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GP Week : Issue 15
N EWS that Ove Andersson had died stunned the motorsport fratrenity worldwide, but none so much as the countless friends working in the service park at Kemer at the Rally of Turkey. In his 50-year career in rallying Ove acquired such a reputation that nobody said a bad word about him, right from when he first drove cars as an enthusiastic amateur. He then became a works rally driver before being invited by the Japanese to shape up their new Toyota rally team. This gentle giant made friends wherever he went in the sport, but legend has it that there was one instance where he was unwelcome – at Ford in the 1970s. At the time he was considered an unlucky driver, in an era when drivers from Finland found greater favour even than the drivers from neighbouring Sweden. In fact, Ove won his first ever rally in a Ford, immediately mastering the transition from front-wheel to rear-wheel-drive rallying, and enjoyed the first One of many: Ove Andersson celebrates with the Toyota team at the 1984 Safari, left. His own driving prowess was seen far and wide, including the RAC Rally in 1972, right. 30