INTRODUCTION The 1977 Silver Jubilee Safari Rally in Kenya was won on Monday (11 April) by two Swedes, Bjorn Waldegaard and Hans Thorszelius in a Ford Escort.
GV Car No 17 along straight and taking bend near Teso towards Mombasa
SV Two children pounding cereal
GV PAN Car No 1 along road and taking bend
GV PAN Car No 10 along same stretch
GV PAN Car No 3 along same stretch
SV Villagers watching from roadside
GV Car No 7 drawing up at check point in the Taita hills and navigator out of car and runs to check point
GV Car No 1 arriving at check point as car No 7 pulls away
SV PAN Car No 1 pulls away
SV Car No 3 checking in as villagers look on (3 shots)
SV Davindar Singh in car No 20 checking in and leaving (2 shots)
GV PAN Car No 15 along road through Taita hills
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Waldegaard and Thorszelius won with 549 penalty points; Aaltonen and Drews were second with 619 points; and the Italians, Sandro Munari and Piero Sodano were third with 630 points. Aaltonen and Drews were driving a Datsun Violet, and Munari and Sodano were driving a Lancia Stratos (No 7).
SPORT: MOTOR RALLYING
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Background: INTRODUCTION The 1977 Silver Jubilee Safari Rally in Kenya was won on Monday (11 April) by two Swedes, Bjorn Waldegaard and Hans Thorszelius in a Ford Escort. They are only the third foreign crew to win the Rally in its 25 years history.
SYNOPSIS: Even on sunday (10 April), the fourth day of the Rally, the writing was on the wall for their nearest rivals, Rauno Aaaltonen of Finland and Lofty Drews of Kenya in car number seventeen. Some folk, of course, had seen it all before. Nevertheless, Waldegaard and Thorszelius stayed firmly ahead in their number one Ford as they roared through Teso, heading for Mombasa and the final leg.
By this time only fifteen cars had survived the gruelling course. Despite the dust, the pot-holes and the mud, the remaining competitors pushed on over the four hundred and eighty miles (800 kilometres) of the final stage.
The fact that only fifteen cars remained from the 68 original starters, was in itself something of a record. It was the smallest number to survive the first half in the history of the event.
As the two Swedes reached the check-point in the Taita hills, the race was still for the winning. Waldegaard and Thorszelius had collected four hundred and thirty eight penalty points, and during this section they lost their first place to Aaltonen and Drews. But they were still able to hold on to their overall lead of 69 points.
Car 20, driven by Davindar Singh. His brother, Jogindar and David Doig are previous winners. But this year in the Taita hills they were lying sixth having lost five hundred and eighty six points. After Mombasa, the cars were to head north to Nairobi. Only twelve cars were to finish that last stretch --including only one works team.