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Photographer Ossi Piispanen captures the crazy world of Rokkiralli

Crash and the toy pig gets it – Literally. Rokkiralli is a rally series in Finland where the drivers race hard, but adding mascots to the front of your car is just as important.  The races take place on ice, driven by rally-mad folk who treat this as a serious hobby, as well as a chance to put their skills in DIY and bodywork to good use.

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Finland’s most low-cost rally series. With a love of speed drivers get to tinker with their chosen cars before they drive like mad across frozen lakes. Crashes do happen, but this is no demolition derby. The objective is to pass the chequered flag first.

One thing that stands out is the price. To make this sport accessible, the quality of the cars are set by a price cap. To enter, the race vehicle must be retired from road use and can not exceed more than €650 (around £550). They are then pulled apart, worked up with race cages and seats before adding ice studded tyres.

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These images are taken in Kouvola which is a two-hour drive north-east from Helsinki – If you keep driving for another two hours you’ll hit the Russian border. On this ranch in the outskirts of the city is a collection of vehicles in various states of disrepair.

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The rough way Tupala and his fellow drivers decorate their cars is part of the charm of Rokkiralli. The silly slogans (Rubber and Condoms) and made-up sponsors (Old Skool Shit Project Racing Team), which poke fun at the more corporate rally leagues, are often hand-daubed in paint or written in permanent marker.

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