Snorty M3s Aren’t the Only Reason to Watch the Manx Rally


Snorty M3s Aren’t the Only Reason to Watch the Manx Rally

This week, we turn the time machine’s dial to the 14th of September, 1988, and arrive on the blustery shores of the Isle of Man for the RAC’s season finale. This Manx International Rally, which witnessed a tight three-way contest for the British championship, proved that this dot of earth in the Irish sea was made for more than just motorcycles.

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

If you’ve browsed Manx rally footage before, you’ll no doubt remember the title card for this video, showing road rally ace Patrick Snijers and his now-infamous drive in an E30 M3 at the Manx. But the title card in ’88 wasn’t Snijers and his slithering E30 (though you’ve got to hand it to Snijers who at one point pulled out a 30-second lead in the rally’s overall classification), but the aforementioned tie for the British title. Jimmy McRae had built a lead heading into the rally behind the wheel of a Ford Sierra RS Cosworth, chasing his fifth British title. He was tailed by Pentti Airikkala in a Mitsubishi Starion Turbo and Malcolm Wilson, who piloted a Vauxhall Astra GTE.