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Björn Waldegård, who sadly died in 2014, be­gan ral­ly­ing VW Bee­tles in the mid 1960s. His ex­ploits in a Sca­nia Vabis-spon­sored 1600 TL and the fol­low­ing year in a 911S in the Swedish rally cham­pi­onships at­tracted the at­ten­tion of Huschke von Hanstein. This led to a place in the Porsche rally team where he won the 1969 and ’70 Monte Carlo ral­lies be­fore Porsche with­drew from Euro­pean ral­ly­ing. After two un­suc­cess­ful at­tempts at the Sa­fari in works 911s in 1972 and ’74, the Swede left Porsche for faster mounts in the shape of the Lan­cia Stratos then the Ford Es­cort RS, win­ning his first World Rally ti­tle in 1979. He drove for Toy­ota in Group A through the 1980s and in re­tire­ment turned to his­toric ral­ly­ing in Porsches pre­pared by Tuthill. His vic­tory in the 2011 Sa­fari rally, now a his­toric event, driv­ing a Tuthill-pre­pared 911 (be­low) showed that at 67 he had lost lit­tle of his old skills.

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