Fea­ture: the fast and the Fin­nish

A WRC new­bie learns there’s a bizarre glimpse of hu­man­ity sand­wiched be­tween the speed

Car (South Africa) - - CONTENTS - BY: Gareth Dean

BROADLY speak­ing, a walk in the for­est is seen as a serene ex­pe­ri­ence where the mind can wan­der and the weary town dweller can re­lax. But, in the depths of the forests out­side Jyväskylä, Fin­land, such va­garies are queued to the back of my mind. They’re stand­ing rmly be­hind the nu­mer­ous vin­tage Youtube clips of som­er­sault­ing rally cars pan­cak­ing hap­less spec­ta­tors and the fact that, at most, a cou­ple of r saplings and yel­low tape are all which sep­a­rate me from the snarling streaks of gaily liv­er­ied hatch­backs whip­ping past.

You may think this sen­ti­ment lame, what with the nal day of the Neste Rally Fin­land abuzz with the no­tion that my host, Toy­ota, and its trio of nan­drolone-in­fused Gazoo Rac­ing Yarises look set to net a one-twothree Fin­nish nish. You need to un­der­stand, to me, mo­tor­sport – es­pe­cially ral­ly­ing – doesn’t sit at the fore­front of my in­ter­ests, so I’m view­ing the event in the veins of both sport­ing event and an­thro­po­log­i­cal study which I logged over three days.

Gath­ered fans cheer on Toy­ota Gazoo Rac­ing’s O Tä­nak (be­low).

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