Erik Carlsson has died today, age 86.
The big fella, born in Trollhättan, quite rightly became known as Mr Saab
He won the first 'proper' RAC Rally in 1960, repeating the feat in '61 & '62
His list of victories was impressive
1957 1000 Lakes (The first non Finn to win)
1959 Swedish Rally
1959 Deutschland Rally
1961 Acropolis Rally
1962 & 1963 Monte Carlo Rally
1964 Sanremo Rally
He married Pat Moss (sister of Stirling).
His Car control was legendary (it had to be, because Saabs back then weren't known for their power output!)
On his way to victory during the 1963 MonteCarlo Rally