Happy Birthday, Harri Rovanpera!

I love this guy. Just looking at his smiling face makes me happy. I just wish he were around so I could look at him! He may or may not be retired, but maybe if he knows he still has fans, he’ll quit selling his jet skis and come back to the WRC.

Why I’m a fan:

The sunny disposition. In a 2003 interview, Phil Pugh said his favorite rally driver was “Harri Rovanpera–always smiling, never b****ing.” That about sums it up.

He’s one of the seasoned pros. One victory (his very first outing in the Peugeot 206) and over 110 WRC starts. Minus the ill-suited pairing with the Skoda Fabia in 2006, he’s been a steady fixture.

He’s got one of my all-time favorite rally names. Although the announcer at the 2006 Race of Champions had trouble with it. “Harri Rovprrmt…”

I know the chances of him coming back are rather slim, but I do appreciate what he’s contributed to the WRC as a great driver and a gentleman. So if you’re in Finland, go show him your love and buy a jet ski from him.

Harri’s blonde goatee

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April 17, 2007. Appreciation, Peugeot, Rally, Rallying, WRC.

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