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    BENGT SODERSTROM AND GUNNAR PALM, THE SWEDISH FAVOURITES TO WIN THE 3,100-MILE (5000-KILOMETRE) EAST AFRICAN SAFARI MOTOR RALLY, LOST THE LEAD THEY HAD HELD EARLY TODAY (SUNDAY) WHEN THEIR FORD CORTINA G.

  • Description

    BENGT SODERSTROM AND GUNNAR PALM, THE SWEDISH FAVOURITES TO WIN THE 3,100-MILE (5000-KILOMETRE) EAST AFRICAN SAFARI MOTOR RALLY, LOST THE LEAD THEY HAD HELD EARLY TODAY (SUNDAY) WHEN THEIR FORD CORTINA G.T. HIT A CULVERT AND DAMAGED ITS FRONT SUSPENSION. THE RUNNING WAS TAKEN UP BY BERT SHANKLAND AND CHRIS ROTHWELL, OF TANZANIA, WHO WON THE EVENT LAST YEAR.

    THE SWEDES HAD INCURRED ONLY II PENALTY POINTS AT THE END OF THE 36-HOUR SOUTHERN LEG FROM NAIROBI TO DAR-ES-SALAAM AND BACK AND HAD BEEN OFFICIALLY NAMED LEADERS OF THE LEG WHEN THEIR MISHAP OCCURRED. THE NEW LEADERS, SHANKLAND AND ROTHWELL, ARE DRIVING A PEUGEOT 404. THEY HAD 21 PENALTIES WHEN THEY ARRIVED AT KAMPALA, THE WESTERNMOST POINT OF THE EVENT.

    NOT ONLY SODERSTROM AND PALM RAN INTO BAD LUCK, HOWEVER. ONE OF THE BIGGEST SHOCKS OF THE EVENT CAME WITH THE WITHDRAWAL OF THE BMC MINI-COOPER AS DRIVEN BY THE MONTE CARLO WINNERS RAUNO AALTONEN, OF FINLAND, AND HENRY LIDDON, OF BRITAIN. THEIR CAR WAS BEATEN BY MECHANICAL TROUBLE AFTER 500 MILES.

    ON THE FIRST LEG, MANY OF THE DRIVERS CLAIMED THAT THEY HAD BEEN OBSTRUCTED ALONG SOME PARTS OF THE ROUTE BY STONE-THROWING AND OBSTACLES PLACED ON THE TRACK. ON THE SECOND LEG, MUCH LESS TROUBLE WAS REPORTED, BUT ONE DRIVER, JOHN GREENLY, OF KENYA, IN A WORKS DATSUN, WAS FORCED TO RETIRE WITH FACIAL INJURIES AFTER HE HAD BEEN HIT BY STONES.

    NINETY-TWO CARS FROM 18 COUNTRIES STARTED THE EVENT. LAST YEAR, ONLY NINE FINISHED OUT OF EIGHTY--EIGHT.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAESQFARZMC2JPIQ3N2MCKJZAS5
    Media URN:
    VLVAESQFARZMC2JPIQ3N2MCKJZAS5
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/03/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:33:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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