Born on this day (28th - March)
1897 - 1974
1908 - 1963
1911 - 1998
1938 - 1980
1952 - 1975
Died on this day (28th - March)
1925 - 1992
1921 - 2008
Timo MÃ¤kinen 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 MÃ¤kinen 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. MÃ¤kinen 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 MÃ¤kinen, who has also become a famous Flying Finn, winning four World Championships driving for Mitsubishi in the 1990's.