I 1984 var jeg så heldig at få mulighed for at teste den Lancia 037, som Markku Alen kort tid forinden havde kørt til en andenplads i Rally New Zealand.

På den tid var det ikke almindeligt hos Lancia – eller andre fabriksteam – at lade pressen muntre sig med deres fabriksbiler, så det hele var lidt tys-tys, og jeg måtte gå væk fra bilen, da en flok japanske journalister kom forbi, for at undgå spørgsmål om, hvad der foregik.

Oplevelsen endte som en artikel i Bilen Motor og Sport året efter. Vi var ikke altid så aktuelle i de dage. Billederne her på siden er scannet fra de originale prøvetryk, såkaldte cromaliner, og derfor med redaktionens kommentarer inden tryk.

In 1984, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to test the Lancia 037 that Markku Alen had driven to a second place in Rally New Zealand shortly before.
In those days it wasn’t common for Lancia – or other factory teams – to let the press have a run in their factory cars, so things were a bit hush-hush and I had to walk away from the car when a bunch of Japanese journalists came by to avoid questions about what was going on.
The experience ended up as an article in Bilen Motor og Sport the following year. We weren’t always so current in those days. The images on this page are scanned from the original proofs, known as cromalins, and therefore with editorial comments before printing.

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