Mini Classic Rally flagged off in Nairobi at Waterfront Karen

Friday, November 5th, 2021 00:00 | By
Debrah Mallowah, the East and Centra Africa vice-president Coca-Cola, flags off a rally driver during the Mini East Africa Safari Classic Rally at the Waterfront in Karen yesterday. Photo/PD/BARRY SILAH

Karen Waterfront in Nairobi saw a mini version of the East African Safari Classic Rally as cars took off in earnest.

Teams from USA, Bulgaria, UK, Zimbabwe, Oman and South Africa are competing for the ultimate prize against the strong Kenyan representation, including former winner Ian Duncan.

The three-day event will cover over 1,000 kilometres across the tough, but stunning, Amboseli terrain synonymous with the world’s greatest classic rally.

“The day is finally here. We’ve undertaken all efforts to ensure the safety of drivers, rally enthusiasts, passersby and wildlife, whilst putting on a magnificent show.

Amongst other criteria, our course is designed to avoid populated areas and heighten general safety awareness among drivers and the community”, Event Director, Tash Tundo said.

This mini rally is being held as a precursor to the 10th edition that is set to take place on 10th –18th February 2022 and all plans have been put in place to ensure motorsport enthusiasts are treated to a spectacular show.

Leading the Kenyan charge will be Eric Bengi and navigator Gatimu Mindo, who competed in this year’s 2021 WRC Safari Rally, competing in the East African Safari Classic Rally for the first time in an iconic rally car, the Datsun 180B.

Other marquee rally brands such as Porsche, Ford, Skoda and Peugeot are joined by “Raid” vehicles including cars and buggies from CR-T and Land Rover.

In consultation with the Ministry of Health, the event competitors, organisers, sponsors and support staff will adhere to strict Covid-19 protocols including mandatory and regular PCR tests, social-distancing and wearing of masks.

“As a significant group of people, we have taken our responsibility with regards to Covid-19 particularly seriously, creating one of the largest sporting bubbles in Africa,” added Tundo. 

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