Swedish rally legends Björn Waldegård and Stig Blomqvist will run the 2013 East African Safari Rally in a six-car Porsche team prepared by Tuthill Porsche.
The project was officially launched under the banner of Race4Health at a dinner in Stockholm on November 21st, one year before the start of the rally. The dinner was organised by David von Schinkel, Team Tido principal and man behind this challenge to raise funds for African charities. Titan Television will follow the preparations before the rally, and in Africa during the competition.
The dinner was attended by a wide range of people from across Sweden. Team partners were also introduced, sharing the goal of kickstarting a fundraising project that also aims at rally victory. A huge total of 1.6 million Swedish Krona (£150,000) was raised at the dinner and presented to the founder of www.riders.org
, the anchor charity partner for Race4Health. Never before has motorsport collected so much money for charity in Sweden.
David was delighted with the strong start to Tido's campaign. "This is great! Interest in the project is enormous. To dance this tango takes a lot more than two people and without my team partners: The Swedish Postcode Lottery, Stena, Michael Storåkers, Titan and Johan Macéus, plus the generosity of all the guests, the result would not exist. Now our focus is on planning the rally and the next fund raising event for Race4Health. It feels also great to produce TV so everyone can follow the project!"
The first Race4Health car was on display at the event: a Porsche 911, built here at Wardington. A Tuthill 911 was the first Porsche ever to win on Safari, so we're delighted to defend the title with a strong team, including two world champion rally drivers. The five remaining cars are currently under construction, and will be ready for a test in Kenya in the spring. Richard is understandably over the moon with the whole thing.
"We've been working with Team Tidö for many years. It's a privilege to run a second successive Safari under the banner of a high-profile fundraising effort that seeks to help Africa: a continent and people we love.
David's skills as an innovator, manager and motivator will undoubtedly shine the light and raise valuable funds for Kenya and the charities of Race4Health. With Björn and Stig each driving a Tuthill 911, and more Tuthill cars in support, we've got a great opportunity to repeat our maiden win. We could not be happier right now."
Three of the other four drivers were also announced in Sweden: Roger Samuelsson, Christer Johansson and David von Schinkel.
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