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Geoff Bell & Tim Challen

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Geoff Bell & Tim Challen

Geoff Bell

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Geoff Bell

  • Nationality: South African
  • Age: 67
  • Age started rallying: 22
  • Have entered the East African Safari Classic 7 times - 2003 Alfa Romeo - Roddy Sachs, 2007 Datsun 180B - Steve Harries, 2009 Datsun 180B - Tim Challen, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 Datsun 260Z -Tim Challen
  • My greatest event: I’ve enjoyed all the Classic Safaris, but 2011 was great to be placed second between two World Champions, Bjorn and Stig.
  • My favourite rallying is in East Africa, the Safaris and the Top Fry events.
  • I have rallied in Barbados, Bulgaria, Mallorca, Morocco, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden & UK.
  • Best result was first in Norway, second in Safari and Morocco, second twice in Top Fry. Always the bridesmaid, never the bride.
  • Relationship to navigator: Tim and I have rallied together all over the world and we are a very relaxed team as we both know what the each of us is capable of. He knows when to push me.
  • As a child The Safari was more important than Christmas.
  • Africa is home.
  • Cars I have driven in are; Datsun 160J, Alfa Romeo Alfetta, Mitsubishi Lancer, Ford Escort, Datsun 180B, Datsun 260Z. But have also been in most of the 1970s cars.
  • My favourite is the Z for tough fast rallies and the Escort for everything else.
  • All rallying is a fun experience
Tim Challen & Tim Challen

Tim Challen

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Tim Challen

  • Nationality: British
  • Age: 45
  • Age started rallying: 27.
  • Have entered the East African Safari Classic in 2003 with Sam Jethwa, 2007 as a mechanic, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015,2017 as a Navigator.
  • My greatest event was the Initial Classic Morocco Rally in 2010, was an adventure in to the unknown, Norway on Ice was an amazing driving experience.
  • Would like to rally in Argentina and Dakar.
  • I have rallied in New Zealand, Morocco, Barbados, Kenya, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, Uganda, Bulgaria, Norway, UK, Mallorca.
  • Best result was 2nd overall in the Safari Rally 2011, some KNRC wins.
  • Relationship to driver: Friend
  • Safari Rally means adventure, friendship, camaraderie, survival and a few cold beers.
  • Africa is home.
  • Cars I have driven in are; Datsun 260z, Datsun 180B, Evo 10, Ford Escort Mk2, Ford Fiesta, Subaru N16, Skoda, Porsche 911 and Peugeot 504.
  • My favourite cars depending on the terrain are; Datsun 260z for Safari and the Ford Escort Mk2 for forests.
  • Too many fun experiences to list, everyday is fun.