A look back at the 17th East African Safari Rally from 1969

We are already into the third day of the Kenya Airways East African Safari Classic Rally, but as most of you will know, the rally has been taking place for many years.

The Safari Rally was first held from 27 May to 1 June 1953 as the East African Coronation Safari in Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika, in celebration of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

In 1960 it was renamed the East African Safari Rally and kept that name until 1974, when it became the Safari Rally.

Back in 1969, the 17th East African Safari Rally already with the race being won by Kenyan pair Robin Hillyar and Jock Aird, driving a Ford Taunus 20M RS.

When you compare to how the event is covered by British Pathé now to 46 years ago, it gives a fascinating glimpse into the past as does the Ford footage from the race.