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How cool is this?

Just a reminder: The East African Safari for historic rally cars is starting today. Lots of Escorts,Porsches, Datsuns and even a Rover or two. Michelle Mouton, Bjorn Waldegaard, Lofty Drews and many other storied names as well as a Canadian team in a 510.

Follow the action at www.eastafricansafarirally.com and the Canadian team's adventures at www.safari510.ca

Photos at: http://www.eastafricansafarirally.com/pg1/

Kent Gardam

EDIT: Corrected website address
 

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Great Event,

The Safari510 Rally Team from Vancouver, BC, cleared Tech yesterday with their fully restored Ex-Bendle 510 and is now under way! Tim Ryce, navi, has been posting DAILY updates on the Team Web site: www.safari510.ca

All the best to them!

Rich Smith

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Haaaaaaa!

Just look at that Start List. This very HISTORIC RALLY has a ton of 911's, a Rover V8, and a Mustang runnin' with all the Escorts! :)

(I just couldn't help but point this out to all the folks that don't think these cars should be considered "historic" just yet. Well, I guess their Historic in Kenya!)

Rich Smith

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East African Safari Rally

This is so awesome! For all of us US rallyists who owe at least part of our addiction to exposure in Kenya (Laughlin O'Sullivan, Matt Chester, Bill Malik, Dave, me, and others?), this is a great opportunity to see the old familiar names, roads, cars, and towns.

Rob Collinge (who took Dave and I as teenagers for a 100 mph ride from a track race back into town in his rally Range Rover) is leading after day 1.

I hope I'm able to keep up on this while I work Ramada this weekend!
 

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EDIT: Day 4 news included

Peter Ryce posted the following to rally-l:

Day 1 destroyed 1 rear bilstein top mount
Day 2 destroyed another bilstein, 2 half shafts. Scratched last competitive stage into Nairobi, replaced shocks with another make - I believe Toyota Landcruiser modified, found one Datsun competition rear spring broken, replaced both rear springs resulting in additional 1 cm clearance at rear. Rally car left Nairobi at approx. 10.00 p.m. to complete transit stage to Nanyuki for first competitive stage for Friday - 173km. We are still running!
Service car left Nairobi to Nakuru and Baringo to meet rally car at end of first competitive stage Friday.
No spare drive shafts left - hope we have licked the problem.
Rest of car is running great. Nissan safari front supension doing the job!
Keep your fingers crossed for the first stage Friday.
Road conditions abominable - one Porsche ate 4 bilsteins today!

Day 3. Our car has arrived at the day 3 overnight stop just North of
Eldoret in North Western Kenya. Our new rear suspension is working! Car ran great. The crew needed this after day two problems. The finally arrived at day two overnight at 2.00 a.m. up at 6.00 a.m. to get going again!
Tomorrow's competitives are going to be just as demanding. They will
drive through into Uganda and spend the night in Kampala.
P.S. I will try to keep this up on a day to day basis. You can read
much more general news on the East African Safari Rally website. A Ford Escort from Belgium is presently the front runner. We will try to put more info on our safari510 site. This is administered by my son Timothy who has also taken over my navigating duties so time for him is presently at a premium.

Day 4
Our car came through day 4 quite successfully. The crew sounded happy
with the new rear suspension. Tires are great - no punctures as of yet - but a couple of bent rims. Increase tire pressure has looked after this.
The day was fairly eventful for some of the other crews. Read about
this on EastAfricanSafariRally.com
The main challenge for our crew right now is tiredness. As of this
writing they will have just checked into the final day control in the
Masai Mara and can look forward to an evening off since tomorrow is a
rest day and they will have more time to give the car a once over. They should be calling within the next couple of hours and I will put
out the next Day 5 update.

Peter Ryce
 

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I thought Peter wasn't going to be driving? Their web page says he wouldn't be in Africa for some reason. Is he just the media contact now or did he make it to Africa in the end?

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I wondered about that too. Perhaps he is just relaying information from the team?

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He _is_ listed in the entry list still which is supposedly up to date for today. Did he have passport/visa trouble or something? Maybe he got one at the last minute?

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The Day Three news posted on Rally-L confirms that his son Tim is the navvie and Peter is not in the car. Doesn't say why though.

I have updated reply #8 above to reflect day 3 news and will continue to update that message when new news arrives.

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from:
http://www.nationaudio.com/News/DailyNation/Today/Sports/Sports161220037.html

East Africa Safari Rally
Tuesday, December 16, 2003
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Uninformed public show little interest
By PETER NJENGA
The leading drivers among 38 survivors in the East African Classic Safari Rally are finding it strange going past Kenyans along the route who are unaware of the event.

