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Greatest rally drivers of the last 60 years

Rally drivers are often lauded as the world’s greatest, and most talented, of all motorsport drivers. Martin Holmes selected his best from 60 years of the WRC.

 Since the 1960s there’s been a constant stream of men capable of seemingly doing the impossible, and getting away with it!

But who were the trail blazers, and what set them apart? Martin Holmes selects his ‘greatest rally drivers of the last 60 years’.

The Sixties

The 1960s were the times when rallying started to change and develop into the sport recognisable today.  Until then, rallying was an activity for sportsmen who enjoyed touring different places.

Competition was based on tests which gauged precise driving skills, and used handicaps which were intended to equalise opportunities. Much of the challenge before the advent of high speed stages became more important was to follow the route from place to place correctly.  

Rauno Aaltonen driving on the 1968 Monte Carlo Rally in a Mini Cooper S. Photos: McKlein
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