On Friday (20 April) Britain's Rober Clark roared into dar-Ea-Saleam in his Ford Escort RS 1600 more tan half an hour ahead of his nearest rivale in the East African Safari Rally.
LV & SV Leading car No. 2 arriving at ferry (2 shots)
LV Crowd at fearry point
SV Four other cars waiting to cross
LV Two cars on ferry
CU Driver f car No. 2 talking to reporters on ferry (2 shots)
GV crowd watching as car No. 2 leaves ferry (3 shots)
LV Car No. 7 crossing on ferry
LV Spotter aircraft overhead
SV PAN Car No. I on road to Dar-Es-Salaam
SV PAN Car No. 10 along country road
TV PAN Car No. 5 through a village
SV Villagers watch as other cars pass through (3 shots)
TV PAN Car No. 14 along road
LV & CU Dar No. 48 arrives at FDar-Ea-Salaam checkpoint (2 shots)
SV Policeman on horseback controls crowds
SV Car No. 38 arrives at Dar-Es-Salaam checkpoint
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CU Two leady drivers of car No. 38 enjoy a drink
ROGER CLARK'S FORD ESCORT ARRIVING AT FERRY: OTHER CARS WAITING TO CROSS: ROGER CLARK TALKING TO REPORTERS: VARIOUS CARS CROSSING: CARS ARRIVING AT DAR-ES-SALAAM CHECKPOINT: CROWDS IN DAR-ES-SALAAM: LADY CAR DRIVERS - ANN TAIETH AND SYLVIA KING.
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Background: On Friday (20 April) Britain's Rober Clark roared into dar-Ea-Saleam in his Ford Escort RS 1600 more tan half an hour ahead of his nearest rivale in the East African Safari Rally.
Unofficial calculations gave Clark a total of only 69 penalty points after the drive form Nairobi, where the rally started on Thursday (19th). From Nairobi the route led to Mombasa, then south through Tanzania's rugged Usambnara mountains and on to Dr-Es-Salaam.
On arrival at Bagamoyo Ferry 50 miles (80 kilometres) form Dar-Ea-Salaam, Clark told reporters that he was enjoying the drive and that he had experienced no problems, so far. Heavy rain had bene expected but Clark said that the only wet conditions he encountered had been on the road through the Usambara mountains.
All but three of the leading 10 cars arriving at Dar-Es-Salaam were fords or Datsuns. These are the two main contenders in this year's east African Rally -- reputedly the world's toughest.In all 89 cars were entered in this year's event. Most of these, are not expected to finish the 3,000 mile (4800 kilometres) course.
The French Peugeot's were represented among the leading ten cars by Sweden's Ove Anderssonlying fifth.
Arrival at the Dar-Es-Salamo checkpoint meant a chance for the drivers to catch a few hours sleep before setting off again for the return to Nairobi. And at nairobi latest reports indicate that Britain's Roger Cleark has maintained his lead with a provisional 30 points over his rivals.
SYNOPSIS: Britain's Roger Clark, driving a works Ford Escort, was holding his lead position when he arrived at the Bagamoyo Ferry, fifty miles outside dar-Ee-Salaam in Tanzania. Clark was more then thirty minutes shead of his nearest rivals.
Clark started out form Nairobi n Thursday, followed by eighty-eight other cars. From Nairobi the route led to Mombasa, then south through Tanzaia's rugged Usambara mountains. As he crossed on the Ferry Roger Clerk told reporters that he was enjoying the drive. So far, he had experienced no problems. Although heavy rain had been forecast, the British driver said that he only had wet conditions in the Usambaras.
Sweden's Ove Andersson, driving a French Peugeot, was lying fifth on arrival at the ferry.
Once the cars had crossed on the Bagamoyo ferry, the last fifty miles run into Dar Es saleam lay clear ahead. Local Asian ace driver Shehkar Mehta, driving a Datsun, was third.
The three thousand mile East African Safari Rally is reputedly the toughest car rally in the world. Drivers are expected to maintain an average spewed of sixty miles an hour throughout the gruelling course.
The race will take a total of four days to complete. Lest year eighty five cars were entered, but only nineteen completed the course. Fords took the team prize last year, this followed a two year hold on the prize by Japanese Datsuns.
All but three of the leading ten cars arriving at the Dar-Es-Salaam checkpoint were Fords or Datsuns. This year, once again, these tow teams are the biggest contenders in the rally.
Dar-Es-Salaam, for the drivers, meant the chance to catch up on some well earned sleep -- even if only for a few hours.
Latest reports indicate that Britain';s Roger Clark is maintaining his front position. He ended the first half with a provisional thirty pointy lead.