The biennial East African Safari Rally www.eastafricansafarirally.com is now just around the corner and Mark & Ed Bentley will be competing again in their Ford Escort Mk1 rally car. The event starts on Thursday 21st November and ends on Friday 29th November. The route of 4,100 kms (2,000 kms of competitive sections) starts from the port city of Mombasa, Kenya through the Taita Hills and across the border into Arusha, Tanzania. Returning to Kenya into the Amboseli National Park (around the foothills of Mt Kilimanjaro), the route takes in Lake Naivasha (north of Nairobi) then returns south through the Maasai Mara and the southern end of the Rift Valley before arriving back in Mombasa. 2013 has a record entry of 64 crews from all over the world. In 2011, the brothers were running as high as 10th before an electrical fault cost 2 hours in penalties and relegated them to 21st place at the end of the event. A top 10 finish is the aim for 2013.
The Bentleys will again be supported by their experienced team of rally technicians of Keith Windle, Rod Heaton and Michael Gallagher from Skipton Ford. Robbie McGurk, a professional rally technician from N.Ireland, Paul Howarth, Prodrive's Rally Team Manager and Stephen Hendy, a semi-professional driver and good friend of the crew make up the 8 man team.
As in November 2011, the organisers will be fitting GPS tracking devices to each competing car. Not only does this track the rally cars for safety reasons, it also allows friends and family back home to watch "real time" where each competing car is on the stage against fellow competitors. By all accounts, this is a fantastic system according to friends that followed 2 years ago. There are 3 stages (competitive sections) each day usually starting around 08.30 GMT and finishing at 16.00 GMT. Monday 25th November is the "rest day" so don't worry if you don't see much movement of cars....!
Mark and Ed will be tweeting and posting to Facebook throughout the event so give them a follow on www.twitter.com/bentleyssafari and a like on www.facebook.com/bentleysonsafari2013you will be amazed at what you'll see!!!
We have chosen a Kenyan children's charity to benefit from any kind donations we may receive from friends, family and colleagues. Maachild provides secondary education support to a selection of Maasai children who have successfully completed their primary education, but who would otherwise be unable to continue studying at secondary school, due to their extremely poor backgrounds. For further information go to - www.maachild.com. More importantly, logon to www.justgiving.com/BentleysonSafari2013 and donate a pound or 2...! £1200 will support one child through 4 years of secondary education we are hoping to help at least 3!!!
Finally, we hope you enjoy following our progress and no doubt adventures both good and bad...
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