Dutch rally great Het­tema killed

Motor Sport News - - Historics -

In­ter­na­tional ral­ly­ing lost a no­table char­ac­ter when Jan Het­tema was shot and killed dur­ing a rob­bery at his home in South Africa last week.

Het­tema, who was 82, left Hol­land with his par­ents in 1939 for a new life in South Africa and had a suc­cess­ful cy­cling ca­reer.

He com­peted in the 1956 Olympic Games in Mel­bourne but was later banned when he won £10 in prize money and was de­clared a pro­fes­sional.

He turned to ral­ly­ing and won the South African ti­tle five times across four decades and won 37 na­tional events.

He con­tested the Monte Carlo Rally six times and also found fame for ral­ly­ing the lo­cal Can-am ver­sion of the Chevro­let Firenza.

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