John Campbell made a special appearance at the Solvalla racetrack in Stockholm, Sweden, on Wednesday night with the horse who gave him his greatest victory at Solvalla, the great world champion Mack Lobell. Campbell walked with Mack along the homestretch while the crowd gave the duo a standing ovation. Campbell and Mack won the 1988 Elitlopp.
Earlier in the day Campbell and Mack first met at Menhammar Stud, the farm of Margareta Wallenius-Kleberg, where the stallion now lives.
Campbell also participated in a "legends" driving race and finished fourth with Perfect Power. The race was won by Stig H. Johansson, who scored with the 5-year-old O.P.'s Flirt, whose sire, Flirtin Man, was once owned and driven by Campbell. Helen Johansson finished second and Thomas Nilsson, who drove Mack Lobell to his second Elitlopp triumph in 1989, finished third. Berndt Lindstedt and world driving champion Heinz Wewering also participated, but finished out of the top six.
Campbell drove in one other race on the card. He also finished fourth with Stand Out, who is trained by Stefan Melander, the owner of Nuncio, who Campbell drove to a runner-up finish in the Hambletonian.
Click here to view a video of the reunion of Campbell and Mack at Solvalla. Click here to watch Mack Lobell win the 1988 Elitlopp over Sugarcane Hanover and a field that also included Napoletano, Grades Singing and Nealy Lobell.