Hannu Mikkola of Finland and Gunnar Palm of Sweden were officially declared winners of the 20th East African Safari Rally in Dar es Salaam on Monday (April 3).
GV Crowd surrounding car 14 at finish line
SV Drivers on top of car wave to crowd
SV Car 14 drives from finish ramp
SV Crowd near car 12 on ramp
GV & SV Car 12 off platform
GV ZOOM TO SV Crowd surround winner, Car 7 (2 shots)
SV Drivers drink champagne, shake hands
Initials SGM/0038 SGM/0021
This film carries natural sound of the crowd applauding the drivers as they appear successively on the finish ramp.
SPORT: MOTOR RACING
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Background: Hannu Mikkola of Finland and Gunnar Palm of Sweden were officially declared winners of the 20th East African Safari Rally in Dar es Salaam on Monday (April 3). Theirs was the first victory for overseas drivers in the gruelling four-day event. They lost a total of 553 points.
A Polish team - Sobieslav Zasada and Marien Bien just beat the highest placed African drivers, Vic Preston and Bev Smith of Kenya, into second place, by a two-point margin. The Poles lost 581 points; the Kenyans 583.
The East African Safari Rally is the toughest of all international motor rallies - with a 3,750-mile (6,000 km) course through the three East African countries, Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya.
The winning car, the third and the fourth were all Ford Escorts.
The Polish tea - in second place - drove a Porsche.
SYNOPSIS: A big welcome at the finish ramp Monday for the highest-placed African team in the toughest of all international motor rallies: the East African Safari Rally. Vic Preston and Bev Smith of Kenya finished third.
Just beating them into second place were the Polish drivers of car 12. Sobieslav Zasada and Marien Bien. Their Porsche was the only car to split the Escorts' dominance of the first four placings.
And the overall winners: Hannu Mikkola of Finland and Gunnar Palm of Sweden: the first overseas drivers to win the gruelling three-thousand-seven-hundred-and-fifty mile event. So they had good reason to celebrate....