page 3 2013 Tommi Ahvala Feature Interview
It was a great view from the bedroom window.
After a great nights sleep, we awoke fairly early missing breakfast (dam) and headed over to Tommi's house. This is a huge huge huge house on two levels. We will come back here later to have a look around, because first we go to the trial :)
This is one of Tommi's stunt show trailers. It has a hydraudlic system which when operated open the doors and rides like a transformer robot. The roof increases in height, ramps protrude out. It's an amazing piece of kit. Tommi has this one here and also one that he keeps neat Texas , US , as you do :)
We then got over to Tommi's van for the trip to the trial. Off we go. I made sure I didn't wear my Jotagas sweatshirt and wore a GasGas one instead :)
Well this was the perfect opportunity to start off with the interview. I had so so many questions to ask Tommi that we had to make some good progress with it or we would still be talking at 3 in the morning. I'm not joking for once :)
We are trundling along the Finnish open road.
Life in Finland is very close to the sea. At winter it freezes over and icebreaker ships have to keep channels open so that vessels with stock can continue to come and go. In the summer temperatures are really warm and people are in the sea enjoying it.
I was really enjoying the Finnish scenery.
It's often referred to as the Country of a thousand lakes and islands. It's really beautiful as you can see.
It was like a mixture of the north west coast of Scotland and the USA all rolled into one. Long straight roads, Cadillacs, mail boxes outside of timber houses just like in America.
The American influence is I think because of Finland’s close proximity to Russia. They had to kiss the Russian’s ass all of the time. It was a kind of hatred.
Many families have summer cottages in the country side. These are beautiful, idyllically situated places where they can leave the city life behind at the weekend and go and enjoy the peace and the water.
Now you've settled down on the journey and tasted a little bit of Finland we shall move onto the interview.