INSIDE LATVALA-LAND

JARI-MATTI LATVALA HAS LIFTED THE LID ON HIS AMAZING COLLECTION OF WRC CARS AND RALLY MEMORABILIA IN A NEW VIDEO TOUR OF HIS PARC FERMÉ MUSEUM IN FINLAND.

Located in Latvala’s home town of Tuuri, the museum is part garage, part storeroom and part shrine to the sport of rallying and the 32-year-old’s numerous achievements behind the wheel.

Rally mad Latvala lives and breathes the WRC, and on display are a huge collection of rally items with personal significance that he has gathered since he was a boy.

The vehicles on show include his first rally car, a Sunbeam Avenger that he began driving at nine years old, and a selection of classic WRC machinery from every era.

Stand out cars include a 1984 Group B Audi Quattro, an ex-Juha Kankkunen 1995 Toyota Celica GT four, and a 1999 Toyota Corolla World Rally Car built for Didier Auriol. The museum is also home to the 287bhp Mark II Ford Escort RS that Latvala campaigns in historic rallies.

Upstairs are the dozens trophies that Latvala has collected over the years. And among the silverware are various bent wings and bonnets that commemorate his less successful outings.

This being Finland, the museum complex also has space for a 10-person sauna, shower block and outside terrace to cool down!






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