Timo Makinen

Timo Makinen


Timo Mäkinen began rallying in Finland in 1959 in a Triumph TR3, and was hired by a Finnish BMC dealer to drive Minis beginning in 1962. BMC Rally Manager Stuart Turner hired Mäkinen in 1963 to drive for the factory team on International rallies. Because he gained his fame aboard the Mini-Coopers and the Big Healeys he is most often associated with those cars, though he later drove successfully for Ford and Peugeot as well. Mäkinen is one of only three men to win the RAC Rally of Great Britain three times in a row (1973-1975), the others being Erik Carlsson (1960-62) and Richard Burns (1998-2000). He continues to be active in rallying today, competing in Historic and Vintage Rallies. Timo is no relation to Tommi Mäkinen, who has also become a famous Flying Finn, winning four World Championships driving for Mitsubishi in the 1990's.


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