Pauli Toivonen

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Toivonen (in the middle) with Rauno Aaltonen and Timo Mäkinen

Pauli Toivonen (August 22, 1929 in Jyväskylä, Finland - February 14, 2005) was a Finnish rally car driver. He drove for Citroën, Lancia and Porsche and had many successes to his credit. Pauli was the father of Harri and Henri Toivonen.

Toivonen was awarded a controversial first place on the 1966 Monte Carlo Rally after a protest by the Citroën team manager against the top finishing British cars. As a result, the top three placing Minis of Timo Mäkinen, Rauno Aaltonen and Paddy Hopkirk and Roger Clark's 4th place Ford Cortina were disqualified. The reason given by rally officials was that the headlamp bulbs were not homologated following a last minute rule change. Toivonen was so embarrassed that he boycotted the post-rally awards ceremony and never drove for Citroën again.

As a result, Pauli did not brag about his victory in the prestigious Monte Carlo rally because he felt he had not deserved the victory. However, when his son, Henri came in first at the same event twenty years later —- this time in a convincing manner —- Pauli said, "Now the name of Toivonen has been cleared."

Pauli was European Rally champion in 1968 and won four other events for Porsche in the same year.

Whilst Pauli Toivonen was mainly known for driving rally cars, he also drove for Porsche in World Sportscar Championship races and for Renault in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Notable results[edit]

Toivonen after winning the 1962 1000 Lakes Rally
Year Rally Finish Car Co-driver
1961 Thousand Lakes Rally 2nd Citroën Jaakko Kallio
1962 Thousand Lakes Rally 1st Citroën DS19 Jaakko Kallio
1963 Monte Carlo Rally 2nd Citroën DS19 A. Jarvi
1965 Thousand Lakes Rally 3rd Volkswagen 1500S Kalevi Leivo
1966 Monte Carlo Rally 1st Citroën DS21 E. Mikander
1967 Swedish Rally 6th Lancia Ahava
Tour de Corse 2nd Lancia M. Tiukkanen
Thousand Lakes Rally 7th Lancia Salonen
1968 Monte Carlo Rally 2nd Porsche 911T M. Tiukkanen
Acropolis Rally 3rd Porsche 911T M. Kolari
West German Rally 1st Porsche 911T M. Kolari
East German Rally 1st Porsche 911T M. Kolari
San Remo Rally 1st Porsche 911T M. Tiukkanen
Castrol-Danube Rally 1st Porsche 911T M. Tiukkanen
Geneva Rally 1st Porsche 911T Vihervaara
European Champion
1969 Acropolis 1st Porsche 911S M. Kolari
Sporting positions
Preceded by
G1: Sobiesław Zasada
G2: Bengt Söderström
G3: Vic Elford
European Rally Champion
1968
Succeeded by
Harry Källström

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