Lofty Drews

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Lofty Drews
Personal information
Nationality Flag of Kenya.svg Kenyan
Born (1940-07-16) 16 July 1940 (age 78)
Tanga, Tanganyika (territory)
World Rally Championship record
Active years1973–1990
Teams Rothmans Opel Rally Team
Team Datsun
Championships 0
Rally wins 1
Stage wins0
First rally 1973 Safari Rally
First win 1973 Safari Rally
Last rally 1990 Safari Rally

Lofty Drews (born 16 July 1940) is a former rally co-driver from Kenya.

Rallying form of motorsport where modified or specially built road-legal compete not on a circuit, but instead in a point-to-point format

Rally is a form of motorsport that takes place on public or private roads with modified production or specially built road-legal cars. It is distinguished by running not on a circuit, but instead in a point-to-point format in which participants and their co-drivers drive between set control points, leaving at regular intervals from one or more start points. Rallies may be won by pure speed within the stages or alternatively by driving to a predetermined ideal journey time within the stages.

Kenya republic in East Africa

Kenya, officially the Republic of Kenya, is a country in Africa with 47 semiautonomous counties governed by elected governors. At 580,367 square kilometres (224,081 sq mi), Kenya is the world's 48th largest country by total area. With a population of more than 52.2 million people, Kenya is the 27th most populous country. Kenya's capital and largest city is Nairobi while its oldest city and first capital is the coastal city of Mombasa. Kisumu City is the third largest city and a critical inland port at Lake Victoria. Other important urban centres include Nakuru and Eldoret.



Born in Tanga, Tanzania, Drews scored his first World Rally Championship win at the 1973 Safari Rally with Shekhar Mehta. Afterwards, he achieved further success with both Sandro Munari and Rauno Aaltonen, and finished on the podium at the event seven more times.

Tanga, Tanzania City in Northern, Tanzania

Tanga is both the name of the most northerly port city of Tanzania on the west of the Indian Ocean, and the surrounding Tanga Region. It is the Regional Headquarters of the region. With a population of 273,332 in 2012, Tanga is one of the largest cities in the country. It is a quiet city compared to, for example, Arusha or Moshi with a comparable number of inhabitants.

World Rally Championship rallying championship series, highest level of rallying competition

The World Rally Championship (WRC) is a rallying series organised by the FIA, culminating with a champion driver, co-driver and manufacturer. The driver's world championship and manufacturer's world championship are separate championships, but based on the same point system. The series currently consists of 14 three-day events driven on surfaces ranging from gravel and tarmac to snow and ice. Each rally is split into 15–25 special stages which are run against the clock on closed roads.

The 1973 Safari Rally was the fourth round of the inaugural World Rally Championship season. Run in mid-April in central Kenya, the Safari was a markedly different rally from the other dates on the WRC schedule. About 5300 km of gravel roads comprised the course, though there were not distinct special stages as in other rallies, but instead the course was uncontrolled. The rally was considered very punishing, and thus many of the successful teams were specifically focused on it, leading to a different set of front-runners than led most other rallies. The rally was won by a local driver, Shekhar Mehta.

He continued to appear regularly at the Safari Rally until 1990. [1]

Safari Rally

The Safari Rally is a rally race held in East Africa. It was first held from 27 May to 1 June 1953 as the East African Coronation Safari in Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika, as a celebration of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. In 1960 it was renamed the East African Safari Rally and kept that name until 1974, when it became the Safari Rally. It was one of the most prestigious and celebrated rallies of its time, as well as one of the toughest.

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  1. Tomáš Shacki Wanka. "Lofty Drews". Retrieved 2015-12-09.