Meeting Buffum was a very special thing for me given given my life long passion for Audi and for rally racing. The pair won two U. In Like a Lamb His good past performances also got Buffum invited to drive select European events in a Talbot Sunbeam Lotus. This biographical article related to United States auto racing is a stub. It was during this period when Buffum’s driving style started to mature, as he went from the reckless mode which earned him the nickname “Stuff’em Buffum” to his championship mode. Buffum became known for his ability to take charge of the ever-changing conditions of a rally course, his photographic memory of roads and turns, and his ability to drive with abandon to post the fastest time, but with enough competition sense to finish the event.

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Rallye Perce-Neige Michelin Canada. It was during this time that Buffum became the winningest performance rallying driver ever, worldwide. He also has risen to prominance recently as an event organizer, as the Maine Forest Rally became the first event in the U. Mountain Trials Rally Canada. Rally International Charlevoix Canada. Route notes are critical since they are used by the co-driver to keep the car on course.

The unit body is fully seam welded street car unit bodies are spot welded, crimped, and glued, but not seam welded which is hugely labor intensive, but makes the unit VERY strong. Inhe competed with an Audi 80 and Peugeotbut they were not competitive compared to Rod Millen ‘s factory Mazda RX-7 rally cars. This form of racing puts driver and co-driver on closed public roads paved, unpaved, snowy, muddy, buffun, dry, forested, desert-like and everywhere in between in a race against the clock.


Buffum is the only driver in the world to compete in at least one World Rally Championship event in five continuous decades ‘s, ‘s, ‘s, ‘s and John immediately bought a Porsche T to compete in both regional and international rallies.

It was there that he saw performance stage rallying for the first time. Canadian Winter Rally Canada. Even though John and Vicki rzlly divorced inthey continued to run rallies together at that time. Buffum became buffu, for his ability to handle the highly variable conditions of a rally course, his photographic memory of roads and turns and most importantly for his ability to drive fast enough to set the fastest time, but with enough sense to keep raly car on its wheels long enough to finish the event.

John Date of birth: Rallye International de Charlevoix Canada. Buffum was very gracious and humble, chatting about other drivers he rallied against, the Pikes Peak events, European rallies, and the American championships as if they were just casual drives.

John Buffum born October 4thin Wallingford, Connecticut, USA is the most successful American rally driver to date; winning 11 national titles and national championship events.

John Buffum – rally profile

Subaru Rallye Perce-Neige Canada. The car makes use of a fair bit of composite materials. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.

Earlier rally cars suffered from mild to serious traction problems. His last victory dating back to at the Tall Pines Rally in Canada.


John Buffum Bio

Buffum married Vicki Gauntlett in which soon became his co-driver. From toJohn rarely did not win a North American event that he entered — losing victories only when his car broke down.

From towhen British Leyland dropped out of Nuffum. Meeting Buffum was a very special thing for me given given my life long passion for Audi and for rally racing. Rally Caminos del Inca.

John Buffum Bio

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. By the time Buffum started driving the Audi factory backed A1 Quattro, he had already become one of the sport’s best drivers. raloy

Unsurprisingly, Buffum still drives an occasional rally. In the first years the Quattro was involved it won almost every rally it entered.

John considers his surprise win at the ERC Cypress Rally as the pinnacle of his motorsport career, but he also quite fondly remembers his fifth position at the WRC Acropolis Rally inand sometimes has difficulty choosing which was the most meaningful. Please consider supporting us by disabling Adblock.

Inhe drove to a 12th place finish at Monte Carlo, sharing the driving chores with American roadracer Steve “Yogi” Behr.