Rally Magic: Alen, Lancia And Sanremo

Rally Magic: Alen, Lancia And Sanremo

Rally legend Markku Alen was reunited with some of the Lancias of the 1970s and '80s recently. The venue for his date with these beautiful Italian icons; Sanremo. David Evans went along for the ride

It's 1978 and Markku Alen has finally got his own way – he's finally got a Lancia Stratos. And it's the right one. And it's Sanremo, the perfect stage for that most Italian of rally cars and that most Italian of Finns.

Now, it's 1978 again. And the 19-time world rally winner – and world rally champion for 11 days – is back in Sanremo, San Bernardo di Conio to be precise. And, of course, he's back with a Stratos. Thirty-four years after Alen first slid into one of these cars, he once again crams his six-foot-plus frame into the Lancia's shockingly small cabin with remarkable ease.

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