Hannu Mikkola was recently lured out of retirement to compete in the Dunlop Otago Classic Rally. He was partnered by former RAC Rally winner Tony Mason, who last co-drove him in the 1970s. They were aboard a full-spec Gp4 1981 BDA Escort
The two-day, 600km event near Dunedin featured special stages over gravel roads and forest tracks, and Mikkola showed his class by quickly moving into a lead he would hold until the penultimate stage.
Sadly, he slid wide on a fast downhill bend and hit a rock, breaking a rear wheel and the suspension. This dropped them to fourth, one place ahead of Björn Waldegård’s Escort; he’d hit the same rock!