Datsun 1600 SSS

Safari Rally

The Safari Rally is considered by many to be the world's toughest rally. It was first held from May 27 to June 1, 1953 as the East African Coronation Safari in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, as a celebration of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. In 1960 it was renamed the East African Safari Rally and kept that name until 1974, when it became the Safari Rally.

The event was part of the World Rally Championship calendar for many years until being excluded due to lack of funding & organisation in 2003. The Kenyan government is trying to get the rally's WRC status restored. Since 2003 the event has been part of the African Rally Championship organized by the FIA. It is currently known as the KCB Safari Rally after its sponsor, Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB).

Local driver Shekhar Mehta was the most successful in the event with five outright victories (1973, 1979-1982).

Past winners

  • 1953 - No official winner declared. Fewest penalty points:

Alan Dix / Johnny Larsen | Volkswagen Beetle 1131 cc
Doug Airth / Raymond Collinge | Standard Vanguard

Arne Kopperud /Kora Kopperud | Ford Zephyr II (Lion class)
Morris Temple-Boreham / Mike Armstrong | Auto Union 1000 (Leopard class)

Year Rally Name / Dates Winning Driver / Co-driver Winning Car Status
1959

 

Bill Fritschy
Jack Ellis

Mercedes-Benz 190

 
1960

 

Bill Fritschy
Jack Ellis

Mercedes-Benz 190

 
1961

 

John Manussis
Bill Coleridge
David Beckett

Mercedes-Benz 220SE

 
1962

 

Tommy Fjastad
Bernhard Schmider

Volkswagen 1200

 
1963

 

Nick Norwicki
Paddy Cliff

Peugeot 404

 
1964

 

Peter Hughes
Bill Young

Ford Cortina GT

 
1965

 

Joginder Singh
Jaswant Singh

Volvo PV 544

 
1966

 

Bert Shankland
Chris Rothwell

Peugeot 404

 
1967

 

Bert Shankland
Chris Rothwell

Peugeot 404

 
1968

 

Nick Norwicki
Paddy Cliff

Peugeot 104

 
1969

 

Robin Hillyar
Jock Aird

Ford Taunus 20M

 
1970

18th East African Safari Rally

Edgar Herrmann
Hans Schüller

Datsun 1600 SSS

 
1971

19th East African Safari Rally

Edgar Herrmann
Hans Schüller

Datsun 240Z

 
1972

20th East African Safari Rally
(30 Mar - 3 Apr)

Hannu Mikkola
Gunnar Palm

Ford Escort RS1600

IMC
1973

21st East African Safari Rally
(19 - 23 Apr)

Shekhar Mehta
Lofty Drews

Datsun 240Z

WRC
1974

22nd East African Safari Rally
(11 - 15 Apr)

Joginder Singh
David Doig

Mitsubishi Lancer 1600 GSR

WRC
1975

23rd Safari Rally
(27 - 31 Mar)

Ove Andersson
Arne Hertz

Peugeot 504

WRC
1976

24th Safari Rally
(15 - 19 Apr)

Joginder Singh
David Doig

Mitsubishi Lancer 1600 GSR

WRC
1977

25th Safari Rally
(7 - 11 Apr)

Björn Waldegård
Hans Thorszelius

Ford Escort RS1800

WRC
1978

26th Safari Rally
(23 - 27 Mar)

Jean-Pierre Nicolas
Jean-Claude Lefèbvre

Peugeot 504 V6 Coupé

WRC
1979

27th Safari Rally
(12 - 16 Apr)

Shekhar Mehta
Mike Doughty

Datsun 160J

WRC
1980

28th Safari Rally
(3 - 7 Apr)

Shekhar Mehta
Mike Doughty

Datsun 160J

WRC
1981

29th Safari Rally
(16 - 29 Apr)

Shekhar Mehta
Mike Doughty

Nissan Violet GT

WRC
1982

30th Marlboro Safari Rally
(8 - 12 Apr)

Shekhar Mehta
Mike Doughty

Nissan Violet GT

WRC
1983

31st Marlboro Safari Rally
(30 Mar - 4 Apr)

Ari Vatanen
Terry Harryman

Opel Ascona 400

WRC
1984

32nd Marlboro Safari Rally
(19 - 23 Apr)

Björn Waldegård
Hans Thorszelius

Toyota Celica TCT

WRC
1985

33rd Marlboro Safari Rally
(4 - 8 Apr)

