Robert Duck (right) beside the car he did up with a mate before the East African Safari Classic.
Robert Duck (right) beside the car he did up with a mate before the East African Safari Classic.

Ride of their lives in rally

GEORGE Duck has spent more than a week with his thoughts firmly fixed on Africa.

The Hervey Bay man’s son, Robert, is part of a team that is competing in the East African Safari Classic in Kenya.

The rally pits classic cars built before 1974 against one another and allows them to avoid powerful turbo-charged cars.

Along with his mate, Duck stripped back a Datsun 260Z and got it ready to race and now he is part of the support crew that is racing the car in the rally, which was first held in 2003.

The team, which is the only Australian team competing in the race, has done pretty well for itself so far, notching up some solid results.

The only day that hasn’t quite been the best so far was day eight, when the team got stuck in a river. Several other cars were mired down too.

“They had a bit of hiccup on day eight but other than that they have gone OK,” George said.

It took them a few hours to get out and they finished 10th.

Graham Alexander and Ross Runnalls are driving and navigating the car while Duck is focussed on keeping the car running smoothly for the duration of the event.

The rally is held every two years and Kenyan drivers have traditionally dominated the event. Both the 2003 and 2005 rallies were won by Kenyans – Rob Collinge and Anton Levitan in a Datsun 240Z and 260Z respectively.



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