THE RALLY MASTER
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.