Top Five of 2012: Rally
While the current stars of the World Rally Championship strut their stuff on the other side of the world in Rally New Zealand, cast your mind back almost 20 years to the 1993 event.
Unique among world rally championship events, Rally Sweden offers the only chance for the world’s top drivers to show off their extraordinary talents entirely on snow and ice. Threading powerful rally cars along frozen forest tracks that you’d struggle to walk on is the preserve of the very best. In fact, any of the great champions would admit that a Rally Sweden victory is a vital inclusion on their CV.
I have great respect for rally navigators. It is the very definition of huge cojones (or possibly madness) to sit next to a mad rally driver while shouting instructions that he can barely hear as you blast past all manner of hazards completely sideways on what ever traction-free surface the day has conjured up, all at well over 100 miles per hour.
By Dallas Dogger
Up until the 1982 Bathurst car race, Australian touring car legend and Bathurst winner, Kevin Bartlett had only rolled once in his 25 year motorsport career – Until the 1982 2GO International rally.
The 1973 Monte Carlo Rally is remembered for many things – protests, police intervention, blizzards, and a week of long, tortuous stages. However, how many of you knew it was future Formula 1 winner Patrick Tambay’s first rally?