(CNN)On a rainy day in the autumn of 1987, seven-year-old Teemu Lampinen stood with his father on the sidelines of Finland’s 1000 Lakes Rally (now called the Neste Rally Finland).
He watched wide-eyed as Ari Vatanen, Finnish rally driver turned politician, roared out of the blocks in a Ford Sierra.
“I remember the car jumping and flames coming out of the fumes,” say Lampinen. For a young boy, it was a dream come true. That was the moment the self-confessed superfan fell in love with the sport.