Articles tagged Petr Gross

Page 24 of April 1993 archive issue thumbnail Page 24, April 1993

King Francios the First - Rally of Portugal

It is a common belief that the Ford Escort came after the Ford Cortina, but this is a misconception. There was a Ford Escort made in the '50s, a kind of estate car, sister to the Squire and based on the Prefect of the time. It was never rallied by the factory. at least, not that I recall, but it did make many appearances in club events. But it is the later Escort, the one which at first had...

Page 61 of October 1994 archive issue thumbnail Page 61, October 1994

Tommi gun

Given a rare opportunity in a top works rally car on home soil, Tommy Mäkinen didn't waste it As the 1994 World Rally Championship heads towards its close, three drivers have emerged with a chance of securing the title: Didier Auriol and Juha Kankkunen in Toyotas and Subaru's Carlos Sainz. In Finland, at the end of August, where the Neste 1000 Lakes Rally was the eighth qualifier of the 10-round...

Page 38 of August 1995 archive issue thumbnail Page 38, August 1995

Worth the bother?

The quality of the entry on the Rally of Argentina was second-rate for an event with official World Championship status… Last month we spoke of the effects which FIA 'relegation' of certain events in the World Rally Championship has had upon the quality of those events and the entries they have attracted. The world's major teams, using highly expensive four-wheel-drive cars and backed by...

Page 33 of July 1994 archive issue thumbnail Page 33, July 1994

Carlos and Carless

CCRIOS and While one member of the Subaru was winning his Erst WM event since late 1992k the other found himself excluded... Very few people at the 1994 Acropolis Rally could have remembered the SCDA. It was an organisation beyond the memories of most of rallying's present followers, born of the time when the event was not only scorchingly hot, throatburningly dry and eye-stingingly dusty, as it...

Page 44 of October 1993 archive issue thumbnail Page 44, October 1993

Finntasia

When Mikko Helander, then manager of Finland's Teboil Team which existed to help promising private drivers, told me after an Arctic Rally many years ago that a little known driver called Ari Vatanen would one day become world champion, I was sceptical. I had been approached by self-considered talent scouts many times before and I was not easily convinced. A few years later, after Vatanen had...

Page 44 of June 1995 archive issue thumbnail Page 44, June 1995

Bruno's rough cut

On the verge of his first outright World Rally Championship success, Bruno Thiry’s Escort came to a halt. Didier Auriol was handily placed to profit. The Ford team suffered the tantalising and bitterly disappointing loss of a maximum points score in the all-tarmac Tour of Corsica when, just as it seemed likely that Belgian crew Bruno Thiry and Stephane Prevot would romp home to a win, ahead of...

Page 38 of July 1993 archive issue thumbnail Page 38, July 1993

Miki taker

Toyota was expected to win, Subaru should have won, but the Acropolis tore the heart out of the entry and victory went to Ford, thanks largely to a superbly judged drive from Miki Biasion Had the 1993 Acropolis Rally taken place under the regulations prevailing 20 or so years ago, the SCDA would have been delighted. It was hotter this year than it has been for 10 years at least, a reminder of the...

Page 31 of December 1992 archive issue thumbnail Page 31, December 1992

Aghini's wheel of fortune

Six victories in seven contests is more than enough to put the stamp of favourite on any sportsman and, having won six events prior to the Sanremo Rally, Didier Auriol started very much as favourite. The Frenchman was on peak form, he could handle tarmac and dirt roads equally well and hardly anyone doubted that he would add another victory to his already record-breaking tally. In the days before...

Page 56 of November 1994 archive issue thumbnail Page 56, November 1994

RALLY REVIEW - RALLY AUSTRALIA

Telecom Gold Colin McRae continues his run of success in the Antipodes This year's Telecom Rally Australia lacked nothing of its former stature, despite having lost its full World Championship status to become a qualifier in only the two-wheel-drive, two-litre series, which is considered no more than a little brother of the major championship even though talk (and so far it is only talk) says...

Page 35 of March 1994 archive issue thumbnail Page 35, March 1994

3rd time lucky

Rally review After two near-misses, François Delecour's luck finally held together in Monte-Carlo,the Frenchman giving Ford its first victory in the event for some 41 years It has been said more than once that the economy of the Principality of Monaco is based on the turn of a card, the throw of a dice and the spin of a wheel. Even of such a tiny state without any real industry of its own that...

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