Kenya Airways, all set for the launch of 8th safari classic rally.
The East African variety of paths that lead to a Safari Classic entry never cease to amaze!
Up to 60 take part on every Safari Classic Rally, each with its own crew of people around it, so the community of past and present competitors has hundreds of stories to tell.
Scott Armstrong will be tackling November’s Kenya Airways East African Safari Classic with Harpal Sudle in the co-driver’s seat.
Scott has saved and prepared for years to take part in Safari, doing his first Safari Classic as a mechanic in 2009 and again in 2015 on Nick Mason’s 260Z.
“I was born and raised in Kenya,” says Scott, adding: “We lived there until I was seven years old, when my family moved to the UK. My dad was a big rally enthusiast and took me to watch the Safari Rally, always bringing his camera along too.”
The rally was first held from 27 May to 1 June 1953 as the East African Coronation Safari in Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika, as a celebration of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. In 1960 it was renamed the East African Safari Rally and kept that name until 1974, when it became the Safari Rally. It was one of the most prestigious and celebrated rallies of its time, as well as one of the toughest.
The Safari Rally was notorious for being by far the most difficult rally in the WRC championship to win- some had said that winning this particular rally was the equivalent of winning 3 other rallies.
The Safari Classic Rally will be run in Kenya and Uganda from November 23 to December 1