FRSL: Postcard from Rallye Deutschland – Germany Calling...

    But will the World Rally Championship continue to hear the siren sounds pumped out by Rallye Deutschland for 2019? As ever, we drove to Rallye Deutschland this year. Over the years it’s become a ritual that we look forward to each time. We might not like the event itself hugely but gradually, we’ve finessed the route there so now it’s simpl... [Read More]

     0 Comments | Posted 30 Aug

    Colin McRae: Gone but never, ever forgotten

    He was always unpredictable, reminding me of Churchill’s description of Russia: “A riddle wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.” Unless you knew him pretty well it was virtually impossible to predict what Colin McRae might do next. Even for those of us who had the privilege of a more than passing acquaintance with him that still held true. All you knew wa... [Read More]

     1 Comments | Posted 13 Aug

    FRSL: The WRC's Godfather!

    A few of us enjoyed a fascinating meeting a few weeks ago. It was one of the regular “Old Farts” lunches that I started well over 10 years ago. But this time it wasn’t the food or ambience that so entertained us. The restaurant was all together a bit of a no-no in those departments. No, it was, as ever, it was rather the conversation, revelations and scurri... [Read More]

     1 Comments | Posted 12 Jul

    FRSL: Memories down Mexico way

    Believe me, we were absolutely zonko after getting back from Mexico this year. We’d taken the (ultra-cheap) option of going out Air France via Paris and KLM back via Amsterdam. At about £418 each it was a steal. But of course you never get anything for nothing. So the downside was a total of 15 hours or so airborne each way and seemingly endless trekking between ... [Read More]

     0 Comments | Posted 19 Mar

    FRSL: To Money Town and Back

    Rallye Monte Carlo! It’s the WRC’s oldest, most famous event; gold dust for publicity; a name that all sports editors and TV executives have heard of. For those deaf to The Safari, the RAC Rally, The 1000 lakes – all those great names of the past – the Monte still trips naturally off the tongue… Believe me, those three years when it w... [Read More]

     0 Comments | Posted 09 Feb

    Henri Toivonen: The day a superstar died

    I always like to stop and think for a moment today and remember… It was May 2nd, now 31 years ago that we lost Henri Toivonen who died along with his co-driver Sergio Cresta, on the 1986 Tour de Corse. At the time he was killed I was arriving in Cardiff, having gone there for the Welsh Rally, only to get the shock news. Toivonen was a one-off, a Gr... [Read More]

     0 Comments | Posted 03 May

    Rally de Corse musings...

    This is the week when we fly off to Corsica for the WRC’s Rally of France. I have to say it’s a whole lot better for being back on the Ile de Beauté.  I was never much of a fan of the event’s five years based on the outskirts of Strasbourg, a city nauseatingly in love with its status as the European Parliament’s alternative base.... [Read More]

     0 Comments | Posted 05 Apr

    Are VW coming back to the WRC in 2018?

    Now here’s a question: Are VW coming back to the WRC in 2018 as rumours say they are? OR, are they going to pass the baton to their other rally brand…the WRC2 champions, Škoda? That might seem a provocative sentence – except that there are a couple of pointers that send anyone like me who will happily... [Read More]

     0 Comments | Posted 09 Mar

    What’s gone wrong with the new Citroen WRC car?

    The question most people left Rally Sweden asking is: What’s gone wrong with the new Citroen World Rally Car. And it was not until the final morning, with just two stages to go that any idea of the problem’s severity surfaced, when top driver Kris Meeke suddenly said: "I’m not ******* driving this." It seems th... [Read More]

     0 Comments | Posted 16 Feb

    Ten years on, memories of Grönholm the Great

    It was a big shock when I realised this week that 2017 is the 10th anniversary of Marcus Grönholm’s fifth and final victory on the Swedish Rally. He retired at the end of that year and it has always astonished me how quickly great drivers fall out of your consciousness. In 2007 Grönholm beat his nemesis, Sébastien Loeb, in Sw... [Read More]

     0 Comments | Posted 08 Feb