1. Henri Toivonen - fastest man in a group B car
2. Ari Vatanen - best mk2 pilot ever
3. Colin McRae - would beat anyone in a one stage shoot out.
4. Walter Rhohl - Made the quattro talk.
5. Carlos Sainz - Could win in anycar
Hard to say if Loeb should be in there, he's had a team formed around him but his record is staggering and looks like being a true great.
1. Billy Coleman
2. Bertie Fisher
3. Austin McHale
4. Stephen Finlay
5. Kenny McKinstry
If the question was slightly different and you were asking for the most successful IRISH driver on the WORLD scene, well that would be Paddy Hopkirk. He won the '64 Monte Carlo Rally outright and finished 6th the year before in a car he'd never driven before! not to mention FIVE circiuit wins, 2nd in the '68 London to Sydney, 4th in the 1970 London to Mexico and 3rd on the '77 London to Sydney. Many would agree though that with regularity sections etc. this was not just pure flat-out rallying/driving like today but still impressive though!!
Folks , I'm afraid you juat have to look at the Coleman
video and you have to say that Billy was without the best ..... and the reason the amount and range of different rallys the man done was incredable ... and how many time did he go off ? I think you could count them in one hand ....
I would rate Carlos Sainz as the greatest driver of all time in the world,just for being the ultimate all rounder Followed by Mcrae for his pure speed,because on his day he could be classed as the fastest and most spectacular driver of all time.The only thing letting him down was his crash record...... These two could win on any surface in any car.
In Ireland it would have to be 1.. Billy coleman and 2.. Stephen Finlay
the two most naturally talented drivers we have ever had, again they were fast on any surface... I would put Kris Meeke and Niall Mcshea next in line,ahead of all the Irish drivers out there today...... These 4 have that bit extra it takes to match the best in the world.
When did McShea or Meeke ever match the best in the world?McShea fluked th PWRC,he did'nt come close to winning any of the rounds and when Meeke does a rally you are just wondering what stage he will crash on.Phillip Morrow will be the best irish driver.
lads it doesnt matter how he won the rally, a win is a win! that could be said about so many wrc wins and other rally wins. wise up n stop making excuses. He won it fair n square.. Things like that happen in rallying n if you cant see that this is what goes on then your no proper rallying fan!