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The celebrated Swedish Saab and Porsche rally driver of the 1960s, Åke Andersson, died on May 12, reportedly after a heart attack, at the age of 77. Åke had a two stage career, firstly as a works driver, during the final years of the legendary Saab two strike cars, when he won the Swedish ERC Rally, and later the British Gulf London Rally in 1966. The next year he started driving Porsches and in 1968 won the Gulf London again when it was run in a momentous four-day, three-night, virtually non-stop format. He had 20 year break from the sport, returning in the early ‘90s as a privateer Group N Mitsubishi driver, before he turned to historic car rallying, again in Porsches. In 1993 he won the Charringtons RAC Historic Rally, and in 1994 won the FIA’s European Historic Championship. In this period he then went on to win the 1000 Lakes Historic Rally twice, as well as events in Germany, Belgium and Norway. His Saab period overlapped the end of the active career of Erik Carlsson. Åke was no relation to Ove Andersson, the former Toyota Team Europe boss. View Ake Andersson's competition history HERE.
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