President Julius Nyerere lowered the flag on Thursday (30 March) that sent 85 starters out of Dar-es-Salaam on the gruelling four-day East African Safari Rally over 3,750 miles (6,000 kms) of the roughest roads in Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya.
SV President Nyerere arrives for start
SV Nyerere talking to drivers
SV Contestants lined up for start
SCU Joginder Singh (Kenya) at wheel of Ford Escort
SCU Edgar Hermann (Kenya) at wheel of Datsun
SV Car No. 2, Ford Escort of Makinen, runs up to start
SV President lowers flag and Makinen's car away
SV Nyerere lowers flag and car No. 3, Datsun of Andersson away
SV Cars pass through centre of Dar-es-Salaam (2 shots)
SV Rough road in open country, car No. 80 past camera and away
SV Car No. 94 Datsun past camera on rough road
SV Car No. 90 Datsun around bend and away
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Background: President Julius Nyerere lowered the flag on Thursday (30 March) that sent 85 starters out of Dar-es-Salaam on the gruelling four-day East African Safari Rally over 3,750 miles (6,000 kms) of the roughest roads in Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya.
It's the 20th Safari Rally, and once again the "foreigners" are making their bid to break the 20-year dominance of the local drivers. Heavy rain, produced quagmire conditions, is regarded as the ally of the local men and a threat to the foreign challengers--as if to set the scene, there was a torrential downpour at dawn on Thursday in Dar-es-Salaam, but the weather was clear as the first cars left at noon.
Leaders at Nairobi after the first leg were Edgar Hermann (Kenya) in a Datsun 2407, Mikkola of Finland and Vic Preston of Kenya in Ford Escort RS1600's, Zasada of Poland in a Porsche 911s. Finland's Aaltonen (Datsun) and Makinen (Ford Escort) were lying 7th and tenth.
When the second leg ended in Kampala today (Friday) the four leaders had switched order, with Mikkola leading from Zasada, Preston and Hermann. Aaltonen was still seventh, and Makinen had moved up to eighth position.
SYNOPSIS: In Dar-es-Salaam on Thursday, President Julius Nyerere lowered the flag to send 85 cars hurtling out into the Tanzanian bush at the start of the 20th East African Safari Rally. Joginder Singh, the 1965 winner, and Edgar Hermann, both from Kenya, were two of the favoured local men.
In car number two, a Ford Escort, one of the top foreigners in the rally, Timo Makinen of Finland. When the second stage ended in Kampala, he was lying eighth.
Another Nordic challenger was Monte-Carlo winner Ove Andersson of Sweden, driving a Datsun.
From the starting-ramp by the palm-fringed Pacific the rally drivers drove sedately through the City Centre. Soon they were tackling the gruelling dirt roads of central Tanzania on the first leg of the four-day rally through Kenya and Uganda and back to Dar. In its 20-year history, no foreigner has ever won the Safari. But the local men are once again being challenged hard--at the end of the second stage, Mikkola of Finland was leading from Zasada of Poland, with Preston and Hermann, both of Kenya, lying third and fourth.