Race Retro will honour the late Henri Toivonen with a display of the great driver’s rally cars
To mark the 30th anniversary year since the tragic death of rally driver Henri Toivonen, there will be a display of rally cars previously driven by the Finn at Race Retro. The historic motorsport show, located at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, takes place over the weekend of 26-28 February,
Although he started out as a circuit racer, Toivonen graduated to rallying in 1975. His father, Pauli Toivonen was also a successful rally driver, who won the 1968 European Rally Championship. After a few relatively successful outings, Henri Toivonen was signed to the Talbot Sunbeam Works team in 1980. During the same year, he won the Lombard Rally, taking the record for youngest driver to win a WRC event at the time, aged 24.
It was during the Tour de Course on 2 May 1986 that Toivonen and co-driver Sergio Cresto both lost their lives, following a crash in the Group B Lancia Delta S4 WRC car.
To celebrate the life of Toivonen, and to mark the 30th anniversary of his death, the team principal of PCA Motorsports, Peter Clarke, has organized this display. Clarke, for whom Toivonen drove in the 1979 Lombard Rally, will provide the original Ford Escort RS1800 for the display.
Other cars on show will include the Talbot Sunbeam that Toivonen took to victory in the 1980 Lombard Rally, as well as the Rothmans Opel Ascona he successfully campaigned during 1982 and 1983 season. Toivonen’s co-drivers Phil Boland and Paul White as well as his brother Harri Toivonen have also been invited.