Coastweek -- Kenyan born duo
of Scott Armstrong and Harpal Sudle (now respectively based in Coventry and
Leeds) have finalized the necessary paperwork and will be shipping their Datsun
160J well in time for this year’s Kenya Airways East African Safari Classic
which Scott will drive is a ‘replica’ of what Shekhar Metha used back in the
never competed in Africa and this will be his first outing as a competitor. He
has been a service crew on the EASRC in 2009 and 2015 when he helped Balvir
Grewal and Nick Mason.
originally from Eldoret-returns to the Classic for the umpteenth time.
The son of
longstanding Eldoret Rally clerk of the course Sinder Sudle has been involved in
all editions of EA Safari Classics in different capacities since inception in
had this to say in an interview: “Scott has been working tirelessly to meet the
deadline for shipping.
Until 3 weeks
ago we didn’t have an engine and we almost pulled out !
confirm that shipping is in a week’s time. We got let down by the first guy who
was building our engine.
We then asked
Andy Dawson to do it for us.
Andy is an
old hand in the game having worked with the Nissan team back in the day.
He then had
an eye operation and the engine build stopped again !
managed to complete it 3 weeks ago.
Classic is like a child getting his first toy. Every Safari is different.
No one knows
what to expect ... the weather ... the stages ... it’s really a magical feeling.
We will do
some local testing once we arrive in Kenya on November 12.
The car and
parts should be there on the first week of November.”