UK-based teams prepare to ship in Safari Classic cars
Great Britain drivers will showcase a wide range of classic machines during the eighth edition of the Kenya Airways East African Safari Classic set for November in Kenya and Tanzania.
They include Ford Escort Mk 1 of Aron Banks, the Tuthill Porsche of Richard Jackson and the Datsun 240Z of Nick Mason.
Coventry-based Scott Armstrong and his Leeds partner Harpal Sudle will ship their Datsun 160J to Mombasa well in time for the event slated for November 23 -December 1.
Harpal- originally from Eldoret - returns to the Classic for the umpteenth time.
“Scott has been working tirelessly to meet the deadline for shipping. Until three weeks ago, we didn’t have an engine and we almost pulled out! We can confirm that shipping is in a week’s time with the container departure set for September 9,” said Harpal.
“We got let down by the first guy who was building our engine. We then asked Andy Dawson to do it for us. Andy is an old hand in the game having worked with the Nissan team back in the day. He then had an eye operation and the engine build stopped again! He just managed to complete it three weeks ago.”
“Safari Classic is like a child getting his first toy. Every Safari is different. No one knows what to expect - the weather, the stages - it’s really a magical feeling. We will do some local testing once in Kenya on November 12. The car and parts should be there on the first week of November. The Datsun 160J is a ‘replica’ of what Shekhar Metha used back in the 80s,” he added.
Harpal, son of longstanding Eldoret Rally clerk of the course Sinder Sudle has been involved in all editions of EA Safari Classics in different capacities since inception in 2003.
Amstrong has never competed in Africa and this will be his first outing as a competitor. He was a service crew on the EASRC in 2009 and 2015 when he helped Balvir Grewal and Nick Mason.