New Zealand Classic Car - - Automobilia -

After Ford’s with­drawal from the World Rally Cham­pi­onship in 1978, Ari Vata­nen switched over to the Roth­mans Rally Team and would go on to take his first win in the Ford Es­cort RS1800 MKII at the Acrop­o­lis Rally of Greece in 1980 — known for be­ing ex­tremely tough on com­pet­ing cars and driv­ers due to the very dusty, rough, and rocky moun­tain roads around Athens dur­ing the Greek hot sum­mer pe­riod. Vata­nen would go on to be­come the first driver to earn the ti­tle World Rally Cham­pion with­out an of­fi­cial fac­tory team the fol­low­ing year — a feat that re­mains un­bro­ken to this day.

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