Pic of the Week: Richard Burns in flight

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Okay, so we know that those of you with memories longer than three weeks will spot more than a couple of similarities with 14th October's leaping Mitsubishi Evo, but there are two particular reasons for selecting this as POTW. Aside from the fact that we reckon it's a blinding pic.

Firstly, it's been 10 years since the late, great Richard Burns was crowned World Rally Champion, so this image of him (literally) flying through stage 12 of the Rally New Zealand back in 2001 seems apt on that score.

Secondly, the Rally GB got underway yesterday, an event that Burnsy nailed three years on the trot between 1998 and 2000. And those were all the excuses we needed...

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  • gog440 14 Nov 2011

    Stew2000 said:
    ELUSIVEJIM said:
    I remember in the late 70's Fiat had their co-drivers in the back seat of the car.

    Now that was funny.

    Fiat 131 Abarth

    Look at 1 minute 10 seconds

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUHhBfkvrB4
    What did that prove? rofl
    And the FIA (or the 70's equivalent) banned them from doing it very quickly as the Navi's head was outside the rollcage. The next event one of the 131's rolled and destroyed where the navigators head would have been. (going from memory so may not be 100%a accurate but it was something like this)

  • rallyman77 14 Nov 2011

    Shaw Tarse said:
    Stew2000 said:
    I can't remember if it was Phil Mills or someone else. but years ago they nearly had some shrapnel up their ass because of the low seat.
    One of the codrivers did frown
    It was Timo Rautiainen (Gronholm's co-driver) who had a nail up his arse. Not a very nice experience...

  • Shaw Tarse 13 Nov 2011

    Stew2000 said:
    I can't remember if it was Phil Mills or someone else. but years ago they nearly had some shrapnel up their ass because of the low seat.
    One of the codrivers did frown

  • Stew2000 13 Nov 2011

    I can't remember if it was Phil Mills or someone else. but years ago they nearly had some shrapnel up their ass because of the low seat.

  • mitch78 13 Nov 2011

    Podie said:
    epom said:
    nope most likely to do with a lower centre of gravity for the car, he probably sits back a bit further too !!
    yes

    Over the last few years even the switch panels have been located to between the seats to keep everything lower in the car.
    It saves weight too. They don't bother with mounts on the co-driver's seat, and just bolt it to the floor.

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