The winners of the Viking Rally, Hans Ingier and Torbjørn Berntsen, at full speed in their Volvo PV 455 Special. Ingier won his class in the 1954 Viking Rally as well, in a Ford Anglia. Last year, his brother, Arne Ingier won in another Volvo with Håkon Fløysvik as co-driver.
The series of pictures below shows how tough the conditions were in this years Rally Viking, the ninth in row. The route this year went up through "Gubrandsdalen", over the mountains to "Røros", down "Østerdalen", through "Sørum" and back to Oslo.
The drivers describes the Rally as very tough, and a lot of them didn’t manage to finnish, the seven special stretches proved the hardest. The favorites, the Swedish Skogh brothers, were out of the race when stone broke their back axle. Yet again, a member of the Ingier "clan" proved to be the best.
Rally Viking is one of the 12 rallies in the European Championship and the 450 volunteers from The Royal Norwegian Automobile Club that stood for the arrangement did a great job, the Viking Rally was yet again a great success.
Kåre Kolflåth and Per Harvol ended up in a ditch in their Ford Taunus during the special leg at "Narbuvoll" in the northern part of "Østerdalen". Spectators immediately came to their rescue, helping them to get the car back on the road.
When it was safe to get the Ford Taunus back on the road, the spectators had it done in no time. Snorre Skolseg and Ragnar Nitschke in the Volvo Amazon, used the break to check their engine.
Kjerstadius and Holm’s Saab 93 is out of the race for good, but the stone is not going to ruin the race for anyone else. With the help of some spectators they manage to roll the large stone off the road.
The men in the next car, a Volvo Amazon Sport reacted quickly when they saw the car in the ditch. They vere forced to stop until the Taunus had been helped back on the road, and was of course given a chance to start the leg all over.
On the next special leg, at "Såleskinna", the race is over for Monica Kjerstadius and Margareta Holm from Sweden in their Saab 93 B. They hit a large stone and was thrown straight off the road.
Kjerstadius and Holm was not the only ones who had to leave the race on this special leg. Just a few meters further down the stretch, a Morris driven by Tore Frantzen and Vincens Steen hit the ditch as well.
From the Norwegian magazine "NÅ" – no 40, september 26th 1959