Classic Opel Ascona 400: Tale of love, drive and conquest

1976 Safari Rally winner Joginder Singh (left) and David Doig at the finishing ramp at the Kenyatta Conference Centre, Nairobi. PHOTO | FILE |

What you need to know:

  • After the 1983 Safari Rally, Opel sold it in Kenya to Bernd Strahl who re-sold it to Ann Taieth. Remember her? She was the trailblazing woman Safari Rally star. In the rally, she was always navigated by Sylvia King.
  • The Ascona finally found its last home in the stable of Daljit Chager, the father of multiple Kenya Rally champion Baldev Chager, the man first off the ramp in the Classic Safari last Thursday.
  • Edward Rodwell, once the world’s longest-running columnist always ended his Coast Causerie thus: ‘And so it goes.’

Baldev Chager roared away in Car No 1 as the East African Safari Classic Rally got underway in Mombasa last Thursday.

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