When Ewy Rosqvist bought her first Mercedes-Benz, she didn’t have racing in mind. The only girl born to a Swedish farming family, she was encouraged to attend an agricultural college to study veterinary medicine, a career that required her to drive up to 200 kilometers every day on narrow dirt roads. She needed something nimble and quick to get her from Point A to Point B. She didn’t see all that driving as a necessary evil—no, it was one of the best parts of her day. It wasn’t long before she had clocked 220,000 km in the car as she sped between farm to farm, honing her driving skills. By the time her first two years of vet practice were over, she was driving so perfectly that she could finish her rounds two hours before her colleagues. It isn’t known exactly how the two met, but in 1954, Ewy married engineer and racer Ynvge Rosqvist, who came from a family of automotive enthusiasts. Initially, Yngve employed Ewy’s sharp mind as a co-driver for the rallies he would take part in. He’d even give her a shot behind the wheel, and it was such an incredible experience for her that she was bound and determined to take part on her own to see how those years of farm driving would pay off. Two years after her marriage, Rosqvist got her chance. At the age of 27, she was behind the wheel at the Midnight Sun Rally alongside Maybrit Clausson as co-driver…. [Read full story]
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