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Sunday Cinema – Group B, Rochester Fuel Injection, St. Louis Bank Robbery

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This week’s piece on the Carrera Panamericana Lincoln brought up the dangers of racing on public roads, and no series in the history of motorsport better illustrated those perils than Group B Rally racing. Introduced by a change in FIA regulations in 1982, the Group B series only lasted into the 1986 season before a string of fatal accidents (some including spectators) re-wrote the rule book. Rally Group B – Tribute, from Icemanrider1, demonstrates the jaw-dropping speed of these cars, as well as the ever-present risk faced by drivers, navigators and spectators wanting to get close to the action.


Fuel injection was new technology for an American automaker in 1957, so in order to explain the benefits (improved performance, better fuel economy, no icing or stalling on hills) of its Rochester-built system to the car-buying public, General Motors produced this short video. To reassure consumers that the carburetor wasn’t going away, the film also details how many different carburetor models were being assembled by the plant in 1957 (39 for those keeping score at home). We found this video on Mac’s Motor City Garage, but it’s also part of the King Rose Archives.


To date, most Sunday Cinema films have been heavy on the car chase scenes. Despite its name, The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery, found on Timeless Classic Movies, lacks an abundance of squealing tires and sliding cars, though it does feature a very young Steve McQueen as a getaway driver in his first big screen appearance following 1958’s The Blob. The film is based upon a true story, and reportedly used many of the real-life police officers involved in the original case as extras. From our perspective, it also serves up some great opportunities for carspotting; what do you see here?