Rally champion Ove Andersson and co-driver Arne Hertz piloted their Peugeot 504 to victory yesterday (March 31) in the five-day Safari rally and led a European triumph over recently invincible local drivers and Japanese cars.
GV Car No. 26 (Andersson) down road towards camera and past crowds on final stretch. (2 shots)
GV Car No. 3 (Munari) down road towards camera past crowds and along last stretch. (2 shots)
LV PAN Car No. 8 (Waldegaard) down road past crowds.
GV Crowds at finish as Car No. 26 crosses line.
SV Winning driver Andersson out of car onto roof.
GV Andersson and co-driver Hertz on car roof.
Initials VS/2.35 VS 2.45
SPORT: MOTOR RALLYING
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Background: Rally champion Ove Andersson and co-driver Arne Hertz piloted their Peugeot 504 to victory yesterday (March 31) in the five-day Safari rally and led a European triumph over recently invincible local drivers and Japanese cars.
Behind the Swedish Andersson came three more European drivers - Sandro Munari of Italy and Bjorn Waldegaard of Sweden, both driving Lancias, and Britain's Andrew Cowan in a Colt Lancer.
This was only the second time in the 23-year history of the Safari rally that this event - described by many as the toughest in the world - has been won by a non-East African driver. The last time that happened was in 1972 when Finland's Hannu Mikkola was triumphant.
The Safari rally is rated the most searching rally of them all for both cars and drivers. It winds for some 3,000 miles (4,800 kms) across mostly unmetalled roads through extremes of altitude and temperature. Of the 79 cars which started the rally, only 14 managed to finish.