Juha Kankkunen
Fred Gallagher

Toyota Celica TCT

WRC
1986

34th Marlboro Safari Rally
(29 Mar - 2 Apr)

Björn Waldegård
Fred Gallagher

Toyota Celica TCT

WRC
1987

35th Marlboro Safari Rally
(16 - 20 Apr)

Hannu Mikkola
Arne Hertz

Audi 200 Quattro

WRC
1988

36th Marlboro Safari Rally
(31 Mar - 4 Apr)

Miki Biasion
Tiziano Siviero

Lancia Delta Integrale

WRC
1989

37th Marlboro Safari Rally
(23-27 Mar)

Miki Biasion
Tiziano Siviero

Lancia Delta Integrale

WRC
1990

38th Marlboro Safari Rally
(11-16 Apr)

Björn Waldegård
Fred Gallagher

Toyota Celica GT-4 ST165

WRC
1991

39th Martini Safari Rally
27 (Mar - 1 Apr)

Juha Kankkunen
Juha Piironen

Lancia Delta Integrale 16V

WRC
1992

40th Martini Safari Rally
27 (Mar - 1 Apr)

Carlos Sainz
Luis Moya

Toyota Celica Turbo 4WD

WRC
1993

41st Trustbank Safari Rally
(8-12 Apr)

Juha Kankkunen
Juha Piironen

Toyota Celica Turbo 4WD

WRC
1994

42nd Trustbank Safari Rally
(31 Mar - 3 Apr)

Ian Duncan
David Williamson

Toyota Celica Turbo 4WD

WRC
1995

43rd Safari Rally
(14-17 Apr)

Yoshio Fujimoto
Arne Hertz

Toyota Celica Turbo 4WD

2LWC
1996

44th Safari Rally
(5-7 Apr)

Tommi Mäkinen
Seppo Harjanne

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 3

WRC
1997

45th Safari Rally
(1-3 Mar)

Colin McRae
Nicky Grist

Subaru Impreza WRC

WRC
1998

46th Safari Rally
(28 Feb - 2 Mar)

Richard Burns
Robert Reid

Mitsubishi Carisma GT Evo 4

WRC
1999

47th Safari Rally
(26-28 Feb)

Colin McRae
Nicky Grist

Ford Focus

WRC
2000

48th Sameer Safari Rally
(25-27 Feb)

Richard Burns
Robert Reid

Subaru Impreza WRC

WRC
2001

49th Safari Rally
(20-22 Jul)

Tommi Mäkinen
Risto Mannisenmäki

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6

WRC
2002

50th Inmarsat Safari Rally
(12-14 Jul)

Colin McRae
Nicky Grist

Ford Focus

WRC
2003

51st KCB Safari Rally
(9-11 Oct)

Glen Edmunds
Titch Phillips

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 6

ARC
2004

52nd KCB Safari Rally
(12-14 Mar)

Carl Tundo
Tim Jessop

Subaru Impreza

ARC
2005

53rd KCB Safari Rally
(15th - 17th Jul)

Glen Edmunds
Des Page-Morris

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 7

ARC
2006

54th KCB Safari Rally
(24 - 26 Mar)

Azar Anwar
George Mwangi

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 6

ARC
2007

55th KCB Safari Rally
(9-11 Mar)

Conrad Rautenbach
Peter Marsh

Subaru Impreza N10

IRC & ARC
2008

56th KCB Safari Rally
(27-29 Jun)

Lee Rose
Piers Daykin

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 9

ARC

Notes: IMC = International Championship for Manufacturers, WRC = World Rally Championship, 2LWC = 2-Litre World Cup, ARC = African Rally Championship, IRC = Intercontinental Rally Challenge

East African Safari Rally (classic)

The East African Safari Rally is a Classic rally event first held in 2003 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the first running of the event. Only cars manufactured in 1971 or before are allowed. A second running of the event was held in 2005.

Year Dates Winning Driver / Co-driver Winning Car
2003

Dec 10 - Dec 19

Rob Collinge
Anton Levitan

Datsun 240Z
2005

Dec 1 - Dec 10

Rob Collinge
Anton Levitan

Datsun 260Z
2007

Nov 25 - Dec 3

Björn Waldegård
Mathias Waldegård

Ford Escort Mk1

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