Bjorn Waldegard

The Australian Rally Museum was saddened to hear recently of the passing of Bjorn Waldegard.

Bjorn was the first driver to win the World Rally Championship, in 1979.

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Here in Australia we were lucky enough to see Bjorn in action during that same year when he came to drive one of Colin Bond’s factory supported BDA Escorts. He is seen here in action on the opening stage at Amaroo Park.

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Modern Motor reported:

World Champion Bjorn Waldegard in his works Ford EscortRS1800 showed the title was deserved with one of the classiest performances yet seen at a Southern Cross – even though he did not win the event. Waldegard won 18 of the 35 special stages, finished second in seven and third in two.

So Waldegard has had a warm place in the hearts of Australian rally fans ever since and the car he drove YJT444, especially prepared for the event, continued the legend of the factory Escorts, firstly in the hands of Greg Carr and then with leading privateer Ian Hill.

We salute Bjorn’s extra-ordinary talent and mourn his passing.

How better to remember him, though than with the classic “ice dancing” video.