RAC Rally and Monte Carlo winner Henri Toivonen will be remembered at this year’s Race Retro event, which takes place at Stoneleigh Park over the weekend of February 26-28 — it’s 30 years since the Finnish rally legend lost his life along with co-driver Sergio Cresto, at the wheel of a Group B Lancia Delta S4.
To mark the anniversary, a special display of Toivonen’s cars is to be assembled under the curatorship of Peter Clarke, the team principle of PCA Motorsports for whom the Finn drove in the 1979 Lombard Rally. The set will include the Ford Escort RS1800 in which he contested that event.
Son of 1968 European Rally Champion Pauli Toivonen, Henri Toivonen made his World Rally Championship debut in 1975 in the Rally of 1000 Lakes. Following a strong showing in the PCA Motorsports RS1800 in 1979 with co-driver, Phil Boland, he was signed by the Talbot works team, who paired him with English co-driver Paul White in the Talbot Sunbeam, which they took to victory on the 1980 Lombard Rally. Toivonen’s co-drivers Phil Boland and Paul White as well as his brother Harri Toivonen have also been invited to Race Retro to help celebrate his life.