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Hannu Olavi Mikkola (born 24 May 1942 in Joensuu, Finland) is a retired world champion rally driver. May 24 is the 144th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (145th in leap years). ... This article is about the year. ... Joensuu City Hall Joensuu is a city in eastern Finland. ... Rallying (international) or rally racing (US) is a form of automobile racing that takes place on public roads with modified production or specially built road cars. ...

Mikkola's rally career spanned 31 years, starting with a Volvo 544 in 1963, but his most successful period was during the 1970s and 1980s. The 1970s saw Mikkola a frontrunner in many international events, usually in a Ford Escort, and 1979 he made a serious challenge at the World Rally Championship title, ultimately finishing runner-up. 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ... The 1980s decade refers to the years from 1980 to 1989, inclusive. ... The Ford Escort was a compact car manufactured by the Ford Motor Company from 1967 through 2003. ... This page refers to the year 1979. ... The World Rally Championship (WRC) is a series of automobile rally races across the world (although the main focus is in Europe, due to the sports roots), culminating with a champion driver and manufacturer. ...

Mikkola was runner-up again in 1980 with Ford, but switched to the new Audi team for 1981, to drive the revolutionary four wheel drive Audi Quattro. The partnership was successful from the outset: Mikkola led the 1981 Monte Carlo Rally, the Audi's first event, until an accident put him out of the event. He won the next WRC event, the Swedish Rally, convincingly but the Quattro had problems with reliability and despite another win on the RAC Rally, Mikkola only managed third in the driver's championship. He won the 1000 Lakes and RAC rallies the following year, but did not improve on third position in the championship, ultimately finishing behind Opel's Walter Röhrl and team-mate Michèle Mouton. 1983 was to be Mikkola's year: four wins and three second places saw him finally take the World Championship title. A second place in the championship followed in 1984, but 1985 saw him slip to 22nd in the final standings after the Audi team was overwhelmed by new Group B competition from Peugeot and Lancia. Audi is an automobile maker in Germany, and a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group. ... Four wheel drive or 4x4, is a type of four wheeled vehicle drivetrain configuration that enables all four wheels to receive power from the engine simultaneously in order to provide maximum traction. ... 1984 Audi Quattro This article refers to the car named the Audi Quattro. ... The Swedish Rally (now the Uddeholm Swedish Rally) is an automobile rally competition held in Värmland, Sweden in early February. ... The forerunner of the RAC Rally series was the 1932 Torquay rally which was the first major rally of the modern era in Great Britain. ... (Redirected from 1000 Lakes Rally) The Neste Rally Finland (formerly known as 1000 Lakes Rally, renamed 1994 when Neste became the main sponsor) is a Finland. ... Opel, originally and more correctly known as Adam Opel AG is an automobile maker in Germany. ... Walter Röhrl (born March 7, 1947 in Regensburg) is a German rally and racing driver, with famous victories for Audi and Porsche. ... Michèle Mouton is one of the most well-known female rally drivers. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) is a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Group B Ford RS200 In relation to motorsport governed by the FIA, Group A and Group B referred to two sets of regulations for competition vehicles in touring car and rally racing. ... Peugeot is a major French car brand which is today part of PSA Peugeot Citroën. ... Lancia is an Italian automobile manufacturer founded in 1906 by Vincenzo Lancia, part of the Fiat group since 1969. ...

Mikkola remained with Audi until 1987, winning the Safari Rally in a Group A Audi 200 that year, before switching to Mazda. He remained with the Japanese marque until 1991, then continued to make sporadic appearances on international rallies until retiring in 1993. 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Safari Rally is held in Kenya and is considered by many to be the worlds toughest rally. ... In relation to motorsport governed by the FIA, Group A referred to a set of regulations providing production-derived vehicles for outright competition. ... Audi 100 in California The Audi 100 was a mid-sized automobile from Audi that was made between 1968 and 1994. ... Mazda Motor Corporation (マツダ Matsuda) TYO: 7261 is a Japanese automobile maker based in Hiroshima, Japan. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ...

Mikkola was immortalised by the opening line of Half Man Half Biscuit's 1985 song Architecture and Morality, Ted and Alice: "The wonderful dexterity of Hannu Mikkola / Makes me want to shake hands with the whole of Finland". Nigel Blackwell, singer, guitarist and songwriter Half Man Half Biscuit (Nigel Blackwell, Neil Crossley, Ken Hancock and Carl Henry) often abbreviated to HMHB, are a UK rock band from Birkenhead, active sporadically since the mid-1980s, known for their satirical, sardonic and sometimes surreal songs. ...

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