Motoring: Flying Finn in Best of Welsh; Historic Gems Big Part of Classic Line-Up

Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales), May 2, 2003 | Go to article overview

Motoring: Flying Finn in Best of Welsh; Historic Gems Big Part of Classic Line-Up


Byline: Peter Hughes

ALMOST 30 years after it won the event, the Ford Escort used by Markku Alen will again be competing in this weekend's Welsh Rally.

The military ranges on Mynydd Epynt will be the venue for one of the oldest events in the Welsh motor sport calendar.

The Welsh Rally first ran in 1934 and it is fitting therefore that this year's R&M Williams Welsh Rally has attracted perhaps the strongest line-up of historic rally cars ever to compete in Wales.

The Armajaro MSA British Historic Rally Championship is currently headed by Steve Perez but he is tipping team-mate Dessie Nutt and his similar Porsche 911S for success this weekend on the daunting tarmac stages on Epynt.

Among the other cars taking part will be the Ford Escort that flying Finn Markku Alen took to victory on the 1974 Welsh Rally after Bridgend's Jeff Churchill struck mechanical problems late on in the event.

The Finn was so impressed with the local man's performance that he sent his works mechanics to see if they could help repair Churchill's car.

Unfortunately parts from the works car would not fit the privateer Escort and so hopes of a home win for Churchill were cruelly dashed at the last moment. The winning Escort is being driven this weekend by its current owner David Watkins. …

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