Today, 30 years ago, the Finnish rally star Henri Toivonen was killed at Corsica.
I remember that day as if it happened yesterday. I was 11 years old (2 weeks shy of 12) and I stopped watching rally for a while, since my idol in rallying had lost his life and there seemed to be no point in rally anymore.
I visited Henri's grave at the Espoo Cemetery, in Finland to pay my respect to him (I wish the links below to my photos will work). It seems strange that Henri died when he was 29 years old and I was standing there as an almost 42-years-old man, yet remembering how I felt on the 2nd of May, 1986. I'm getting older, I'm much older now than Henri was when he died and Henri will always remain a young man in everyone's minds and hearts.
Thank you, Henri, for all the memories. "You'll never be forgotten, but always remembered." Rest in peace.