The first car rally on the island of Saaremaa was held in 1974. Since 1993 the event has been an international one and gone by the name 'Saaremaa Rally'. This year's rally will include drivers from Finland. In the past the island's roads have played host to Sebastian Lindholm-Pertti Lahtinen and women's world champion Eija Jurvanen. No rally has ever been held without the Kaugatuma-Toomalõuka speed trials, which are what the Saaremaa Rally is best known for. The town trial - which was first run in 1980 - has regained popularity in recent years.