2003 Rally Finland winner Markko Martin. Photo: Vesa Rauhala

Bringing Rally Finland 2003 back to life - and for the first time to Twitter!

This year there will be two Rally Finlands on Twitter. Rallirinki, a group of Finnish rallying fans, will bring back to life Rally Finland 2003, the classic edition of modern WRC events. From July 16 to 22, Rallirinki will publish the story of Rally Finland 2003 as a historical re-enactment by live tweeting its events, news and observations through Rallirinki's Twitter account @HartusvuoriWRC. To accompany the tweets, the Rallirinki blog (rallirinki.net), supported by two guest bloggers, will have daily posts with background articles and exclusive interviews about the event and its drivers, including Markko Märtin, Petter Solberg and Marcus Grönholm. Rally Finland 2003 live tweeting - using hashtag #ReliveRallyFinland2003 - will follow the timeline of the event held 15 years ago from Monday of the rally week all the way to the final news on Sunday. The story is mainly written from a first person's view, that of a spectator that travels to Central Finland for the event and experiences it all the way through. The tweets follow preparations through recceing stages and reading all the news beforehand, to following as much rallying action as possible when the event starts. For Rallirinki's project, this is a natural choice for a point of view, because that kind of dedication is how we prepare and perform - and live tweet - from the current events as fans. Tweets are scheduled to be published on the right day and at the right time, as if the event was happening again.   The only artistic freedom taken is the publication week, which is three weeks before the original dates, early August, when Rally Finland 2003 actually took place. We wanted to publish this project before this year's Rally Finland to lift up the atmosphere for this year's edition. It's not a spoiler saying Markko Märtin won the 2003 event. Thousands of Estonian rallying fans were celebrating in the Jyväskylä region. This year Ott Tänak is there in the mix to win Rally Finland, and with this project we'd like to welcome all Estonian fans on their country's 100th anniversary to support their own hero in Rally Finland. Throughout seven days, hundreds of tweets with more than a hundred new photos will be published. Tweets are written and scheduled by Teemu Lampinen. The thorough background work took place earlier this year over four months and approximately 150 hours. Old magazines and newspapers were sought after, including visiting antiqvariats and placing bids on eBay. At times it felt like hunting to get those photos that were thought no one would have. A great help came from YLE and its Ralliradio team. Getting an access to the remaining recordings of 2003 Ralliradio broadcasts brought great depth to this project. Also, Rally Finland organisers and the FIA helped a lot with collecting all the official documents of the event. This project also received help from several dedicated rallying fans, namely rallying photographer Vesa Rauhala, who gave access to his films from the event. A few other friends gave their photos for use. Our wish is that people following this project would share their own memories of the event and the times. Feel free to post your comments and photos along the way. We hope you will enjoy this project. Time machine is set now. Rally Finland 2003 is about to begin.
  • Source: Teemu Lampinen / Rallirinki
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