Loix, arguably Belgium’s most successful rally star, is a bit of a hero: in fact, he doesn’t even need a full complement of functioning limbs to do well in a rally car.
He’s enjoyed plenty of triumphs throughout his career, but it’s fair to say that the 2002 season didn’t get off to a very good start when he picked an argument with a bridge parapet on Rallye Monte-Carlo and lost. It was a moment that the people standing on the parapet at the time are not going to forget in a hurry either.
Fortunately the only casualty of the incident was Loix’s left foot, which was neatly broken. But this didn’t deter him from starting Rally Sweden a couple of weeks later, complete with a special sling built into the footwell of his Hyundai Accent WRC so that he could stretch out and rest his plastered leg on road sections. On the stages the injured foot was somewhat busy - as Loix is a master of left foot braking.
“It means I can’t brake as much but that’s OK - my times are sure to be faster!” quipped Loix at the time. In the end, he retired with clutch failure having run as high as fourth overall.
Loix is no stranger to broken bones, having rolled heavily on the 1999 Safari Rally. Despite being given a clean bill of health at the time, it was discovered that he had actually broken his neck...