So that’s why Finns are such good racers!

Finland has produced some of the best racing drivers in the world.  Greats like Keke Rosberg, Mika Häkkinen, Kimi Räikkönen and others are well-known in Formula One, and the world rally championship has seen giants like Ari Vatanen, Tommi Mäkinen and Juha Kankkunen.

For so small a country to produce so many dominant figures in motorsport is astonishing . . . or it was, until I found this video clip of crashes during Finnish rallies over the past few years.  I recommend watching it in full-screen mode.  With carnage like this, it’s amazing to think that anyone finished the races at all!  Furthermore, those who did finish – and win – them were the ones who went on to become better and better, and ultimately break into international racing.  They learned the hard way, so to speak.

I guess those who survived that background thoroughly deserved their later success!



  1. What, was this the classic car rally? I saw a Ford Cortina, an old Volvo, an even older Volvo, a Porsche 911, an original Mini and others too numerous to mention. I'm surprised that there are any roadside trees left in Finland and I liked the burly girl pushing on the roof of the car.

    Remember that the Finns fought the Red Army to a standstill in 1938 and '39. Simo Hayha, "White Death" was probably the most prolific sniper ever.


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