The ninth East African Safari, over some of the toughest road conditions in the world, ended in Nairobi, Kenya, April 3.
The ninth East African Safari, over some of the toughest road conditions in the world, ended in Nairobi, Kenya, April 3. Cars of all makes and sizes have been travelling nearly 3,400 miles in this three-day event. The Safari has now reached the status of an international event in the motoring world - and each year it has grown in importance.
The winner this year - Johnny Manussis, aged 44 years, a Nairobi used-car dealer. He drove a 1959 "Mercedes", and his other two crew men wore W. Coleridge and D. A. Beckett. Known as "Daredevil Johnny", Manussis fought for the lead with Bill Fritschy in a newer, more powerful "Mercedes". Only a few marks separated them right to the end - in spite of the fact that for 1,000 miles Fritschy drove without a clutch! His car had to be push-started and he had to change gear by delicate synchronisation of engine revolutions and road speed.
The British team of Fords won the manufacturer's team prize for the third year running. The route went through Kenya, Tanganyika and Uganda - down to Dar-es-Salaam, up to Kampala, past the snow-covered peaks of Kilimanjaro and Kenya. Out of a field of 77, 38 cars finished. A huge holiday crowd was at the finishing line.