Yet on Wednesday last week, briefly excited Kenyans turned out in large numbers between Mombasa and Kajiado to cheer the participants.

The wananchi were apparently happy to see an event, modelled in the original East African Safari ? unlike the world World Rally Championship which was held on the floor of the Rift Valley in sparsely populated areas ? return to East Africa. But Kenyans are simply confused because they are not well informed about the rally.

This rally was a golden opportunity to win back the goodwill of ordinary Kenyans and corporate sponsors. But the organisers appear to have failed to avoid the same path others followed in killing the once-famous Safari Rally; kicked out of the World Rally Championship last year due to lack of local support and poor organisation.

By Thursday fans of the ongoing Classic Safari Rally were calling media houses for unavailable updates on the competition. Reaching the organisers on telephone was and has been impossible especially in areas not covered by the mobile phone service providers.

Neither have the organisers bothered to provide information from a permanent headquarters. Their official website is always 48 hours late.

With a healthy field of 53 starters from 17 countries the rally deserved better publicity and exposure here and abroad. The Government had declared its support as one way of promoting tourism. But halfway the 2,500km journey, though competition has been tight, people cannot see anything Kenya in the Safari.

In Uganda where a local rally attracts as many of 20,000 spectators, Ugandans stayed away in absence of any of their home bred drivers in the Classic Safari to identify with.

Similar complaints by Kenyans who could not afford paying Sh630,000 entry fee has made the whole thing appear as if it is a private function.

Without a headquarters from where to access information, the other alternative was to have a media co-ordinator inside the light aircraft organisers hired exclusively for use by foreign journalists from specialised magazines since they did not accredit the local media corps.

But despite the galaxy of foreign Press, none of their reports seem to appear in well known television and radio stations; very unlike the WRC Safari that advertised Kenya in all the leading media outlets. It remains to be seen where Kenya's name and that of her tourism destinations, is benefiting in terms of publicity, from the ongoing Classic Safari.

The organisers do not even seem to have bothered to introduce themselves to valuable news agencies such as Associated Press, Reuters, BBC or CNN. It is likely, though, that had these agencies been on board, they would be facing the same severe difficulties of getting information about the rally.

It is for such reasons of de-alienating motorsports from Kenyan people that the sport is actually dying in the country.
 

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Latest news relayed via Peter Ryce:

Day 6 Tuesday night in Kenya
12:20 p.m. Vancouver time - 11.20 p.m. Kenya time.
The car is not yet through to Nairobi, however, they are all safe and sound.
The clutch went out on them just south of Nakuru and they had to turn back to Nakuru to try to get a replacement installed.
I understand that they are doing this right now at the Cooper Motor Corp. shop in Nakuru. Thanks again go to Robin Schalch and Cooper Motors. All things being equal, they should be getting into Nairobi at around 2.00 to 3.00 a.m., couple of hours sleep and then on to the next day's competition. This will in the direction of Tanzania. Look for the start list for tomorrow on the main rally website, this will tell you if they are still in the competition. Let's hope they make it through.

Day5
Just talked to the crew. They spent the day going over the car. Paul was amazed which nuts and bolts had worked themselves loose. Knowing Paul, everything is up to spec again.
The rear suspension is good, they hope to get back their 2 spare half shafts when they go through Nairobi at the end of the coming day for them. Give them one less thing to worry about - and we have to get our Canadian loony back on the car!
The car is strong, plenty of thanks go for this to Tim Bendle in Calgary who built the original car and Noel and Peter ofNewport Automotive who added considerable technical finishing touches, and Byron and Barry Meston, who welded in a "ton" of reinforcements! The original Datsun safari front suspension is doing great as well, Paul tells me. Thanks again to Ken Burt of Burt Bros. Motorsports and Mark for getting this to us. Only one puncture so far - kudos to the driver and Silverstone Rally Tyres. Timothy tells me that, as always, the Alpha is right on the button. One of these days I'm going to have to learn how to use that thing! I think I can manage the VCR at home by now!
The day will be spent driving up the West side of the Rift Valley, back up to 9000 ft levels and then down and across the valley floor - 4-5000 ft altitude and approx 100km wide. Apparently they are scheduled to have "brunch" with Lord and Lady Delamere (all 200 odd drivers, service crews etc., ya right!), subsequently what I believe will be their only closed special competitive stage and then on to Nairobi for the night.
When I last looked about an hour ago the organizers had not yet updated the results and start list for tomorrow. Communications with the Mara must be rather difficult! I understand that there are 41 cars left in the field, this means 12 cars have dropped out! All I can say is Great Job Guys!
Peter
 
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