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    Quote Originally Posted by Leon
    There was a rumour back then that Snijers was practicing the stages for a whole week before the rally but I don´t know if this is true. Anyone?
    Back then all top drivers did that (from what I heard), I believe there were no real restrictions to recce back then... Before Ypres the "training" began weeks before the event, in the GroupB-era, drivers who drove a Gr.B in competition also had a similar Gr.B for recce/training, for example Snijers had a 037 for training, and some Italian driver drove that car during the rallies (even in official review-videos from Ypres and from the Belgian championship they mentioned it like that). I'm too young to have experienced those times, but it happens now and then that I hear stories about that "training" before the Ypres rally years ago, people were waiting hours to see some cars passing by, on competition-speed. Spectators blocked the roads so drivers should not be worried about other traffic, etc... Times have changed, I'm sure there still is some illegal recce in all events (you can't ever stop it completely), but nothing like those "training weeks" that happened 20-30 years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leon
    There was a rumour back then that Snijers was practicing the stages for a whole week before the rally but I don´t know if this is true. Anyone?
    I think the recce rules were different back then. I remember interviews with drivers competing in Rally Poland in early nineties (Snijers, Droogmans, Weber, Holowczyc, Przybylski and others) and they were officially talking of practicing stages 6, 7 or 8 times.
    http://www.rallymadness.prv.pl - rally photos and movies!

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    Greek championship rally Achaios(asphalt) 23 times just one long stage(Fteri) by the Greek multi champion(Kirkos).Practicing with Kadett gsi and Ford sierra cosworth(2wd) at rally.If i remeber correct must be 1988-9?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tommeke_B
    Back then all top drivers did that (from what I heard), I believe there were no real restrictions to recce back then... Before Ypres the "training" began weeks before the event, in the GroupB-era, drivers who drove a Gr.B in competition also had a similar Gr.B for recce/training, for example Snijers had a 037 for training, and some Italian driver drove that car during the rallies (even in official review-videos from Ypres and from the Belgian championship they mentioned it like that). I'm too young to have experienced those times, but it happens now and then that I hear stories about that "training" before the Ypres rally years ago, people were waiting hours to see some cars passing by, on competition-speed. Spectators blocked the roads so drivers should not be worried about other traffic, etc... Times have changed, I'm sure there still is some illegal recce in all events (you can't ever stop it completely), but nothing like those "training weeks" that happened 20-30 years ago.
    Even the police had no problem with that, at those times, crazy stories

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    Quote Originally Posted by tommeke_B
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkYx3mHSR5Y - A video that deserves to be in this thread too. Patrick Snijers in the Manx Rally, stunning what he showed there... Patrick still claims that this is the best car he ever drove (compared to the competition he was against).
    that video is simply legendary!

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    Very good professional TV report in English from 1998 Rally of Poland, produced by ESPN.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htvzkEEogf0

    Starring:
    Krzysztof Holowczyc
    Alex Fiorio
    Toni Gardemeister
    Janusz Kulig
    Gianmarino Zenere
    Robert Gryczynski
    Alexander Potapov
    Sergei Baldykov
    and many others...
    http://www.rallymadness.prv.pl - rally photos and movies!

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    Another report from ERC 1998 by ESPN. This time Rali Vinho da Madeira.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZbn...feature=relmfu

    Starring:
    Andrea Aghini
    Andrea Navarra
    Armin Schwarz
    Gilles Panizzi
    Adruzilo Lopes
    and many others...
    http://www.rallymadness.prv.pl - rally photos and movies!

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    Ypres 1997 in Japanese

    YPRES RALLY 1997' - YouTube

    Starring:
    Bruno Thiry
    Freddy Loix
    Andrea Aghini
    Patrick Snijers
    Gregoire de Mevius
    Henrik Lundgaard
    Bernard Munster
    Gaby Goedezeune
    Chris van Woensel

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    Quote Originally Posted by mousti
    Ypres 1997 in Japanese

    YPRES RALLY 1997' - YouTube
    Uokarimas
    "With that car, your brain can actually never keep up"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4IRMYuE1hI

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    Rali de Ypres 2003 - CER (Participação Miguel Campos) - YouTube

    Ypres 2003 in Portuguese

    Starring:
    Miguel Campos
    Bruno Thiry
    Patrick Snijers
    Pieter Tsjoen
    Pascal Gaban
    Ville-Perti Teuronen
    Timothy van Parijs

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