The 1000 Lakes Rally is one of the most famous – and fastest – events to grace the World Rally Championship calendar. The gravel-covered tracks of the Finnish forests have produced numerous epic, high-speed battles, and the showdowns featured on this action-packed DVD will be, for many rally fans, the most memorable and thrilling.
Get ready for more than two-and-a-half-hours of classic rally drama as we relive seven unforgettable years of the 1000 Lakes Rally. We start in 1985, at the height of the fire-breathing Group B monsters, and continue right through to 1991, when Finland’s own Juha Kankkunen finally claimed victory at the 11th attempt.
Along the way we see the biggest names at their power-sliding best, including Markku Alen, Timo Salonen, Stig Blomqvist, Hannu Mikkola, Henri Toivonen, Malcolm Wilson, Miki Biasion, Didier Auriol and many more. Plus, there’s an all-star cast of the greatest rally machines, like Lancia’s 037 and Delta S4, Peugeot’s 205 T16, Ford’s Sierra Cosworth, Toyota’s Celica GT-4, Subaru’s Legacy, Mitsubishi’s Gallant and the ever popular Metro 6R4.
Each year delivers edge-of-the-seat drama as our comprehensive coverage takes you from the Group B years when victory was decided by just seconds right through to Kankkunen’s unexpected and emotional win. Once again you can relive Ari Vatanen’s amazing return from serious injury in 1987, future World Champion Tommi Makinen bursting onto the scene in 1991 and Spain’s Carlos Sainz becoming the first non-Scandinavian to win the 1000 Lakes Rally, by just 19 seconds!
The 1000 Lakes Rally is a classic, and you’ll want to relive these unforgettable years again and again.
"Now known as Rally Finland, the Scandinavian round of the WRC is one of the world's fastest and most spectacular events. This DVD recaptures its heyday. From the Group B years of 1985 and 1986 to the 41st running in 1991, there's fantastic footage of the tree-lined, gravel-covered stages. Our favourite is Carlos Sainz's close 1991 victory. Four stars" Auto Express
"Three and a half hours of the most inspiring, entertaining and occasionally poignant action from a dramatic era of rallying, during which the Finnish forests and gravel tracks were tamed by legends: Alen, Salonen, Blomqvist, Mikkola, Toivonen, Wilson, Biasion, Auriol, Sainz and Kankkunen. Starting with the mind-blowing Group B missiles, there's coverage of all the iconic cars from the era, from the Lancia 037 and Delta S4, Peugeot 205 T-16 and Metro 6R4 through to the Subarus and Mitsubishis that would come to dominate the sport. Watch out too for a fresh-faced youngster called Tommi Makinen who pops up in 1991. Absolutely superb" Track Driver
"The WRC may still be an awesome sport to watch, but for bleeding edge of sanity viewing it's hard to beat the Group B rally monsters of the '80s. Yep, the likes of the Lancia Delta S4, Audi Quattro, Pug 205 T16 and mental Metro 6R4 are all here in this action-packed DVD, tearing up the Finnish countryside with the drivers that made them awesome. It's essential viewing" Max Power
“Now, you can’t make a documentary on the Rally of Bulgaria, or Rally of Malaysia. Especially not if it’s a 3.5-hour DVD. But when it comes to the 1000 Lakes Rally, 3.5 hours fly by in a jiffy as you watch Markku Alen, Timo Salonen, Stig Blomqvist, Hannu Mikkola, Henri Toivonen and Co. take the yumps sideways and flat out. Not only is the stage-by-stage, year-by-year action detailed, but it focuses on the Group B era, meaning you get the supercharged din of the Delta S4, the inline-five growl of the Quattro and high-pitched wail of the 205 T16. Despite all the names, cars, stages and spectator shambolics, the highlights have to be the awesome Finnish accents in the various interviews and the brilliant on-boards. Even though it focuses on a single event, as far as the Group B era goes, it’s one of the best DVDs to have” Wheels
"Featuring dramatic footage of the world's scariest rally between 1985 and 1991, this 3.5-hour jumpfest brings the best bits of a golden era of flat-out Finnish rallying. All the great names and cars from the Group B period and its Group A successor of the late 1980s are here" Autosport
"Finland's 1000 Lakes is one of the fastest and most famous rallies ever run. If you're a fan of rallying, you'll love third three-and-a-half hour DVD covering the classic Group B era and beyond. Expect high-speed action, a few spectacular crashes and some '80s-spec moustaches" Classic Ford
Fantastic footage from one of the most spectacular, fastest and scariest rallies, the Group B period golden era of Finnish rallying, the 1980s. At well over three hours of action, it offers great value too! The best cars and the best drivers – including (but not limited to) Markku Alen, Timo Salonen, Stig Blomqvist, Hannu Mikkola, Henri Toivonen. Group B cars include the Lancia Delta S4, Audi Quattro and Peugeot 205 T16. classiccarmag.net