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Photo Amador García Courtesy Rally Classics
When it comes to families in motorsport, the name of Toivonen is right up there at the pinnacle of rallying. Starting with Pauli, who debuted on the world scene in 1961 driving Citroëns, with which he won the 1000 Lakes in 1962, and later Porsches that he guided to the European Rally Championship in 1968, he was succeeded by two sons, Harri and Henri, the latter tragically losing his life in 1986 during the Tour de Corse.
Quintessentially Italian, the Bologna San Luca Hill Climb takes place this year on 19-20 May, centred in that most beautiful of Italian medieval cities, Bologna. A mad event, the hillclimb is a two kilometre race (the shortest in Europe), but one of the most fascinating, not to mention challenging, attracting only the most audacious drivers.
A pair of stunning Rouse Sport-built Ford Sierra RS500s will be among the most photographed newcomers in the HSCC Super Touring Championship this season in the skilled hands of Julian Thomas and Sean McInerney. Thomas, founder of the Racelogic concern – whose VBOX data loggers are essential equipment to historic racers the world over – bought his 1989 car last month and aims to debut it at the Silverstone Classic in July. “I bought it as Guy Edwards’ car, then discovered that (four-time British Touring Car champion) Andy Rouse had raced it. That’s brilliant, because I worked with him on his Super Touring Toyota Carinas,” said Thomas.