Happy Birthday to Marcus Gronholm!

How could we with words possibly capture Marcus Gronholm: the Big Finn, Bosse, He of Endless Funny Quotes? All I can do is list all the reasons why he is wonderful.

First and foremost, he is fast. He’s 39 years old and shows no signs of slowing down. He’s been unbeatable on gravel in the Focus, pushing Seb to his absolute limit and still beating the Frenchman.
Like I said, Marcus is really funny. What’s even more comical is that he’s usually frowning, and doesn’t even mean to be funny. Enjoy some sound clips.
He even scratches his head funny. Look for it, and you’ll see what I mean.
The Finnish accent. With all the rrrrolling rrrrs.
The way he always says, “but OK” and “yeeeah…” and “heh!”
And “Oy, oy, oy!”
And all the other sound effects and gestures and faces he makes.
I don’t know if it makes him wonderful, but the fact that he doesn’t blink is unique. Weird, even.
His grumpiness. It’s endearing, really. He’s like a Finnish Walter Matthau.
Marcus is a farmer. Absolutely nothing fast about farming, yet somehow he’s the fastest living man on gravel.
He likes Bond. James Bond.
He’s got quite the filthy mouth. This is what it sounds like when harm befalls the car: “Beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep. Beeeeep.” Petter swears often, but Marcus swears long.
His column for RallyWorld Magazine is always entertaining. And for some occassional gems, (shh) go read the official FIA press conferences.
The way his Focus eats foliage. “Christmas trees,” Marcus calls ’em.

Geez…gotta save some for next year. Marcus is one of a kind. Irreplaceable. We love him, period. So a huge happy birthday to you” from me (and Timo).

Foliage-chomping Focus As if Marcus weren’t already tall enough…

This is my current wallpaper. Hehe. One of a billion funny faces

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February 6, 2007. Appreciation, Auto Racing, Ford, Motorsport, Rally, Rallying, WRC.

One Comment

  1. Marcus Gronholm Announces His Retirement « What in the World Rally? replied:

    […] end with a look back at my birthday tribute to Marcus, a link to the funny pictures thread at Marcus’ forums, and the best picture of him I could […]

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