of vintage rally footage to send you flying sideways into the weekend.

While most Rally Go Go! columns cover more context for each of these rallies, that's far less interesting in this case than just absorbing the vintage footage here. This video covers a few select corners of the rally and simply watches the competitors lancing through in a processional. Murray Walker's heartfelt excitement is laid over top of the footage (editor's note: we miss you dearly, Murray), and the whole thing is backfilled by the sound of revvy, screaming inline-fours (and the occasional Rover V-8).

If boxy rally rockets are your jam, check this 1979 Manx rally footage © VHS Rallies/YouTube If boxy rally rockets are your jam, check this 1979 Manx rally footage

Sure, there are a few sound bites from one competitor or another, as the Manx's rate of attrition bites into the field of cars and drivers. But this footage is foremost a visual feast, backed up by an absolutely delightful soundtrack. If you've got even a passing interest in boxy Fords with outrageous fender flares bolted on, well, you'll enjoy every second of this action from the Manx.

For more archival action, go check out VHS Rallies on YouTube, an unrivaled treasure trove of vintage rally footage.

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