Classic crews blast into Cape Town after epic 8000km rally

| 28 May 2014

The 1928 Bentley 4.5 of Keith and Nora Ashworth and Dennis and Kathleen Varni's 1961 Ford Falcon GT took home the silverware after an immense Classic Safari Challenge.

After 26 days on the road, travelling some 8000km over all terrains in often-gruelling conditions 29 intrepid crews crossed the Cape Town finishing line, having travelled through Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia.

The Ashworth's took victory in the vintage class from the 1937 Dodge D5 Coupe of Bruce and Judy Washington, with the Peter Lambert/Linda Lotriet 1934 Lagonda M45 the last classified finisher from five starters.

Thanks to Michael and Eunice McInerney bringing their 1966 Mustang home in second place, Ford took the top two places in the classic class, the podium being rounded off by the 1968 Volvo 142 of Jose and Maria Ramao de Sousa.

Bill Cleyndert and Jacqui Norman were fourth in a 1968 Austin 1800, while special mention must go to Philip and Yvonne Haslam who completed the rally in their 1954 Jaguar XK120 dhc.

The Spirit of the Rally award was given to Nicholas Pryor and Leslie Stockwell's 1962 Volvo PV544 while the Against All Odds trophy was snapped up by the oft-troubled 1956 Chevy Bel Air of Salome and Scott Pouroulis.

The Endurance Rally Association's sweep mechanics also presented two special awards for the two cars that they weren't required to assist with throughout the event. The winners were the 1973 MGB of John and Marian Crighton and the 1956 Porsche 356 of David and Julia Harrison.

Click here for a spectacular gallery of images from the event.

Photos: Gerard Brown