One of Africa's most gruelling motor events -- the Ethiopian Highland Rally -- began in Addis Ababa on Thursday (10 December).
SV Kenyan team (2) up to start, Singh out of car
CV PAN Tanzanian team to car (Fiat 125)
SV British Ford Escort with engine on fire crowd around as extinguished (3 shots)
SV PAN Ford Escort (Fall and Liddon) and engine
CV Engine (Ford)
CV Niskanen of Sweden with Hermann (West Germany)
SV Ethiopian team
SV Mayor of Addis Ababa flags off car 5
CV Mirer in BMW
CV British Ambassador talks to Fall and Liddon
SV Fall pushes car to start after repairs
Initials SAW/AW/MH/1454 SAW/AW/MH/1523
SPORT: MOTOR RALLYING
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Background: 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.