Petter Solberg will be staring out of the side window for a good period of time next year, if rumours are true. The 2003 world champion is believed to have bought a classic Ford Escort RS1800 in which to get his kicks while away from the WRC action.
The car is one prepared by Viking Motorsport – the classic rally specialist owned by Phil Mills, Petter’s former co-driver.
Viking-prepared Escorts are proven to be extremely rapid machines in classic competition. Solberg meanwhile follows the likes of Colin McRae and Mikko Hirvonen in buying himself one of the Group 4 cars which made such a legend in the sport through the 1970s with their sideways style and barking BDA engines.
Still a favourite in club-level and classic rallies, regular faces seen peering out of RS1800s include Stig Blomqvist, Gwyndaf Evans and his FIA Academy-winning son Elfyn.