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The Original One
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AcropolisAs rough and hot rallies on Eastern Mediterranean are abundant these days, it is easy to forget that before inclusion of Cyprus and Turkey there was only one, the original, the Acropolis Rally. One of the rallies that has yet to adopt the name of the country in official name of the event, Acropolis is truly one of the classic events in the series.

Greece is cradle of western civilization, home to some of the greatest philosophers mankind has known. The rally itself is complete opposite of these academic values, rough and demanding. At times stages have been described even worse than those of Safari Rally and since that event was dropped, Acropolis has inherited the questionable fame of being roughest rally on WRC calendar.

In the old days, rally used to start from the foot of Acropolis hill in Athens where famous Parthenon Temple resides and from where the name of the rally derives. That has now been abandoned as stages are in central Greece and long liaison for the sake of ceremonial start was deemed unnecessary. Hellenic heritage runs strong nevertheless, giving the event special flavour.

Due to demanding nature of the stages, for a long event was a thinking man's rally. Introduction of puncture-proof tyres in late 1980's have changed the approach and speeds on rough greek roads have increased. Curiously enough it is Colin McRae who has five wins to his name though he is not regarded as a model of self-restraint, a archtype best suited to Acropolis rally.

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Previous winners
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 1973:   Therier, Jean-Luc   Renault-Alpine A110 1800   69.06 km/h 
 1975:   Rohrl, Walter   Opel Ascona   62.08 km/h 
 1976:   Kallstrom, Harry   Datsun Violet   82.10 km/h 
 1977:   Waldegard, Bjorn   Ford Escort RS1800   80.25 km/h 
 1978:   Rohrl, Walter   Fiat 131 Abarth   73.31 km/h 
 1979:   Waldegard, Bjorn   Ford Escort RS1800   69.44 km/h 
 1980:   Vatanen, Ari   Ford Escort RS1800   73.01 km/h 
 1981:   Vatanen, Ari   Ford Escort RS1800   72.13 km/h 
 1982:   Mouton, Michele   Audi quattro   74.94 km/h 
 1983:   Rohrl, Walter   Lancia Rally 037   74.67 km/h 
 1984:   Blomqvist, Stig   Audi quattro A2   74.47 km/h 
 1985:   Salonen, Timo   Peugeot 205 Turbo 16   78.45 km/h 
 1986:   Kankkunen, Juha   Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 E2   78.01 km/h 
 1987:   Alen, Markku   Lancia Delta HF 4WD   72.34 km/h 
 1988:   Biasion, Massimo   Lancia Delta Integrale   74.62 km/h 
 1989:   Biasion, Massimo   Lancia Delta Integrale   78.30 km/h 
 1990:   Sainz, Carlos   Toyota Celica GT-4 (ST165)   77.04 km/h 
 1991:   Kankkunen, Juha   Lancia Delta HF Integrale 16v   80.14 km/h 
 1992:   Auriol, Didier   Lancia Delta HF Integrale   78.32 km/h 
 1993:   Biasion, Massimo   Ford Escort RS Cosworth   78.93 km/h 
 1994:   Sainz, Carlos   Subaru Impreza 555   76.17 km/h 
 1996:   McRae, Colin   Subaru Impreza 555   77.58 km/h 
 1997:   Sainz, Carlos   Ford Escort WRC   81.55 km/h 
 1998:   McRae, Colin   Subaru Impreza WRC98   82.87 km/h 
 1999:   Burns, Richard   Subaru Impreza WRC99   86.33 km/h 
 2000:   McRae, Colin   Ford Focus WRC 00   78.87 km/h 
 2001:   McRae, Colin   Ford Focus RS WRC 01   82.46 km/h 
 2002:   McRae, Colin   Ford Focus RS WRC 02   83.85 km/h 
 2003:   Martin, Markko   Ford Focus RS WRC 03   81.12 km/h 
 2004:   Solberg, Petter   Subaru Impreza WRC2004   81.07 km/h 
 2005:   Loeb, Sebastien   Citroen Xsara WRC   82.94 km/h 
 2006:   Gronholm, Marcus   Ford Focus RS WRC 06   90.24 km/h 
 2007:   Gronholm, Marcus   Ford Focus RS WRC 06   87.48 km/h 
 2008:   Loeb, Sebastien   Citroen C4 WRC   84.68 km/h 
 2009:   Hirvonen, Mikko   Ford Focus RS WRC 09   81.94 km/h 
 2011:   Ogier, Sebastien   Citroen DS3 WRC   85.51 km/h 
 2012:   Loeb, Sebastien   Citroen DS3 WRC   87.10 km/h 
 2013:   Latvala, Jari-Matti   Volkswagen Polo R WRC   87.16 km/h 
acropolis
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Other events may have mountains but few can boast this spectacular scenery. Click picture to see larger version in a pop-up window
acropolis rough
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Acropolis is known for rough stages and here is a prime example. You can hardly call that a road, can you? Click picture to see larger version in a pop-up window
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Not only rough but also uneven and bumpy, here Sainz tackles the stages. Click picture to see larger version in a pop-up window
Driver wins
  McRae, Colin (5)
  Biasion, Massimo (3)
  Loeb, Sebastien (3)
  Rohrl, Walter (3)
  Sainz, Carlos (3)
  Gronholm, Marcus (2)
  Kankkunen, Juha (2)
  Vatanen, Ari (2)
  Waldegard, Bjorn (2)
  Alen, Markku (1)
  Auriol, Didier (1)
  Blomqvist, Stig (1)
  Burns, Richard (1)
  Hirvonen, Mikko (1)
  Kallstrom, Harry (1)
  Latvala, Jari-Matti (1)
  Martin, Markko (1)
  Mouton, Michele (1)
  Ogier, Sebastien (1)
  Salonen, Timo (1)
  Solberg, Petter (1)
  Therier, Jean-Luc (1)
Manufacturer wins
  Ford (13)
  Lancia (6)
  Subaru (5)
  Citroen (4)
  Audi (2)
  Peugeot (2)
  Datsun (1)
  Fiat (1)
  Opel (1)
  Renault-Alpine (1)
  Toyota (1)
  Volkswagen (1)
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