On this day in… 1979


World Rally Championship history was made on December 14, 1979 when Mercedes, a manufacturer not hitherto associated with rallying on any level, let alone the top tier, took its maiden series win – in Africa’s Ivory Coast Rally – with the unlikely five-litre V8 450 SLC. And not only that, the German machines dominated, taking a 1-2-3-4.

Hannu Mikkola