Watching the African rally on TV many moons ago was my first intro to rally as well. Sounds very fun indeed.
"Somewhere in Africa a ralliest wakes in the morning and knows that he must only drive faster than the rest without a DNR in order to win, Somewhere in America a ralliest wakes in the morning and knows that he must have insurance and licensing and the multitude of other requirements, but whether in Africa or America, the ralliest loves and lives for the tactical race!" :9
>How about that co-driver for car 11 (Peugeot 504)?
>None other than Jean Todt of Ferrari F1 scrambling out of
>the car to get to the ATC!
more better its Jean Todt, >>>Team boss at Peugoet during the GpB glory days!!!! Built the team that was recalled for the current rally team.
So unfortunate that he ended up in the sterile, pointless, BORING, wank-fest which F1 is when he actually knows what real motorsport is.
Yeah and to think as little as 13 years ago in the USA we had National events with 5+ hours of driving.
Call me a wuss, but I like wearing a helmet when competing, I like having the stage road CLOSED to civilian traffic and trucks, I like having a cage and seat that will actually save my life, and I like driving cars that don't need the valves adjusted every 24 minutes of driving.
I certainly APPRECIATE the events back then, but no way I'd want to run that way now.
side note...I do love the practice of putting steps on the rear bumper and grab bars on the trunk for the navvie to add traction to the rear wheels. Seems all the cars did that back then for Safari.
I remember this rally, I was 4 and pretty sick, but my folks took me out of the hospital to watch some of the stages! I remember Shekhar Mehta in all of his Datsuns and Joginder Singh in his Mercedes Benz, they all seemed so fast then, until, Miss Michelle, ah, the love of a 9 year olds life! And she was FAST!! I've got some great pictures I need to scan and post, Celica twin cam turbos, Lancia 037, Quattros, the whole lot!! What a glorious era, and it has shaped my life, as I am a total rally nut, but hopefully taking the stage for the first time at Sandhills next year.
>Not a co-driver. That's Jodhin..(spelling) Singh driving. He
>won a passel'o'Safaris.
Its actually Jogindher Singh.... Yes he OWNED back in the days.
I saw him in action several times when I was a lil boy in Kenya.
He later got sponsored by the Rothmans Porsche team for the RAC.
When he got to Monte Carlo he got out his car mid stage and quit.
He said it was very difficult to drive that car in the snow.
He is a friend of our family and still makes frequent visits...
Shekar Mehta was another great Safari rally driver.