The sight was incredible: people everywhere - literally thousands of them lining one side of the road. The sound was perfect: Queen's Under Pressure boomed out in stereo from 100 radios. The smell was pure Finland: Karjala and fags.
This was Palsankyla, last Friday morning. Just after nine.
Spectating on the '1000 Lakes' is always about so much more than the cars. Or, at least you think it is. And then the cars come and you remember that all the other stuff is just peripheral to a car going ballistic at 100mph.
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David Evans is the rallies editor of Autosport and Motorsport News. A successful rally driving father ensured an early introduction to motorsport and, fascinated as he was by rallying, the fourth estate was of equal interest. Having read (or at least looked at the pictures) from the age of two, he joined <i>Motoring News</i> in 1996 and later moved to Autosport in 2002.@davidevansrally More features by David Evans