Stig Blomqvist never craved fame or fortune. In fact he’d have sooner given television interviews a wide berth, particularly
if it kept him from getting behind the wheel of a rally car, something he relished doing.
Blomqvist was one of the form men at world championship level throughout the early to mid-1980s, netting the crown in 1984 and claiming the runner-up spoils the following season with Audi’s dominant Quattro model.
While his spell at Audi earned him the lion’s share of his success in the WRC, it was with Saab that he made his name, claiming the first of his seven Swedish Rally victories in a 96 back in 1971, two years before the advent of the world championship for manufacturers. With wins on the 1000 Lakes Rally and the RAC Rally - the names previously used for Rally Finland and Rally GB respectively - that same year, Blomqvist was now a recognised star.
When Saab quit rallying early in 1981, a move to Talbot brought little success until a chance with Audi for the 1982 season gave him his first real opportunity to fight for WRC glory. He was a winner in Sweden, finished second in Finland and claimed victory in Italy, his first in the WRC outside his homeland.
In addition to his WRC exploits, Blomqvist tackled the British championship in 1983 and won the title courtesy of four wins out of six. World championship glory followed in 1984 on the back of five wins, including success in the Ivory Coast, his last in the WRC.
He began the 1986 season competing for Ford in the Blue Oval’s RS200 before he switched to Peugeot, although he was back in a Ford for his final event of the Group B era, the RAC Rally.
Blomqvist was a Ford driver for the first two seasons of the Group A era in 1987 and 1988 after which he became somewhat of a bit-part player in the WRC. He did, however, enjoy a few cameo roles, such as his third place finish on the RAC in 1996 at the wheel of a nimble Skoda Felicia.
While last appearance in the WRC came in Sweden in 2006 along with co-driver Ana Goni, who funded a number of events during the Noughties, he continues to contest historic events, such as the East African Safari Classic.