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Born in the city of Sao Paulo, Michel Terpins comes from a Brazilian family that has always been active in sports. His father, Jack Terpins, took to the basketball court in the 1960s and 1970s as a professional player, and his brother, Rodrigo Terpins, participates in the same sport he is involved with, which is race car driving. The brothers have competed in many of the rally driving competitions in Brazil, and Michel is one of the most decorated drivers, having won most of the competitions he’s been in.

He spent a lot of his childhood learning how to fix cars, and his passion turned into a love of driving competitively. He began his career in the sport of racing back in 2002 when he participated in the Sertoes Rally in the motorcycle category. He went on to start competing in car races, along with his older brother, and together they formed the Bull Sertoes Rally Team in 2015.

The Terpins brothers have used a car called T-Rex for a number of years in the rally competitions, and they recently won the 2nd stage of the 24th edition of the Sertoes Rally. After they won this 2nd stage race, Michel described it as being a very difficult stage. He said it was exhausting due to all of the mountainous terrain. But T-Rex’s engine probably made it at least a little easier to navigate, being that a V8 engine was added to it to make it more powerful and capable when riding over rough roads.

Michel Terpins also participated in the Cross Country Rally, which took place in 2015. He ended up being runner-up in that race. He remains one of Brazil’s best rally drivers, having won a number of awards in the sport. He believes in never giving up, so he motivates others by encouraging them to go for what they want out of life.

He and his brother, Rodrigo, continue to have the kind of passion for the sport of rally driving that will, no doubt, keep getting them the awards, the admiration and the satisfaction they work so hard for every year.