The East Africa Classic Safari Rally is considered one of the toughest rally events in the world. It is also one of the most famous and popular in the region.
The origins of the East African Safari Rally can be traced back to the early 1950’s and a conversation between a certain Eric Cecil and his cousin Neil Vincent. An inveterate motorsport thrill seeker, Vincent refused to compete at the newly built Langa Langa Circuit near Nakuru in Kenya’s Rift Valley. “I can’t think of anything more boring than driving around the same route over and over again,” he is said to have explained. “But if you organize an event where we get in our cars, slam the door, drive halfway across Africa and back and win the first car home, then I’m in.”
The first Coronation Rally was a great success and was repeated annually, attracting increasing interest from participants around the world. In 1957 the FIA marked the crowning rally on their international motorsport calendar. In 1960 the name of the event was changed to the East African Safari Rally. This was a glorious time for the event.
Gibons Miller of Miller G Photography was on hand to capture all the action from the circuit’s final stage.
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