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  • Erik Carlsson to attend start of XIV Rallye Monte Carlo Historique, Reims, January 28


    Rally legend Erik Carlsson is to support the centenary celebrations of the Monte Carlo Rally by backing a team who will compete in this week’s XIVth Monte Carlo Historique rally in an exact replica of the car that took him to victory back in 1963.

    The classic Saab 96 has been created by German vintage car magazine Oldtimer Markt and will be driven by chief editor Peter Steinfurth and navigator Thorsten Loeber .They will take the start at Reims this Friday (28 January) in a car that recreates the original in every detail, right down to the 283 entry number Erik used that year. He will be on hand to wave them off.

    The exploits of Erik, aka ‘On the Roof’, Carlsson helped put Saab on the automotive map in the 1960s. He is a double winner of the Monte Carlo Rally in 1962 and 1963 and also took a hat-trick of RAC Rally victories in 1960-62. Now 82 years old, Erik was born in Trollhättan, Sweden, the home town of Saab, and was a works driver for the company throughout his career. Today, he is still employed as a roving ambassador for Saab.

    Erik Carlsson was married to Pat Moss (1934-2008), who was also a successful rally driver with several wins in the Monte Carlo Rally ladies class, She was the younger sister of racing driver Sir Stirling Moss.

    Erik’s ‘David and Goliath’ battles against larger, more powerful cars are now legendary in the annals of international rallying. With small two-stroke engines, 748 or 841 cc, the first Saabs lacked power for competition use and to overcome this disadvantage Erik developed a special driving technique. It was necessary to keep the engine revving at all times, so he used left foot braking while keeping his right food hard on the accelerator pedal. This allowed him to make the most of his car’s light weight and maneuverability while cornering.


    His competition record:
    ▪ 1955 1st Rikspokalen rally, Saab 92
    ▪ 1957 1st 1000 Lakes Rally, Saab 93
    ▪ 1959 1st Midnattssols rally (Rally of Sweden), Saab 93
    ▪ 1959 1st Rally of Germany, Saab 93
    ▪ 1960, 61, 62 1st RAC Rally, Saab 96
    ▪ 1960 2nd Acropolis Rally, Saab 96
    ▪ 1961 4th Rally Monte Carlo, Saab 95 (station wagon)
    ▪ 1961 1st Acropolis Rally, Saab 96
    ▪ 1962, 63 1st Rally of Monte Carlo, Saab 96
    ▪ 1962 2nd Rally of Geneva
    ▪ 1962 7th East African Safari Rally, Saab 96
    ▪ 1963 2nd Rally Liege-Sofia-Liege, Saab 96
    ▪ 1964 1st San Remo Rally (Rallye dei Fiori), Saab 96 Sport
    ▪ 1964 2nd Rally Liege-Sofia-Liege, Saab 96
    ▪ 1964 2nd East African Safari Rally, Saab 96
    ▪ 1965 2nd Rally Australia BP, Saab 96 Sport
    ▪ 1965 2nd Acropolis Rally, Saab 96 Sport
    ▪ 1967 1st Czech Rally, Saab 96 V4
    ▪ 1969 3rd Baja 1000 Rally, Saab 96 V4
    ▪ 1970 5th Baja 1000 Rally, Saab 96 V4

    Saab 96, 1963 Rallye Monte Carlo. Specification:
    Engine: 3 cylinder, two stroke longitudinal
    Displacement: 841 cc.,
    Power: 70 hp (52 kW) @ 6000 rpm
    Front wheel drive, 4 speed gearbox with freewheel
    Brakes: Discs at front
    Tires: Dunlop SP 155x15
    This article was originally published in blog: Erik Carlsson at the Start of the XIV Rallye Monte Carlo Historique Reims started by Golfhunter
    Comments 1 Comment
    1. NordWulf's Avatar
      NordWulf -
      It looks like the Saab 96 driven by Steinfurth and Thorsten didn't make it to the finish line.

      STEINFURTH Peter - THORSTEN Loeber II 1 Saab 96 Après ZR1 à Monaco Abandon

      There 2 other Saabs that didn't make it either.
      ACM >> Automobile Club de Monaco
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