UK-based teams pre­pare to ship in Safari Clas­sic cars

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports | Local - BY SAM­SON ATEKA /

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.

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