Articles tagged Pentti Airikkala

Page 75 of June 1977 archive issue thumbnail Page 75, June 1977

International Welsh Rally

Single car or single driver domination doesn't really make for exciting competition, but four different makes leading the finishers into Cardiff in mid-May ended a stirring contest indeed, even if significantly enough, they were all driven by foreigners. Most noteworthy was that the winning car was a Vauxhall Chevette (top), its Finnish driver Pentti Airikkala providing Britain's Dealer Team...

Page 30 of February 1990 archive issue thumbnail Page 30, February 1990


Prospects for 1990 BY THE time this issue of MOTOR SPORT appears, the Monte Carlo Rally, first round of the 1990 World Rally Championship, will be over, and an indication given as to which crews and cars are likely to be the best performers during the year. Already from 1989 we have Lancia, Toyota, Mitsubishi and Mazda, whilst coming soon in 1990 will be a biggerengined Mazda, a 4WD Ford Sierra...

Page 38 of October 1982 archive issue thumbnail Page 38, October 1982

Rally of the Thousand Lakes

RALLY REVIEW Rally of the Thousand Lakes THERE was once a popular notion among rally organisers that they need only announce an event to bring a flood of entries from eager competitors. Some even felt that their events should be compulsory for the leading teams of the world, whilst others only even issued entry forms to those whom they selected. That kind of conceit has now gone. The days of...

Page 65 of February 1990 archive issue thumbnail Page 65, February 1990

Mobil 1 Rally Challenge

Mobil 1 Rally Challenge Barrie Hinchcliffe Productions Limited, Boston House, 36138 Fitzroy Square, London, W1P 5LL. Released by Virgin Vision. Running time — 115 mins. £9.99 For those who either missed BBC Grandstand's rally challenge, or for those who wish to have a permanent record of the event, this lengthy video is the answer. With the familiar voice of Steve Ryder providing the informative...

Page 40 of February 2011 archive issue thumbnail Page 40, February 2011


DSJ was a team playerSir, I do not wish to add fuel to the great team order debate, but I was reading through some back issues of Motor Sport — as I often do — when I came across the following passage by Jenks from the German Grand Prix of 1978 held at, of all places, the Hockenheimring: "Peterson led the race for four laps, until he and Andretti were well clear of the rest of the runners, and...

Page 67 of November 1977 archive issue thumbnail Page 67, November 1977

A testing session with the Dealer Team Vauxhall Chevette HS2300

A record that comprises two International rally wins well within the first year of competition is a record any manufacturer would be justly pleased with. Who the team goes under the popular "dealer team" guise, then the pride is still there, though General Motors executives cannot crow in quite the same way as their open factory opposition, for General Motors are not in competition, are they? As...

Page 68 of December 1985 archive issue thumbnail Page 68, December 1985

GM Dealer Sport

Maintaining a strong identity for two once distinct marques which have come together commercially is not an easy task, as witness Peugeot/Talbot. But the amalgamation of Vauxhall and Opel has been so complete that it is the parent company of GM which visually dominates the group's image, while British customers are apparently perfectly content with a car which differs only in name from its German...

Page 26 of December 1990 archive issue thumbnail Page 26, December 1990

Sanremo Rally

Sainz and Sinners When Italy's Sanremo Rally ended in victory for Frenchmen Didier Auriol and Bernard Occelli in their Martini-backed works Lancia, it could not have been a surprise to them that theirs was a triumph which was overshadowed by another. Spanish pair Carlos Sainz and Luis Moya got their Toyota Celica GT4 into third place, Sainz thereby scoring just enough points to clinch the title...

Page 14 of August 2003 archive issue thumbnail Page 14, August 2003

Giving it Pentti

Sir, I read with interest John Davenport's article about the Welsh Rally in the July issue because the 1977 event was a breakthrough rally for our Dealer Team Vauxhall HS Chevette. Based at Shepreth in Cambridgeshire, we had been told to get among the Fords at the earliest opportunity in our first season of development. Pentti Airikkala was our driver, very ably assisted by Colin Francis. The...

Page 34 of October 1990 archive issue thumbnail Page 34, October 1990

First non-Nordic driver to win

When the Safari Rally achieved world recognition and began to attract drivers from all over the globe, the visitors, even the most experienced and battle-hardened professionals found it very difficult indeed to beat the local crews. A special skill was required to do well on this event, and East African residents were so accustomed to local conditions and "reading the signs" that it was not until...



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