Saab Rally Driver Profile – Stig Blomqvist

Posted on 05. Apr, 2007 by in 1960-1969, 1970-1979, 1980-1989, 2000-2009, 96, 99, Personalities, Sweden, Trollhättan, Sweden

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Photo Credit: Saab Automobile

Anders Jensen of Saab Stickers, a consistent supporter of Saab history has done an excellent job in providing information about legendary Stig Blomqvist, so I have decided to provide you his information instead of re-inventing the wheel.

Following this writeup, I have also provided a detailed year over year rally summary of Stig Blomqvist with the SAAB automobile from 1970 until 1981.

As soon as he had his driving licence, aged just 18, he was behind the wheel of a Saab 96 -64 at a local rally event near Swedish Karlstad. Astonishingly he finished in 2nd place overall and from that moment his career took off. He drove with the Saab team in the rallies outside his home turf, which gave him his first international victory at the 1971 British RAC Rally. Over the decade he also excelled closer to home, winning the Swedish Rally in 1973, 1977 and 1979. He continued with top performances with Lancia and Lotus Talbot and at the beginning of the 80s he was one of the first drivers to introduce four-wheel drive to the rallying world, driving an Audi Quattro. Competing alongside other Rally masters such as Walter Röhrl, Markku Alén and Hannu Mikkola, he achieved five victories in 1984 and became the World Rally Champion.

His rally career was on top form in the group B car era and he showed his excellence with the Nissan, Ford and Peugeot teams. In the 90s he used his experience of two wheel drive cars to help the Skoda Motorsport team to develop the Felicia Kit Car. In what later became rally folklore, during a guest appearance at the 1996 Rally of Great Britain, he finished 3rd overall with a Skoda Felicia Kit Car 1,6.

In 2001, Stig Blomqvist, together with co-driver Ana Goni, competed in the World Rally Championship with a group N Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI, finishing in 5th place overall in the 2001 FIA group N classification.

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