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    Bjorn Waldegard

    Read on Steve Perez's facebook page that Bjorn Waldegard has died today.

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    Re: Bjorn Waldegard

    Oh shit..... A real rallying superstar and a gentleman..... What a loss .....

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    Re: Bjorn Waldegard

    RIP Bjorn
    My all time Stratos hero.

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    Re: Bjorn Waldegard

    The first World Rally champion Bjorn Waldegaard has died aged 70 after suffering with cancer.
    Waldegaard passed away following a rapid decline in his health. He had been due to take part at Rallyday in Wiltshire next month, but had cancelled that trip to make way for treatment.
    He did, however, attend the Goodwood Festival of Speed earlier in the summer, where he drove a Toyota Twincam Turbo.
    The Swede won the inaugural drivers' World Rally Championship title in 1979, co-driven by Hans Thorszelius on all rounds except for the 1000 Lakes Rally, where Claes Billstam guided them to third place.
    Driving a works Ford Escort on European WRC rounds and a Mercedes 450 SLC on the Safari and Ivory Coast, Waldegaard took the championship by a single point from Hannu Mikkola.

    Waldegaard won the Acropolis and Quebec Rally in 1979.
    Beyond his world title, Waldegaard was probably best known for his ability to win in Africa and his love of competition there.
    He tackled 25 WRC rounds in Africa and won seven of them (four Safaris and three Ivory Coast).
    While Waldegaard stopped competing at world level in 1992, his love of competition kept him in and around rallies for the rest of his life.
    And he remained competitive, winning the 2011 East African Safari Classic in a Porsche 911 aged 68.

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    Re: Bjorn Waldegard

    That's really sad, too young, RIP Bjorn

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    Re: Bjorn Waldegard

    The KING is dead............Long live the KING
    Welsh piloti rally sono i migliori del mondo


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    Re: Bjorn Waldegard

    A TOP man and a fab driver, RIP.... He was pencilled in for Castlecombe up until quite recently too!!

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    Re: Bjorn Waldegard

    Sad - amazing chap with a very dry wit. I was fortunate enough to have lunch with him last year and knowing of his Stratos and Citroen exploits, I told him about my SM always breaking down and he said "if you like the Stratos and SM you have a problem and maybe you need a 'safe word' - I suggest 'sell d'em!"

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    Re: Bjorn Waldegard

    Ver sad news - a great loss and a real shame that he will not be at Castle Coombe.

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    Re: Bjorn Waldegard

    Hannu's gone too:
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails H. Mikkola 43 1 copy.jpg  

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