• Short Summary

    The 23rd Safari Rally in Kenya got off to a cracking start on Thursday (27 March) in the country's capital, Nairobi, as President Jomo Kenyatta flagged off the leaders on the first leg of their five-day drive -- to Mombasa and back.

  • Description

    The 23rd Safari Rally in Kenya got off to a cracking start on Thursday (27 March) in the country's capital, Nairobi, as President Jomo Kenyatta flagged off the leaders on the first leg of their five-day drive -- to Mombasa and back.

    With seven withdrawals before the start, 79 cars started on the marathon 6,000-kilometre (3,7000-mile) drive around Kenya.

    First away was Finnish driver Timo Makinen. Not far behind -- in car number seven -- was his countryman Hannu Mikkola. Mikkola started the rally as favourite to win; he is the only non-East African driver to have won the event, which he did in 1972.

    But this first leg -- which was expected to be "easy," according to race officials -- spelt disaster for the Scandinavian drivers. Both Makinen and Mikkola dropped out, and at the day's end the leader was Kenyan Joginder Singh, driving a Colt Lancer. Singh has already won the Rally twice and hopes to claim a unique third win.

    Mikkola rolled his Peugeot 504 in heavy dust after going through only four checkpoints and covering a mere 300-kilometres (190-miles). Neither Mikkola nor his co-driver (Jean Todt of France) was hurt, but the car was withdrawn.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1I1ZTACC11CPK16J1CR2P7R3V
    Media URN:
    VLVA1I1ZTACC11CPK16J1CR2P7R3V
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/03/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:14:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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