When the Safaricom East African Classic Safari starts on Wednesday (November 27th) the route will be opened by a Volkswagen Amarok double cab pick-up provided by DT Dobie to enable the event officials to check and clear the road ahead of the 21 competing cars in the 4,500 kilometre event. This is one of the activities marking the 70th anniversary of the Company.
Recognizing the importance of safety for the rally drivers, road users and spectators the management of DT Dobie is supporting the organisers to help maintain the international reputation of the world’s greatest rally.
While handing the Amarok to Raju Chagger, the Clerk of the Course and Pipi Renu, the Rally Manager, Ian Middleton, the Managing Director of DT Dobie, said, “The Classic Safari organizers have a reputation for holding a safe event. We are pleased to help the officials with a Volkswagen Amarok. This is a great vehicle for the task of ensuring a clear run for the fast highly prepared classic rally cars over a very long challenging route.”
Usha Nagpal, the Company’s General Sales Manager for Volkswagen, added, “The Volkswagen Amarok is ideal for covering unsurfaced roads and rough terrain. We have allocated a pick-up which combines good performance with strong suspension and high ground clearance. We are confident that the officials will be able to clear the roads quickly ahead of the hard charging rally drivers.”
In his capacity as Clerk of the Course, Raju Chagger thanked DT Dobie for arranging a Volkswagen Amarok which was the first choice for the tough task of opening the route for the rally. He said, “Our safety team is made up of experienced marshalls and officials supported by 300 traffic police and 60 boda boda riders.”
“The boda boda riders will be stationed along the route to warn motorcyclists and car drivers to give space to speeding rally cars. We have done our best to ensure the safety of the competitors, spectators and road users during the event,” added Raju.
The Safaricom East African Classic Safari Rally is a nine day event starting on November 27th from the Whitesands Hotel. The 4,500 kilometre route will take competitors through challenging roads in conditions varying from mud and dust to rocky and rutted surfaces.
The first two days of the event will be in Kenya before the drivers reach Arusha for five days in Tanzania. The longest stage challenging the drivers will be 160 kilometres and the shortest will cover 60 kilometres. All the competing cars are two wheel drive machines built before 1985.