2007 East African Safari Rally Winners

David Sutton's Historic Motorsport rally team finally won the East African Rally in 2007, having finished runners up in 2005 with Stig Blomqvist. Gartrac services were again called upon to produce two identical Safari spec Escort Mk1 boyshell's and a comprehensive spares package for the event.

East African Safari Rally Winners

East African Safari Rally Winners

The cars were specifically designed to cope with the rigours of one of the toughest rallies in the world, the bodyshell was fabricated to a Group 4 specification with a very special lightweight roll cage designed to pick up suspension loads and give maximum safety to the drivers.

East African Safari
East African Safari

Extra provision was made for a larger fuel tank. Front and rear roof bars were fitted to protect the car in the event of a collision with a large animal.

East African Safari

Gartrac had also been developing a new front suspension stub axle, which was designed specifically for motorsport usage. These components debuted at this event with great success and were more than a match for the harsh terrain the cars encountered.

Bjorn Waldegaard led the rally from start to finish in his Escort Mk1, winning the event by nearly 30 minutes. Stig Blomqvist finished sixth in the second Mk1.