East Africal Safari Rally 1961

Product no.: 0529

East Africa offered a challenging countryside to hold a motor rally. Emphasis was on rugged terrain which challenge both car and driver. A filmed report of the 1961rally that very few motorists would have the chance to see in action. As such it would have been in demand by motor clubs at the time. 

This rally was quite a challenge with 3,080 miles to cover at an average speed of 50 mph over mainly unsurfaced roads and tracks with plenty of dust and later mud.   Not surprisingly cars that do well establish a reputation for rugged reliability. The real surprise are the vehicles chosen by some entrants some time camouflaged by unexpected paint additions to cut glare. Fiat 500 Renault 4 Humbers Volkswagen Beetles Panhard,  Australian spec Falcons, Ford Anglias, Mercedes, Ford Zephyr, Peugeot 403, and of course Hillman Minxes.  Just as well  as Rootes Group sponsored the film to celebrate the two Hillman Minxes winning their class, . Presumably the overall winner was another make as the film somehow forgot to mention this! An added pleasure of this film is the charm of Raymond Baxter’s commentary.  

Colour 25 minutes.      


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