Winner´s ride (and ciggie).
“Porsche´s speedometer was connected to the rear wheels and on gravel it could show 250 km/h while the car was standing still…” - Henri Toivonen´s co-driver Juha Piironen about the Prodrive Porsche 911 SC RS.
Artist: Ari Vatanen
Instrument: Peugeot 205 T16
Location: Rally San Remo
“That Porsche was an old-fashioned car by then. Its grip was non-existent particularly on gravel. Sliding in the corners, it had the characteristics of a hammer. But Henri had a fantastic grip on it - on loose surfaces it felt like he had it floating from side to side.” - co-driver Juha Piironen about Henri Toivonen´s adventures with the Group B Rothmans Porsche 911 in 1984.
“Really, this is like a Group C car on tarmac. It is absolutely the fastest thing and the feeling is incredible.” - Henri Toivonen´s first impressions of the Lancia Rally 037 Group B car before rocketing it to a string of fastest stage times in the 1984 Rally Portugal.
“Of course there shouldn´t be races like this, out of the blue, but the fact is we are all whores, aren´t we?” - Keke Rosberg, winner of the 1984 Dallas F1 Grand Prix that was held in a bumpy street circuit described as a “complete joke” and “dangerous”.
“In Dallas that year he touched a wall and broke a wheel. During the debrief he said ‘I can´t make out how I hit that wall. The wall must have moved.’ With any other driver you´d say, ‘Don´t be bloody ridiculous’. But he was so troubled by it that we went and looked at the wall. Tyre marks showed that somebody had crashed into one end of one of the huge concrete blocks and pivoted it a little bit. He´d been placing his car a few millimetres from that wall, and when the edge had moved a fraction he hit it. I thought then that this guy was beyond anything I´d ever experienced before.” - race engineer Pat Symonds about Ayrton Senna driving for the Toleman team in 1984 Dallas Grand Prix.
Managing the hydroplaning - Nigel Mansell.