A Year, A Picture: Tour de Corse 1974
Jean-Claude Andruet and Biche with a Lancia Stratos HF at the 1974 Tour de Corse © DPPI

A Year, A Picture: Tour de Corse 1974


The year 1974 marks the second edition of the World Rally Championship. The Tour de Corse, organized for the 18th time, consecrates Jean-Claude Andruet, one of the most eclectic French drivers of his generation.

After Ajaccio the previous year, it is the northern city Bastia that gets the privilege in 1974 to host the departure and the arrival of the Rally. The start is given on Saturday 30th November, under a warm autumnal sunshine, and the whole competition benefits from the meteorological clemency of the “The Isle of Beauty”.

Jean-Pierre Nicolas gets back to his usual rhythm from the preceding year and takes the lead in the first special stage. Halfway through the rally, he loses his leadership to Jean-Claude Andruet who keeps it until the end and wins his third Tour de Corse, the first one inside a Lancia Stratos HF counting for the World Rally Championship.

However, this eighteenth edition of the Tour de Corse underlines the somewhat untrustworthy mechanical reliability of the engines at the time. Over a hundred entrants at the start, only a small dozen of them are indeed at the finish line…

The final podium is composed of:

  1. Jean-Claude ANDRUET – Michèle PETIT, dite « Biche » (Lancia Stratos HF)
  2. Jean-Pierre NICOLAS – Vincent LAVERNE (Alpine Renault A110 1800)
  3. Jean-Luc THERIER – Michel VIAL (Alpine Renault A310)

Discover the whole roll of honor of the Rallye de France…

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