• Short Summary

    A freak monsoon thunderstorm brought chaos to the second day of the world's toughest road race in Kenya on Friday (12 April).

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    A freak monsoon thunderstorm brought chaos to the second day of the world's toughest road race in Kenya on Friday (12 April).

    Seventy of the 98 cars in the 22nd East African Safari rally spent all Thursday night (11 April) stuck in the mud in the 2,000 kilometre (1,250 miles) double loop around Mount Kenya. Only the first 15 cars flagged away from Nairobi on Thursday afternoon managed to slither through.

    The storm also broke radio contact with rally control in Nairobi, so it was dawn before a team of four-wheel drive vehicles towed out the trapped cars.

    Rally officials later decided not to count the penalty points collected on the flooded stretch between Musonoke and Meru control points.

    Finnish driver Timo Makinen led in a Peugeot 504, Sweden's Ove Andersson, also driving a 504, was second and France's Jean-Luc Therier third in a Renault-Alpine.

    The heavy rain was expected to favour the Kenyan drivers, but only local ace Vic Preston was up with the leaders. Top Kenyan driver Jack Simonian was forced out early on with a damaged engine.

    All but 16 of the cars stuck in the Musonoke-Meru mud were reported back on the read again for the second leg which began on Saturday morning. The 5,000 kilometre (310 mile) race ends on Easter Monday.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEQ1N6MIERI95RFONFLAE3OZV2
    Media URN:
    VLVAEQ1N6MIERI95RFONFLAE3OZV2
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/04/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:42:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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