In 1974, as a bright-eyed and busy-tailed wanna-be rallyist in South Africa, I first set eyes on Ove Andersson.
The Swede, already a legend in international rally circles after winning the previous year's Rallye Monte Carlo, had become a regular visitor to southern Africa after entering the 1971 Total Rally in a Renault 12, with then-wife Liz Nystrom making the trip to co-drive Pat Moss-Carlsson.
Ove was in a pristine blue and white Toyota Celica (the first model), and our paths crossed at a refuel stop/lengthy halt in Swaziland. He was, of course, Car 1 on the road; I was so far back I was lonely, and recall that I did not finish, whereas he went on to win. This contrast later became a standing joke between us.