Like most variations of Motorsport, rally driving has a rich history of drama, success and tragedy. With this comes a roster of outstanding drivers who have built rally driving into the international powerhouse that it is today. We’ve compiled a list of our favourite rally legends (in no particular order), do you agree with our choices? Let us know!
Loeb is the most successful driver in World Rally Championship (WRC) history. He’s won the world championship a record nine times in a row and holds several other records including most wins, podium finshes and points.
In 1995, McRae became the first British person and the youngest to win the WRC Drivers title. This is a record he still holds. He released a number of successful rally games (including the excellent Colin McRae: DiRT in 2007) and was posthumously accepted to the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame in 2008 after his death in a helicopter accident.
Representing the ladies, Grasse born Mouton actually debuted as a co-driver in the 70s. She soon moved to the driver’s seat and became the first woman to win a major rally driving championship. She is also still the last woman to compete in top level rally driving. Her career makes for fascinating reading.
Rohrl might not have as many wins or titles as some of the others in this list, but he’s still a legend in his own right. A consistent career driver, he began racing in the WRC back in 1973 on the first event and hasn’t left the wheel since. A real rally stallion!
A slow starter, Gronholm is proof that practice makes perfect. His career really took off in the later years with 30 victories making him to the second highest all time winner of WRC. He also won the 2002 Race of Champions, earning the title ‘Champion of Champions.’