One of Africa's most gruelling motor events -- the Ethiopian Highland Rally -- began in Addis Ababa on Thursday (10 December).
One of Africa's most gruelling motor events -- the Ethiopian Highland Rally -- began in Addis Ababa on Thursday (10 December). Thirty-three cars from five countries were taking part in the contest.
The rally covers 3,800 kilometres (2,400 miles) and among entries was a British Ford Escort driven by Tony Fall and H. Liddon. Unfortunately this entry caught fire just before the start and was delayed by 30 minutes.
The Mayor of Addis Ababa, Haile Workineh, flagged away the cars -- which included drivers from Britain, West Germany, Greece, Sweden, Tanzania, Kenya and Ethiopia.
At the end of the first stage a Kenyan, Joginder Singh, was in the lead driving a Fiat.
On hand at the opening was the British Ambassador, Mr. Alan Campbell. The rally is due to finish on Sunday, December 13.