Having received the expert attention of the team at Rally Preparation Services, a much-admired Japanese classic will soon be setting off on an epic adventure to South Africa.

Taking place from 15 February to 5 March, Rally the Globe’s Southern Cross Safari is a 3600km journey through Kenya and Tanzania.

The experienced British crew of Andrew Laing and Ian Milne will be behind the wheel of a superb 1974 Datsun 240Z, a model that was once the world’s best-selling sports car. And with a combination of great handling and enviable durability it is ideal for classic rallying and for tough events like this one.

With a varied array of regularity sections and special tests, the Southern Cross Safari promises to be a challenging event for all of the crews taking part, but it will also provide some fantastic opportunities for when participants are able to take a break from driving. Visits to game reserves and stunning national parks are all on the agenda.

But what Andrew and Ian are really looking forward to is testing the capable 240Z’s abilities in amazing surroundings, and they will be able to rely on plenty of previous experience. Having taken part in Rally the Globe’s inaugural event – the Carrera Iberia which involved nine days of driving through Spain and Portugal – the pair took the same car to an impressive eighth place finish in the Classic Category.

And that’s not all as they have also tackled a number of other well-known events, including the Flying Scotsman, in cars as diverse as a Peugeot 504 Coupe and a Frazer Nash BMW. But for their adventure through Africa they are confident that the sporting Datsun will prove the perfect choice, and thanks to the expertise and support of Rally Preparation Services they are looking forward to yet another strong result.

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