The first-ever motor rally school in Kenya has been launched to lure the future stars of the Kenya National
Rally Championship series.
The project, initiated by
veteran rally navigator and one of the most respected personalities in the motor sports industry, Abdul Sidi, who is the principal of A.S.R.A,has attracted well over 100
rally enthusiasts at the
launch of San Valencia KRDA Motor Sports Academy. The Academy is set to lure
the next generation of co- drivers into the KNRC.
Sidi said the scheme is a historic venture meant to provide free education to those interested in joining
Motor Sports industry.
It is another plus-point
Abdul Sidi for his continued efforts in promoting motor
sport in the country.
Sidi is credited for bringing Car Track and introduction of the Divisions in the Kenya National Rally Champion during his tenure as Chairman of the Kenya
Rally Driver Association.
The new scheme is open to anyone from either outside or inside the Kenya National
Rally Championship circles. Certificates will also be issued to those who attain the KNRC standards at special graduation ceremony to be held later on.
SAFARI RALLY THEN And NOW
ASRA: Hats of the former organizers of the Safari Rally when it was considered as the toughest round of the World Rally Championship.
For many of the younger generation, identifying Mike
Doughty and David Morgan would be difficult but for
those who remember them, will always give credit to some of the greatest Safari
Rally organizers Kenya has ever produced.
Apart from giving detailed news on issues ranging from Service schedules,
Entry Lists, Driver
information, they were able to give spectator guides which are lacking in the present day of the competition.
The 1993 Safari Service
schedule consisted of 38 pages of which 30 were in detailed maps. The information was not just to help the local service crews, but also of great guidance to the spectators
and the vast number of
foreign crews and
journalists. It was precise and accurate, released months in advance.
The 1973 Safari Rally was 3777 kilometer-long of which 2155.90 kms was competitive spread over
five days of the competition.
The rally would start on a Thursday and finish on a Monday.
There were 79 Time
Controls spreading from
Nairobi to as far as
Rumuruti among other
landmarks in Kenya.
In comparison, this year’s Safari Rally will 730
kilometers long of which 308 kms will be competitive. It will be done in less than three days. The Service schedule is just ONE PAGE of A4 size. The furthest point away be IL Bisel after the start from Nairobi We need to borrow one or two leaves from our predecessors in order to revive the event back to its glory days.
To be able to achieve that there has to be
commitment and dedication
from those willing to take up the challenge.
Safari Rally belongs to the people and is considered as
a historic heritage for the people of Kenya and those in support of once, the TOUGHEST RALLIES OF THE
We can do it
About Abdul Sidi
Over two decades as
leading Rally Navigator
Chariman of Rallies
Commission – Kenya Motor
Principal of Abdul Sidi Rally
Former Chairman of the
Kenya Rally Drivers
Former Media Consultant for
Kenya Motor Sports
Former Press Officer for
the East African Safari
Motor Sports Writer for the
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