There is a saying in the rally world, “press on regardless” that perfectly describes the fierce need rally crews have to get to the finish. Sometimes in the heat of the moment, competitors drive cars that can’t be driven, simply because they have to.
A couple of years ago at the Rally of the Tall Pines, Canadian rally star Pat Richard was leading the rally on the final stage. A bad landing tore a front brake hose. Ever the competitor, Richard lost little time in crimping off the offending line with a pair of vice-grips, hopped back in the car and kept going. This had forced the rear brake on that side to do all of the work and by the time the Subaru cross the finish line, the rear brake was flaming. Rather than watch the car go up in flames and lose the rally, Richard grabbed a water bottle from a police officer that was nearby and used it to extinguish the flames. Once again, Richard got back in the car, despite the protests of the OPP, who said the car was unsafe and he couldn’t drive it. Richard pushed past the officers and made it to the finish, to win the rally.
The guys in the final thirty seconds or so of this compilation of crashes from the 2013 Rally Estonia are a perfect example of the spirit of pressing on regardless. After a terrifying roll in their MkI Ford Escort, these bad boys fire up the engine and keep on keeping on. Bashed and battered, without a windshield, these guys got back on the road.