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One of the original “Flying Finns” of rallying, Timo Makinen, has died at the age of 79.

Makinen is most famous for a hat-trick of wins on the 1000 Lakes Rally in Finland from 1965 to 1967, and a similar feat on Britain’s RAC Rally from 1973 to 1975.

Makinen originally came to prominence in a Mini Cooper S in the 1960s, and was then a Ford works driver in the 1970s at the wheel of Mk1 and Mk2 Escorts.

He contested Australia’s Southern Cross Rally in 1976 in an Escort RS1800, and in 1977 in a Datsun 710 SSS. He also finished sixth in the 1965 Bathurst 500, driving a Mini Cooper.

An obituary on Timo Makinen will appear in the May issue of RallySport Magazine, available May 24..

Timo MakinenTimo Makinen competing in the 1976 Southern Cross Rally in Australia.


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