TopGear.com27 June 2014

Video feature: the East African Safari Rally

Watch Tuthill Porsche's film as they take on one of the most extreme races on the planet…

We’re no strangers to epic African adventures here at Top Gear, as Dr James May’s certificate for discovering the source of the Nile will attest (we think it’s lost in the post, but we’ve cleared a space for it on the wall).

But even we’ve never done the East African Safari Rally. An epic nine-day 3900km marathon through Kenya and Tanzania, the competitors not only have to deal with the pounding their cars get from the roads, heat and sand, but also the occasional passing zebra or elephant.

The four-part film above was made by Tuthill, and follows their 2013 journey as they return to try and match their 2011 victory in the hands of Bjorn Waldegard. And this time round the legendary Stig Blomqvist was at the wheel. We won’t spoil the film for you, but let’s say it was a race that deserved the word “classic”....

And if you enjoy this, Bjorn Waldegard’s winning 2011 Porsche will be running up the hill at the Goodwood Festival of Speed weekend. There probably won’t be any elephants there, mind you.

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