Rauno Aaltonen will revive memories of his 1967 Monte Carlo Rally win by taking to the FoS rally stage in a similar Mini Cooper S to the one in which he claimed that victory; in fact, it’s the ex-works car in which he finished seventh in the 1964 Monte Carlo. At Goodwood, he’ll make two runs through
the gravel stage each day, which, for the first time, will be against the clock.
Monte Carlo wasn’t the only event Aaltonen won in a plucky Mini; he was first over the line in Australia’s Bathurst touring car enduro in 1966. If that wasn’t enough to confirm his spot in this year’s ‘Addicted to Winning’ theme, he won the 1965 European Rally Championship, which followed up two domestic titles.
This year’s Skoda FoS Rally Stage is a celebration of the ‘Birth of Stage Rallying’, so it’s not all about Minis. The very first Mk1 Ford Escort RS1600 will take to the gravel, as will the Escort in which Roger Clark won the 1972 RAC Rally. Other Fords include two Mk2 RS1800s; Ari Vatenen’s 1981 World Rally Championship winning car, and Timo Makinen’s 1975 RAC Rally winner.
Further variety will come in the form of Fiat’s 124 Abarth and 131 Abarth, which account for all of Fiat’s World Rally Championship victories (all 21 of them!), an ex-works Datsun 240Z and an Opel Kadette GT/E. Cars campaigned by two British heroes of the era – Russell Brookes’ Sunbeam Lotus and Tony Pond’s Vauxhall Chevette – will also see action on the gravel stage.