Saturday 13 April
Stuart Turner in conversation with Erik Carlsson
Erik Carlsson is a man for whom the word ‘legend’ might have been invented - a Saab driver from the 1950s until he retired in 1967, and a company spokesman for the next thirty years, Erik is the most famous of all Scandinavian and Saab rally drivers.
Having met Pat Moss in European motorsport in the late 1950s, the two rapidly became inseparable - when Erik was not driving Saabs in events, he was often to be seen driving BMC ‘chase cars’ at the time – and they were married in 1963.
Even after his rallying days were long gone, Erik would occasionally take out a ‘works’ Saab in front of the media, and set incredibly competitive times on special stages in testing. Even in the 1970s, when alighting from cars like the 99 Turbo, on such occasions, he would ease his creaking back, grin, and then quip : ‘Not bad …. for old man ….’
Erik will be in conversation with Stuart Turner who was co-driver with Erik on his first RAC Rally win and later, when running the BMC Competitions Department, tried hard but unsuccessfully, to bring Erik into the BMC team.
All Evenings are held in the Lecture Theatre of the Collections Centre from 7.30pm. The Museum is open from 6.00pm (at no extra charge). A pay bar is available for the purchase of beers, wines, soft drinks and tea & coffee. We regret we are unable to provide food.
Erik and Stuart have very kindly agreed to award the 2012 Saab Historic Rally Team trophies at the end of the event, come and find out who won what:
- The Erik Carlsson Trophy for best performance
- The Triple Trophy for outstanding support from the service crews
- The Expensive Noises Trophy