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Chief Instructor of BMW Driver Training

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Order of the Finnish Lion

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Monte Carlo Minis: Classic Motorsports

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All this changed dramatically in 1962, when Rauno Aaltonen, the Flying Finn, entered the Monte Carlo Rally for the first time at the wheel of a Mini Cooper. Unfortunately, this very nearly became his last rally, too, as his Mini rolled over in an accident, landed on its roof and caught fire. Aaltonen had just a few seconds to escape before his Mini became a victim of the flames.

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Rauno Aaltonen was 1963's most successful Mini driver. He clinched a class victory while crossing the finish line third overall.
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Then, in this historic French city, rally officials carefully made a note of the number plates on the three red Minis: 33 EJB driven by Paddy Hopkirk, LBL 6D with Rauno Aaltonen at the wheel, and AJB 44B piloted by Timo Mäkinen.
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To round off the Mini's triumphant appearance, Mäkinen was fourth with 2593.8 points, while Rauno Aaltonen crossed the line in sixth place with 2619.5 points.
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At the end of the rally, the spectacular and eye-catching style of all three drivers convinced many that Hopkirk, Mäkinen and Aaltonen must indeed be modern incarnations of Dumas' Three Musketeers.
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From the start, the teams lived up to this commitment, as Mäkinen, Aaltonen and Hopkirk left all the others far behind, finishing first, second and third at the end of the event.
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Entering the event as number 177, Rauno Aaltonen finally ended up in first place, 12 seconds ahead of the second-place Lancia.
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In 1964, Hopkirk, Aaltonen and Mäkinen didn't get off so easily, as these same roads were covered in snow and ice.
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Paddy Hopkirk, Rauno Aaltonen and Timo Mäkinen pose with the legendary Mini Cooper that Hopkirk drove to the overall victory in the 1964 Rally Automobile Monte Carlo.
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In addition to the engineering talent of Mini designer Alec Issigonis and the tuning abilities of John Cooper, the Mini's rally success can also be attributed to the men behind the wheel: Paddy Hopkirk, Rauno Aaltonen and Timo Mäkinen.
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Rauno Aaltonen
Rauno Aaltonen was born in Turku, Finland, on Jan. 7 1938, and from the very beginning he was fascinated by everything motorsport had to offer: At the tender young age of 12, he started racing fast boats on water, winning the Finnish Speed Boat Championship no less than seven times and even bringing home the Scandinavian Championship at the young age of 20.
Another of Aaltonen's passions was motorcycles, and he became a member of the National Speedway Team and won the Scandinavian Grand Prix in road racing on a 125cc Ducati. At the time, he majored in economic science and then dedicated his attention to rallying. During the summer, he battled for points at the wheel of a Mercedes; in the winter, he drove a Saab and won the Finnish Rally Championship in 1961.
Rauno Aaltonen joined the BMC Team in 1962, entering the Monte Carlo Rally at the wheel of a Mini Cooper. Holding second place just three kilometers from the finish line, he misjudged a bend and rolled the car in a bad accident. The car immediately caught fire, and Rauno barely managed to get out and escape the flames in time. A year later, he finished third overall in the Monte Carlo Rally in his Mini Cooper and won his class. He finished seventh in 1964.
After scoring a number of wins and leading places in international rallies, Rauno Aaltonen won the European Rally Championship in 1965. The success didn't stop there, as he saw much success throughout 1966. In January 1967, with the help of the right tires and his inimitable style, he became the overall winner in the Monte Carlo Rally.
Known as the "Flying Finn," he spent the following years as a works driver with Lancia, Saab and Nissan. In 1976, he was appointed chief instructor of BMW Driver Training, not only because of his driving skills, but also on account of his analytical and teaching talents, earning him the nickname "Rally Professor."
In 1981, the government of Finland honored Aaltonen's commitment to motorsports and road safety by making him a member of the Order of the Finnish Lion. Germany presented him with the Cristophorus Prize.
Today, Rauno Aaltonen remains active in both motorsports and traffic safety as a popular driver and sought-after advisor.


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Rauno Aaltonen

Rauno Aaltonen was born in Turku, Finland, on 7 January 1938 - and from the very beginning he was fascinated by everything motorsport had to offer: At the tender young age of 12 he started racing fast boats on water, winning the Finnish Speed Boat Championship no less than 7 times and even bringing home the Scandinavian Championship at the young age of 20. Another of Rauno's passions was motorcycles where he became a member of the National Speedway Team and won the Scandinavian Grand Prix in road racing on a 125-cc Ducati. At that time he majored at university in economic science and then dedicated his attention to rally racing. In summer he battled for points at the wheel of a Mercedes, in winter he drove a Saab and won the Finnish Rally Championship in 1961. Rauno Aaltonen joined the BMC Team in 1962, entering the Monte Carlo Rally at the wheel of a Mini Cooper. Holding second place just three kilometres from the finish line, he misjudged a bend and rolled over the car in a bad accident. With his car catching fire immediately, Rauno barely managed to get out and escape the flames in time. A year later he finished third overall in the Monte Carlo Rally in his Mini Cooper and won his particular class, then finishing 7th in 1964. After scoring a number of wins and leading places in international rallies, Rauno Aaltonen won the European Rally Championship in 1965. He then continued his story of success throughout 1966, moving on to another highlight in January 1967 when, in his inimitable style and with the help of the right tires, he became the overall winner in the Monte Carlo Rally. Well-known as the "Flying Finn", Rauno spent the following years as a works driver with Lancia, Saab, and Nissan. In 1976 he was appointed Chief Instructor of BMW Driver Training also on account of his analytical and teaching talents giving him the nickname "Rally Professor". In 1981 the government of Finland honoured Rauno's commitment to motorsport and road safety by making Aaltonen a member of the Order of the Finnish Lion, and in Germany he was awarded the Cristophorus Prize. To this very day, Rauno Aaltonen remains active in both motorsport and traffic safety as a very popular driver and sought-after advisor.
Rauno with a Ferrari Dino 246 GT Rauno Aaltonen (left) and Lars
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A big star in a small car: Rauno Aaltonen all about Mini and MINI
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Rauno, Timo and Paddy were reunited recently in Monte Carlo and got to drive around the roads they know so well... It was reported on by the Telegraph:
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Rauno Aaltonen, Timo Mäkinen and Paddy


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Rauno AaltonenDriver of BMC 1800 Mark 11, number 61, is the leader of the strong BMC Team in the Marathon.Aaltonen the winner of 1966 Monte Carlo Rally, is an ex-European rally champion.He joined BMC's works team in 1962.He is rated as one of Europe's best drivers with scores of wins to his credit.

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