A reminder that racing wagons are awesome

Good morning and happy Wagon Wednesday. This post is here to serve as your reminder that racing wagons were most certainly a thing, and that they were also quite awesome. Volvo raced the 850 in the British Touring Car Championship. So if you’ve ever wondered just how fantastic a liveried-up wagon can look, see above as your Exhibit A(wesome).
Someone needs to recreate this style on a V60 Polestar. That combination of current Volvo wagon greatness and classic racing history would cause our brain to explode with wonder and our hearts to grow three sizes.
We need more wagons, folks. When someone tells you that they’re boring, show them this picture… and smack them in the face a little too, because they don’t get it.
[Image stolen from Jalopnik]

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13 responses to “A reminder that racing wagons are awesome”

    1. Vairship Avatar

      A mid-engined, rear-drivered wagon at that!

  1. Letstakeawalk Avatar

    Let’s not forget the race when the wagons came in 1 and 2, with the second wagon following the first in the rain. The first had to turn on its hazards so the second driver could see, having lost his wipers.
    Did I hallucinate that?

  2. Maymar Avatar

    Would a Rote Sau E63 AMG wagon be blasphemous or awesome? Or blasphemawesome?
    I can’t think of any iconic VW racing liveries, but it’d be nice to do something similar to the excellent Golf Wagon as well.

    1. 1slowvw Avatar

      I’m somewhat fond of the vw motor sports white and blue.

  3. mdharrell Avatar

    Volvo wagons should be turned into race cars, you say? I’ll keep that in mind.

    1. Alff Avatar


  4. outback_ute Avatar

    The year after they raced in BTCC, the wagon was sent downunder, where it also didn’t win anything other than fan’s hearts (insert vomit smilie)
    Apparently the whole wagon racing thing happened by accident – when the race team went to pick up the bodyshell to build the first prototype there weren’t any sedan shells available, so they took a wagon instead. Subsequent investigations showed no aero disadvantage, so they stayed with the wagon for the publicity. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ea8ce507415dc7040c47b9694bcd8cf3590eb9596e06c081e86baa4cb32ab773.jpg

  5. neight428 Avatar

    Make mine a ’65 Falcon, set it up for road racing to the grocery store.