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Dead weight
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Ivory Coast Rally was arguably dead weight for the World Championship. FISA regulations required minimum of 50 starters or event would not be included next year's calendar and one of the very few events that have ever had problems with this ruling was Ivory Coast. For a long, entry list was filled with near-standard cars which retired soon after first time control was out of sight. These entries were drafted in by the organiser in order to fill up the minimum requirement, rumoredly using any means necessary.

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Previous winners
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 1978:   Nicolas, Jean-Pierre   Peugeot 504 V6 Coupe   100.47 km/h 
 1979:   Mikkola, Hannu   Mercedes Benz 450 SLC 5.0   95.48 km/h 
 1980:   Waldegard, Bjorn   Mercedes Benz 500 SLC   86.93 km/h 
 1981:   Salonen, Timo   Datsun Violet   96.68 km/h 
 1982:   Rohrl, Walter   Opel Ascona 400   95.15 km/h 
 1983:   Waldegard, Bjorn   Toyota Celica Twincam Turbo    
 1984:   Blomqvist, Stig   Audi quattro Sport    
 1985:   Kankkunen, Juha   Toyota Celica Twincam Turbo   86.52 km/h 
 1986:   Waldegard, Bjorn   Toyota Celica Twincam Turbo   99.76 km/h 
 1987:   Eriksson, Kenneth   Volkswagen Golf GTi   107.77 km/h 
 1988:   Ambrosino, Alain   Nissan 200SX    
 1989:   Oreille, Alain   Renault 5 GT Turbo   76.78 km/h 
 1990:   Tauziac, Patrick   Mitsubishi Galant VR-4   84.60 km/h 
 1991:   Shinozuka, Kenjiro   Mitsubishi Galant VR-4   90.40 km/h 
 1992:   Shinozuka, Kenjiro   Mitsubishi Galant VR-4   86.95 km/h 
Kenjiro Shinozuka
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Ivory Coast is a lush country if compared to more barren Kenya and route often proved unpassable. Click picture to see larger version in a pop-up window
Driver wins
  Waldegard, Bjorn (3)
  Shinozuka, Kenjiro (2)
  Ambrosino, Alain (1)
  Blomqvist, Stig (1)
  Eriksson, Kenneth (1)
  Kankkunen, Juha (1)
  Mikkola, Hannu (1)
  Nicolas, Jean-Pierre (1)
  Oreille, Alain (1)
  Rohrl, Walter (1)
  Salonen, Timo (1)
  Tauziac, Patrick (1)
Manufacturer wins
  Mitsubishi (3)
  Toyota (3)
  Mercedes Benz (2)
  Audi (1)
  Datsun (1)
  Nissan (1)
  Opel (1)
  Peugeot (1)
  Renault (1)
  Volkswagen (1)
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