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40 years ago – in 1967 – Sandro Munari and Luciano Lombardini drove a Lancia Fulvia into the rally history books with a win in the Tour de Corse. It was the first major win for the Fulvia and Munari, in an event traditionally dominated by French teams. Munari went on to become a superstar of the 1970s.

This year, Adelaide-based rally enthusiast, Jeremy Browne, will take his ex-works Fulvia to Corsica to help celebrate Munari’s great event.

Browne’s car already has a worthy history when it finished second in the 1972 San Remo Rally, driven by Barbasio. It finished first in the Italian Four Regions Rally in 1973, driven by Ballestrieri, was raced in California in the 1980’s, and was first outright in the 2000 Targa Tasmania Classic, driven by Jeremy Browne.

Over the last five years, Browne has been able to fulfil a long-standing ambition of competing in some of the famous European events. Rallies have included the San Remo Rally, Rallye Deutschland, Rally of the Lakes in Ireland, the Eifel Rally in Germany, and now Corsica.

The car has been left in France for a year and there will be a busy few days sorting out a gearbox problem and servicing the car before the 800km drive to Marseilles and the ferry to Corsica. The Corsica Historic Rally has attracted many competitors from Europe with an amazing collection of historic cars. Ari Vatanen and Jean-Pierre Nicolas will drive course cars.

The rally, run from June 1 – 3, consists of 150km of stages based around the port city of Ajaccio. Average speeds are only around 80 km/h.

Browne will be joined by regular SARC crew David Rudzitis and Claire Dowling who will service and co-drive. Full recce is permitted on the 12 stages.

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