Saab Rally Driver Profile – Simo Lampinen

Posted on 29. May, 2007 by in 2000-2009, 99, Finland, Personalities

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Photo Credit: Saab Automobile

Simo Lampinen, a native of Finland, has had a lengthy history as a SAAB rally driver. His contributions to the SAAB marque have been numerous and it is appropriate to provide a summary of his experiences and collaboration with Saab Automobile over the years. I have provided a writeup and rally history done by the kind folks at the Flying Finns that provides this important information.


Simo Lampinen overcame what was considered a huge obstacle to a rally driver; he contracted polio at a young age. He survived the childhood disease, but it left him with a very pronounced limp. Authorities granted him a driving license at age 17 so he could get to and from school more easily, but he quickly went on to acquire a competition license. He won his first major rally, Finland’s Rally of the 1000 Lakes, in 1963 when he was only 20. He went on to win the Finnish Rally Championship that year. Lampinen repeated that accomplishment in 1964, and won the Ice Racing Championship in 1965.

Lampinen began by driving SAABs, whose front-wheel drive and two-cycle engines were well suited to the winter conditions in Scandinavia. He became part of the Finnish Saab Team, the cars differentiated from the Swedish Saab Team’s red machines by their white and blue paint schemes.

Lampinen was wooed to Lancia in 1970, and won twice that year in the Fulvia HF. He returned to driving for Saab in 1972 and won the 1000 Lakes for the third time.

In recent years, Lampinen has been active as Clerk of Course for the 1000 Lakes Rally, now known as the Rally of Finland. In 1996, he was one of the instructors for the Saab 900 Talladega Challenge, an event at Talladega Speedway in Alabama in which Saab 900s were used to set several International speed records. He also assisted Saab in their assault on Pikes Peak in 2000, when Per Eklund drove to victory in a specially prepared Saab 9-3 Viggen.

Source: Flying Finns

Simo Lampinen – Lifetime Highlights
Year Rally Finish Car Co-driver
1963 1000 Lakes 1st Saab 96 Jyrki Ahava
1963 Finnish Rally ChampionSaab 96  
1964 1000 Lakes 1st Saab 96 Jyrki Ahava
1965 1000 Lakes 4th Saab 96 Jyrki Ahava
1965 Finnish Ice Racing ChampionSaab 96
1966 Swedish 2nd Saab 96  
  1000 Lakes 5th Saab 96 Klaus Sohlberg
1967 Swedish 2nd Saab 96-V4  
  1000 Lakes 2nd Saab 96-V4 Klaus Sohlberg
1968 RAC 1st Saab 96-V4  
  Czech 2nd Saab 96-V4  
  1000 Lakes 2nd Saab 96-V4 Klaus Sohlberg
1969 Swedish 2nd Saab 96-V4  
  Austrian Alpine 4th Saab 96-V4  
  Czech 4th Saab 96-V4  
  1000 Lakes 2nd Saab 96-V4 Klaus Sohlberg
1970 1000 Lakes 3rd Lancia Fulvia John Davenport
  TAP (Portugal) 1st Lancia Fulvia  
  1000 Minutes 1st Lancia Fulvia  
1971 Monte Carlo 6th Lancia Fulvia HF John Davenport
  Acropolis 3rd Lancia Fulvia  
  RAC (Britain) 6th Lancia Fulvia  
  TAP (Portugal) 2nd Lancia Fulvia  
1972 Monte Carlo 4th Lancia Fulvia HF Solve Andreasson
  Maroc 1st Lancia Fulvia  
  Acropolis 2nd Lancia Fulvia  
  1000 Lakes 1st Saab 96-V4 Klaus Sohlberg
  RAC (Britain) 5th Lancia Fulvia  
1973 1000 Lakes 4th Saab 96-V4 John Davenport (GB)
  Zlatni Piassatzi 2nd Lancia Fulvia  
1974 1000 Lakes 5th Saab 96-V4 Juhani Markkanen
  Rideau Lakes (CDN) 2nd Lancia Beta Coupe John Davenport
  P.O.R. (USA) 4th Lancia Beta Coupe John Davenport
1975 Swedish 3rd Lancia Beta Coupe Solve Andreasson (S)
  1000 Lakes 2nd Saab 96-V4 Juhani Markkanen
  Arctic (SF) 1st Saab 96-V4  
  Hanki (SF) 1st Saab 96-V4  
1976 Swedish 4th Lancia Stratos Arne Hertz (S)
  Safari 5th Peugeot 504 Arne Hertz
  1000 Lakes 5th Saab 96-V4 Juhani Markkanen
  Maroc 2nd Peugeot 504 Atso Aho
1977 Swedish 4th Fiat Abarth 131 Rallye Solve Andreasson
  South Pacific 4th Fiat Abarth 131 Rallye Solve Andreasson
  Acropolis 4th Fiat Abarth 131 Rallye Solve Andreasson
1978 Safari 5th Peugeot 504 Coupe V6 Henry Liddon (GB)
  1000 Lakes 5th Fiat Abarth 131 Juhani Markkanen
1979 RAC 17th Triumph TR7 V8

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