Friday | 06 Mar 2020

Toivo: the life of Henri Toivonen

Never a world champion but poised to be one of rallying’s greats, Henri Toivonen has been the focus of many authors since his untimely death in Corsica in 1986.

The latest tribute to the Finn is ‘Toivo’, a book by Italian motorsport journalist Marco Cariati, which charts the life and career of the man who became the youngest winner of a WRC event in 1980, shortly after his 24th birthday.

The book is illustrated with 170 colour and black and white images, some of which have never previously been published.

It examines Toivonen’s early days in karting and circuit racing, in which he became a national champion, before he turned his attentions to rallying and factory drives with Talbot, Opel, Porsche and eventually Lancia.

Video: In memory of Henri Toivonen

Toivo spotlights the co-drivers who partnered him to his three WRC victories – Paul White, Neil Wilson and especially Sergio Cresto, who also perished at the Tour de Corse in a crash which ended the incredible Group B era of rally cars.

Chapters dedicated to father Pauli, the 1968 European champion, and brother Harri as well as statistics charting Henri’s motorsport career complete the volume.

More information on the book, priced at 28.50 euros softback and 32.50 euros hardback, is available here.

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