David Richards' telephone is ringing. It's March, 1989 and two worlds are about to collide; a legend about to be born.
It's no surprise that Richards remembers that first call from Ryuichiro Kuze, the founding president of Subaru's Tecnica International division. That was the deal that turned Prodrive into a world-beater.
There was, of course, Prodrive before Subaru and David Richards Autosport before Prodrive. But, 30 years ago, Richards opened the doors and started trading under a name that would go on to take six World Rally Championship titles, enjoy success at Le Mans and now help put machinery on Mars.
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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