Motor rallying.....and in Kenya the Safari Rally finished on Monday (27 March) with the French?
Motor rallying.....and in Kenya the Safari Rally finished on Monday (27 March) with the French team of Jean Pierre Nicolas and Jean Claude Lefebvre taking first place. They were driving a French works entered Peugeot 504.
SYNOPSIS: This year, conditions were even tougher than usual. Sixty-eight cars set out from nairobi at the start of the rally -- but at the end, five days later, there were just 17 left. Some sections of the course had to be altered. The reason-- flash floods had washed away stretches of the route. By the second day a third of the cars had been forced to drop out. The total length of this event, the 26th Safari Rally was just over 3,000 miles (4,800 kilometres) -- most of it over dirt and sand tracks.
The finish in Nairobi -- with one of the few cars to complete the rally, a Datsun driven by the Kenyan team of Hellier and Shah. The defending champions, Bjorn Waldegaard and Hans Thorszelius of Sweden, in number 5, a Porsche, finished fourth. Organisers plotted the rally to allow for an average speed of 69 miles (110.4 kilometres) per hour.
Car number six, a Datsun 160J, finished third. Its drivers were Rauno Aaltonen of Finland and the Kenyan Lofty Drews.
Second place went to the Kenyan drivers, Vic Preston and John Lyall, driving a Porsche 911SC.
But it was the French combination of Jean Pierre Nicolas and Jean Claude Lefebvre, driving a Peugeot 504, who took the honours of first place in this rally, labelled as the world's toughest. They had always been amongst the leaders but it was not until the last few hours, as they were approaching Nairobi, that they took the lead overtaking their opponents on the slopes of Mount Kenya. And because no works team managed to get three cars home the manufacturers' prize was not won.