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40 years young: the WRC celebrates a milestone in 2019

1979 was a landmark year in the World Rally Championship, as for the first time drivers gained world level recognition in the sport.  It’s now 40 years since the WRC officially started, and RallySport Magazine’s Martin Holmes takes a look back to where it all began …… * * * * * In 1953 the […]

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1979 World Rally Champion, Bjorn Waldegard, in his title-winning Ford Escort RS1800. Photo: Martin Holmes
1979 was a landmark year in the World Rally Championship, as for the first time drivers gained world level recognition in the sport.  It’s now 40 years since the WRC officially started, and RallySport Magazine’s Martin Holmes takes a look back to where it all began …… * * * * * In 1953 the […]

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Martin Holmes is widely considered as world rallying's most experienced, and most respected journalist. Martin covers the WRC, ERC and all major rally championships around the world.

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