INTRODUCTION: Twenty-nine teams have taken part in this year's 2,000 kilometre Zaire motor rally.
SV Start banner PULL OUT TO cars mounting ramp.
GV Car No.7 Renault at sport.
GV Car No.1 down ramp and away. (Peugeot).
GV Car No.5 down ramp and away. (Peugeot)
SV Car No.1 starting on second stage.
GV Car No.10 starting on second stage.
GV Car No.5 starting on second stage.
CUTAWAY Peasant spectator with goods on head.
GV Car round bend number 1 and past camera.
GV Car No.10 round bend past camera.
GV Car No.7 round bend past camera.
GV Car No.5 round bend (Top shot).
GV Car No.7 past camera through village with people then car No. 10 passes camera also.
GV Unidentified car round corner past village specs.
GV Car No.1 down slope and through water puddle.
GV Car No.10 past camera and another car. (2 SHOTS)
GV Car No.10 dust road and village ending on boy with flowers.
SPORT: MOTOR RALLYING
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Twenty-nine teams have taken part in this year's 2,000 kilometre Zaire motor rally. The fifteenth annual rally attracted teams from throughout the world and produced some hard, fast driving on remote, dusty roads.
SYNOPSIS: The rally was divided into three sections and spread over three days. It took the drivers into towns and villages throughout south western Zaire.
Peugeots were amply represented, but other entries included Renaults, Mazdas, Datsuns and Ford Escorts. Each team was made up of a driver and a navigator. The months of planning that went into the rally were finally rewarded when the driving started.
It was a hard run through some of the world's toughest territory. The event attracted some spectators too, but for the men behind the wheel, there was no stopping to acknowledge any applause.
Some of the bends needed a sure hand at the wheel, but most of them were negotiated safely. And there was always a reward sooner or later, in the curious glances of onlookers from the local villages.
In the lead after two days was the Ambrosine/Delferrier team from France and Belgium, driving a Peugeot 504. Second was the Chic/Das team also of Belgium, in a Renault Alpine. All the teams were keen for a rest and a change of clothes after 2 days of racing over one of the world's most gruelling rally courses.