Since 1973, the World Rally Championship has been regarded as the ultimate sporting test of man and machine.
It's a championship which has seen the likes of the Colin McRae, Björn Waldegård, Marcus Grönholm and Richard Burns battle it out in the fiercest of conditions.
The WRC has seen its coverage and popularity wane since its inception, but it has a dedicated fanbase and continues to attract new entries, including the new Volkswagen Polo WRC.
Hyundai is also preparing an entry for the 2014 season, in the form of its Hyundai i20 WRC, and recent regulation changes look set to increase the sport's appeal to other manufacturers.
Click through the gallery above to view some of the highlights from the past 40 years of the WRC.