East Africa Classic Safari Rally is believed to be one of the toughest of all rallying events in the world. It is also one of the most celebrated and loved in the region.
The origins of the East African Safari Rally may be traced back to the early 1950s, and a conversation between one Eric Cecil and his cousin, Neil Vincent. A dyed-in-the-wool motorsport thrill seeker, Vincent refused to compete at the newly built Langa Langa circuit near Nakuru, in Kenya’s Rift Valley. “I can imagine nothing more boring than driving round and round the same piece of track,” he allegedly declared. “But if you will organise an event where we get into our cars, slam the door, go halfway across Africa and back and the first car home is a winner, I’ll be in it.”
The inaugural Coronation Rally was a huge success and was repeated annually, attracting increasing interest from competitors all over the world. In 1957, the FIA marked the Coronation Rally on its international motor sport Calendar. In 1960, the event name was changed to the East African Safari Rally. This marked a glory period for the event.
Gibons Miller, of Miller G Photography was on hand to capture all the action from the most recent leg of the circuit.
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