Tuthill Porsche have finally shipped their Porsche 911 Safari cars to Africa for the 2017 Kenya Airways East African Safari Classic Rally.
Team owner Richard Tuthill said: “The biggest crane we’ve used to date spent a day last week and loaded three 40-foot shipping containers loaded with cars and parts onto container trucks headed for Felixstowe, in Suffolk. From Felixstowe, the containers will travel to Mombasa: a journey which is expected to take six weeks in total. The boxes should arrive in Kenya by the end of October, where we will unload them and move them out to our rally base at Vipingo Ridge just outside Mombasa.”
“Safari led us to develop a system for maintaining large numbers of cars in remote locations, and this is what we now do wherever and whenever we travel on events,” says Richard Tutthill, adding:
“We effectively run a myriad of individual teams, controlled and coordinated centrally. “Each car has its own spares kit box – 6ft x 3ft x 3ft – in which there are enough parts and spares to do most of the rally. On top of these spares kits, we also have a mother ship in the form of a 40ft container that travels everywhere with us. Forty per cent of the container is an air-conditioned parts store, which is racked and loaded with military precision, leaving sixty per cent to hold than two hundred wheels and tyres and other large consumables and equipment.”