Written by: Sam Collins
Stockcar Engineering Magazine
Did you know that Ayrton Senna tried his hand at Rallying? Few people do; even less have seen the images. But the legendary driver arrived in a Welsh forest in 1986 at the behest of Cars and Car Conversions magazine to sample five of the most modern national and international rally machines. It would be a day to remember, despite the account of the experience having been long forgotten.
The Brazilian driver was a race winner but not yet a World Champion, and he did not bother bringing his driving gloves because he thought it would be like driving a road car. He was wrong and admitted it "It's much more exciting here than in a Formula One car. Because here you don't have the top, top speed, but you have a tremendous acceleration. In the Escort, unbelievable acceleration - and it's rough. It's a much more instant emotion than it is in a Formula One car"
After the event, the magazine printed some incredible pictures to go with their article, but years ago, Cars and Car Conversions closed its doors and everything to do with the magazine was taken on by its sister title, Racecar Engineering. With no obvious editorial or content link, Racecar placed all of those assets into archive storage.
Recently the staff in London uncovered those pictures of Senna in a range of rallying machinery including the awesome Williams Grand Prix-built MG Metro 6R4, and discovered that Senna had enjoyed the day so much that he almost regretted not being a rally driver full time. But he was not tempted to switch "I don't think so. Because it is in the learning process where you take the biggest risks. To go rallying the risk is far, far too high. And I have taken enough risks in Formula One to be where I am."
Edited by DOF_Renault_BMW, 10 October 2008 - 08:27 PM.