If you want to go to a FRC round, the Nilsiä Rally usually runs the second weekend in March. It's about 3.5 hours north of Helsinki, based outside Iisalmi. It's much smaller than the Tampere Rally, for instance, but it should still have a couple of genuine WRC cars, and a whole host of Evos...
If you want to go to a historic rally or blind rally, just go to the nearest junction of two gravel roads. You'll see one soon enough.
Where in Finland are you going to be?
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- Bookmark www.ralli.net and check out "Kalenterit". They got the whole rally calendar in Finland.
- March is "maaliskuu" in Finnish. "Pohjola Ralli" and "Hankiralli" (Snow rally) are the two biggest. Hankiralli close to Helsinki, Pohjola up north in Oulu.
- Forget WRC cars...there's hundreds of 230HP Mk1-2 Escorts, 175HP Starlets and 250HP Opels to cheer. Go and see National "F" 2WD class in action - awesom power and driving!
- Also, check out A-B-C Junior classes - they're fun to watch. Snow is flying. Don't bother to go further than stage 1 or 2, 50% usually stuff it there...
>What's the best way to get to spectator locations? Are
>these type of rallies heavily spectated? It would be pretty
>cool to ski into a location. I definitely will have to
>recruit some local knowledge.
Go early, walk up to any of the dozens of cute Finnish women which are found everywhere, and say "Hej Kaunis! I'm am poor lost American boy and it's cold, can I stay at your place tonight?"
Then after a couple of days of Boom-ba-boom-ba you can emerge like bears in springtime, and go watch the rally together, she can actually speak the language which nobody really understands, and is impossible to learn, and can ask the drivers about what they have done to their cars and if they are criminally insane, or what.
Definately see what normal people with normal budgets build and how aggressive they drive, you'll probably foul your britches, I know I nearly did watching Swedish District Championship rallies in the early 90s.
>I guess I will end up lugging the entire camera system
>across the pond