Only thirty-one cars of the original eighty-five starters in the Twentieth East African Safari were still running on Saturday (April 1) -- the third day of one of the most gruelling car rallies in the world.
Only thirty-one cars of the original eighty-five starters in the Twentieth East African Safari were still running on Saturday (April 1) -- the third day of one of the most gruelling car rallies in the world. With nearly two thirds of the 3,750-mile (6,000 kilometres) already covered, Hannu Mikkola of Finland (British Ford Escort) was holding off a challenge by Kenya's German-born Edgar Hermann (Japanese Datsun 240Z). Visnews cameraman Mohamed Amin caught them racing down the Tambach Escarpment in central Kenya--together with other contenders like Zasada of Poland (Porsche 911S) and Vic Preston of Kenya (British Ford Escort).
At the end of that leg, Mikkola had managed to maintain his overall points lead, with Zasada, Preston and Herman trailing.
SYNOPSIS: Central Kenya, Saturday--and the third day of the gruelling twentieth East African Safari, one of the toughest car rallies in the world. Leading overall in points at this stage was Finland's Hannu Mikkola in a British Escort sixteen-hundred. He was being challenged by Kenya's Vic Preston in another Escort, and by German-born Kenyan Edgar Hermann, a former Safari winner, in a Porsche, Nine-eleven "S".
Driving another Escort--which were challenging the powerful Japanese Datsuns for the team victory--was Finnish professional driver Timo Makinen. He wasn't doing so well on points at this stage. Not far away, Mikkola and Hermann again...
Bert Shankland of Tanzania, driving a French Peugeot five-oh-four, was fighting to keep the local hold on the Safari--which had never been won by a foreign driver. He was then lying fifth...another local was Roger Harris of Nairobi, Kenya, also in a Peugeot.