Meet Kalle Rovanperä, he’s from Finland and just 13 years old. Despite his young age, you wouldn’t want to challenge him on some twisty roads. You see, he’s pretty handy behind the wheel. Watch the video below of him flying through a gravel rally stage recently, you’ll understand.
Kalle has been driving rally cars for years now. His father, WRC driver Harri Rovanperä, is the secret ingredient to Kalle’s immense talent and, perhaps, fortunate circumstances. Harri has access to some of the best rally stages in the country, as well as the kind of rally cars that can make use of them. Apparently, he has no qualms about letting his young son have a go. Oh the jealousy.
Right now, to the best of our knowledge, young Kalle drives a rally-spec Citroen C2. In the video above, though, he’s tearing through a forest stage in a Skoda. Judging by his skill, he’ll have no trouble following in his father’s footsteps onto the upper levels of professional rallying.
Some might cry out that it’s unsafe for a kid to be allowed to drive a car, much less a very fast and powerful rally car. And they’d be right. If we were in Kalle’s position, though, we’d be thinking about what an awesome parent our Dad is.
Here's another video of Kalle shot last year while he was busy scaring the bejeezus out of an 'inexperienced' co-driver.
There's just something about cars. It's a conveyance, it's a liability, it's a tool; but it can also be a source of joy, pride, inspiration and passion. It's much like clothes versus fashion. And like the latter, the pursuit of perfection never ends.