Nationality: British Age: 54 Started rallying at age 27 I have never entered the East African Safari Classic Rally as a competitor, but I was in Kenya as part of the service crew for Scott when he did the event for the first time in 2017, with Pali.
Greatest event: I have still have a clear and vivid memories of the first ever event I competed in, as a navigator in a Mk2 Ford Escort fitted with a 3.5 litre V8 engine. It was during the UK winter at a UK race circuit. 1 mile into the first stage on a fast section with crests, we were travelling sideways through long fast corners in a controlled drift on frost and ice at around 100mph…After that I was hooked, and still am 30 years later. I would like to rally on the tarmac roads of the Isle of Man- fast, varied, unforgiving and scenic.
I have rallied in UK- England and Wales Best result was winning the 1600cc class of the Heart of England Championship in 2010 ( as driver); 3rd in class for UK BTRDA Championship (as driver).
Relationship to driver: Long-term friends. Scott and I met in the glamorous setting of Nuneaton Motor Club many years ago. We’ve been part of a larger group of friends and teammates who have supported each other and competed on many UK events for over 20 years.
Safari Rally means challenge, camaraderie, history, multicultural.
Africa to me means wide open spaces, big skies, fantastic scenery and wildlife, friendly and helpful people. Great memories, even though the only time I have visited was for 15 days to service on the EASCR 2017.
As a driver I have driven an Alfa Romeo 33, Ford Puma 1600. As a navigator- Ford Escort Mk2, Alfa Romeo 33, Peugeot 205 and a Subaru Impreza.
Favourite car is the Ford Puma 1600- highly tuned 1600cc 16 valve engine it was small, lightweight and great handling: fabulous fun to drive, on gravel or tarmac.
Fun experiences: In UK rallying- too many to mention. The first event I did stands out ( see previous answer), another is while rallying on some military ranges in Wales having pace note “Right 5 at tank”... and as service crew waiting in a remote forest service area wondering where the crew and car were when we received the text message “ Car upside down in river filling with water”. That's Rallying!