When you have been competing regularly for 14 years or more, this year has become very strange. But it’s also been a good chance for me to focus my efforts on my Parc Fermé museum.
I think a few people know I am quite interested in the history of the rally sport. I’ve been collecting some cars for a while now and have some Audis, Fords and Toyotas in the museum already. But recently, I have expanded that a little bit more.
I have added three more Toyota Celicas. One is an ex-Mats Jonsson’s 1992 Swedish Rally-winning car, one was driven by Markku Alén and the other was Marcus Grönholm’s car from the 1992 1000 Lakes. This last one, I won’t use. It’s quite a famous car and I want to keep it for the museum. Marcus crashed from the rally in Vaheri stage, but he led after Harju.
I really enjoy to look to where the cars came from and bring them back to just how they were when the left the factory. But I also love to drive them.
I have been driving a Celica GT4 recently and this is the car I am thinking I might use in the FIA European Historic Rally Championship next season – it would be interesting to take this car to some of the asphalt events in Italy and other places.
I have three people working with me in the museum, working on the cars. Like you can imagine, we have sometimes had some difficult times to find the right parts – this is why we now invested in a 3D printing machine. So now, we can make a lot of our own plastic parts, which really helps to keep everything more original.
For my plans in the World Rally Championship, they went down a little bit when we lost Neste Rally Finland to coronavirus. This was tough for us Finns to take. When I heard that and then soon after Rally GB was the same story, then I thought I would take some time and make my plans more towards the next season.