THE STORY OF 1983
This fourth edition of the AMAC-Tulpenrallye shows that the general public does appreciate the event more and more. The participants offer the necessary spectacle, the organization has the business in order and cannot complain about publicity. This leads to ample attention in Studio Sport (Dutch National TV) and positive articles in daily and weekly newspapers. Huub Dubbelman writes about the 31st Tulpenrallye:
‘Among the foreigners is Stig Andervang, a Swedish Ford Escort driver, who is part of the Swedish Junior Rally Team. An absolutely spectacular driver and already the towering favorite within a few tests. Paul Maaskant ruled over the Vlasakkers; later he would have to give up with a broken differential. Renger Guliker was in charge with Henk Vossen and Andervang behind him. Wim Luijbregts could not be more lucky as a zero-car driver since Pon’s Automobielhandel provided him with an Audi Quattro with which he ran very fast times on different tests. Under pressure from the competition, Guliker went faster all the time together with Bob Dickhout; the Porsche almost flew over the tests. In his wake followed by the still attractively driving Henk Vossen with the Porsche driver Jan Bak just behind him. Behind Andervang there was a fifth place for Johnny Hoes who almost traditionally sent the Mitsubishi somewhere in the forest …..
The awards ceremony is deliberately delayed so that Johan Stekelenburg from Studio Sport can show the rest of the Netherlands how a bit of rally history was written in the Netherlands that day. Perhaps the NOS team will be back again next year and then we should let them, if possible, take the last corner of the unpaved test at Stroe. There, as a true car enthusiast, you will have the chills running over your back.