Rally fans add colour to the course, to the service points of the great WRC rounds, and to national championships. Many make the pilgrimage from far flung places to witness to the action firsthand. Thanks to these fans, remote village folk get a rude awakening from their sleepy habits for a short time before sinking back into their quiet, secluded lives. With the growing popularity of rallying, spectator numbers increased to virtually uncontrollable levels – particularly in the southern countries where emotions spilled over. People played with cars like the matadors with their bulls. And in Portugal in 1986 it all became too much.