Rally Of The 1000 Lakes – Jyväskylän Suurajot 1962

Here is the second part of the Sakari Parikka 8mm film archive to be published. This film is of the 1962 Jyväskylän Suurajot – Rally Of The Thousand Lakes (17-19.8.1962).

Events on the film:
– Preparing for the rally / last minute checks
01:25 – Some special stage footage – unfortunately the film is not in focus for the first part (I cut away some totally blurry shots).
02:38 – More special stage footage (in focus), including a Morris Cooper going off the road (02:43).
05:07 – Sakari and his Saab 93B on the road
05:34 – Break or end of rally, all the cars together
06:58 – Back in Kotka, Sakari waving goodbye

Some of the cars seen on the film:

01:35 – 32. Carl-Magnus Skogh (S), Fergus Sager, Saab 96, (Did not finish)
01:41 – 33. Olle Bromark (S), Kjell Lyxell, Saab 96, (Did not finish)
01:51 – 35. Rauno Aaltonen (Fi), Väinö Nurmimaa, Morris Cooper, (Did not finish)
03:00 – 37. Pauli Toivonen (Fi), Jaakko Kallio, Citroen DS 19, (1st)
03:10 – 46. Onni Vilkas (Fi), Jorma Pulkkinen, Mercedes, (?)
03:21 – 41. Erik Carlsson (S), Gunnar Häggblom, Saab 96 (3rd)
04:59 – 100. Sakari Parikka (Fi), Heikki Kontula, Saab 93B (64th)

So there we go – enjoy the film!

Or access directly on Youtube: Rally Of The 1000 Lakes – Jyväskylän Suurajot 1962

Ice Racing in Finland, 1960ies

I have received some pretty cool “home videos” from Mikko Parikka (check the earlier post).

As I told before his father Sakari Parikka was a rally driver and mechanic. But he was also interested in filming home movies. As it happens – Sakari filmed a bunch of 8 mm films in 1960ies. And in color! No sound though, as it came later when Super8 film cameras came out.

But, there’s some pretty cool stuff here. I’m going to publish a bunch of films I have scanned and cut together. This is the first film – a collection of ice racing footage from the 1960ies. Sakari had a cream-colored Saab 93 which can be seen on the film, but there’s also footage of other cars, such as the Mercedes of Onni Vilkas.

I have scanned some footage of the Rally Of The Thousand Lakes 1962. I will edit and publish it next. (Hopefully in a few days or a weeks time).

But the real treat is four long reels of amateur film footage of the 1961 to 1963 Monte Carlo Rallies! Yes – Sakari had his camera with him on all those tours, and he used it. There’s some pretty rare footage on those reels and I’m thinking of editing them into a more cohesive story, with some background info included. So – publishing those will take a longer time, but I want to do justice to this material.

Here’s first of the films – Ice Racing in Finland in the 1960ies

A bit of racing history…

A fellow Saab-Club member Mikko Parikka offered me some pretty cool old stuff for the Saab Sport project. The items themselves are interesting, but so is the history behind them. The whole Parikka family has something of a racing history. So – a few words about that first:

Mikko's mother Hillka Parikka was a co-driver for Maj-Brit Råback. They competed in car orienteering with a Saab 96, winning the Ladies Cup in 1976, but also other top positions through the years.
Mikko’s mother Hillka Parikka was a co-driver for Maj-Brit Råback. They competed in car orienteering with a Saab 96, winning the Ladies Cup in 1976, but also other top positions through the years.
Mikkos father Sakari Parikka was a rally driver himself. Here is a photo of his BMW 700LS Coupe just before Rally Of The Thousand Lakes 1961.
Mikkos father Sakari Parikka was a rally driver himself. Here is a photo of his BMW 700LS Coupe just before Rally Of The Thousand Lakes 1961.
Sakari also worked as a mechanic for Onni Vilkas - a well known privateer rally driver in Finland. Sakari was part of the team on several occasions for example in the Monte-Carlo Rallye.
Sakari also worked as a mechanic for Onni Vilkas – a well known privateer rally driver in Finland. Sakari was part of the team on several occasions for example in the Monte-Carlo Rallye.
Some Monte-Carlo Rallye service car plackards.
Some Monte-Carlo Rallye service car plackards.

So – all the items I got from Mikko are part of this racing history. They have actually been used in the cars and by the people above, and that’s just pretty awesome and cool.

Here’s what I got:

A Saab Sport speedometer. I was wondering about the changed markings on the back. A fellow car enthusiast pointed out that it probably means the final ratio was changed. I think the final ratio was changed from Saab Sport ratio to the regular Sedan ratio to use the gauge in a normal Saab 96.
A Saab Sport speedometer. I was wondering about the changed markings on the back. A fellow car enthusiast pointed out that it probably means the final ratio was changed. I think the final ratio was changed from Saab Sport ratio to the regular Sedan ratio to use the gauge in a normal Saab 96.
A Heuer Chronograph with a dash mount. A useful tool in rallying and car orienteering to time the transitions and stages.
A Heuer Chronograph with a dash mount. A useful tool in rallying and car orienteering to time the transitions and stages.
The chronograph is probably from the sixties. Such a beautiful movement.
The chronograph is probably from the sixties. Such a beautiful movement.
Halda Tripmaster and a Twinmaster for car orienteering. Used to measure precise travel distances.
Halda Tripmaster and a Twinmaster for car orienteering. Used to measure precise travel distances.
Old B.F. Goodrich mud&snow tyres with studs - probably from the sixties or early seventies. These came originally to Mikko from Jari Vilkas (Saab Works Finland rally driver also), son of Onni Vilkas mentioned above. Onni had a tyre shop. The cool thing is that BFG was an American company, but the tyres were made in Sweden, and studded in Finland at Onni's shop!
Old B.F. Goodrich mud&snow tyres with studs – probably from the sixties or early seventies. These came originally to Mikko from Jari Vilkas (Saab Works Finland rally driver also), son of Onni Vilkas mentioned above. Onni had a tyre shop. The cool thing is that BFG was an American company, but the tyres were made in Sweden, and studded in Finland at Onni’s shop!
B.F. Goodrich 15-5.20. Narrow tyres give huge grip on ice because of the surface pressure.
B.F. Goodrich 15-5.20. Narrow tyres give huge grip on ice because of the surface pressure.
I seem to recall that Simo Lampinen sometime told me that the Works cars in Finland used 300 studs each wheel in front and 200 at the back to get the traction needed.
I seem to recall that Simo Lampinen sometime told me that the Works cars in Finland used 300 studs each wheel in front and 200 at the back to get the traction needed.

Garage improvement

The garage was getting a bit crowded with three cars, spares, and some new parts I bought. We have been planning on building some more storage space and shelves.

The Saab 96 “Rally” is now completely painted, just finished the rear fenders today. Next – the engine build. (After we get rest of the shelves done and garage floor cleared…)