The first leg of this year's East African Safari Motor Rally ended in Kampala, close to Lake Victoria, yesterday (Friday).
The first leg of this year's East African Safari Motor Rally ended in Kampala, close to Lake Victoria, yesterday (Friday). The rally set off from the Kenya capital, Nairobi on Thursday.
The first car into Kampala was a British Ford Cortina, driven by the Kenya team of M.P. Armstrong and E.C. Bates. They had lost only three minutes in twelve hours driving over very rough roads - which included a mountainous stretch between Naivasha and Molo.
With four minutes lost another Ford Cortina - this one driven by Peter Hughes and Bill Young, also a Kenya pair, was second to emerge out of the torrential rainstorm into Kampala.
A Cortina too fills third place - and sharing it, with six minutes lost - was a Saab driven by the Swedish team of Erik Carlsson and Gunnar Palm.
Cortinas lead in the overall team placing, with Saabs lying second.
A total of ninety-four cars and one hundred and eighty eight competitors are taking part in the rally, which ill take the cars over some of the worst roads in the world before they return to Nairobi on Monday. By the time Kampala was reached the roads had already taken their toll - ten cars had been forced to retire...