A great sound from a competition car on full song is as important as a memorable livery (you know, Gulf blue-and-orange, Martini stripes, Jägermeister orange-and-brown, Subaru blue-and-yellow, Alitalia red-and-green and so on), an evocative smell (think Castrol R, tortured rubber and that delicious odour of wet mud on a hot exhaust) and the speed at which what you’re watching travels. For the full wow factor, you need all three.
And the World Rally Championship has made a decent fist of ticking all those boxes down the years. If you’ve been out in the forests for many years, you’ll have marvelled at the look, sound and speed of many of rallying’s greats, with heroic drivers keeping them shiny-side-up between the trees.
With the Forest Rally Stage at the Festival of Speed, on which a horde of great rally machines will do battle, just a few weeks away, we’ve thought about which rally cars have made the biggest impression on fans’ ears. These are the five that immediately spring to mind.