Subaru’s Day Out
N 7, N 8, N 9, N 10, N 11, N 12, N 13, N 14. This is simple math. Call it, the Mathematics of rallying.
Every ‘N-something’ here stands for a Subaru rally car. The higher the figure, the stronger, more intimidating and most efficient a Subaru is.
I had never in my life come across many Subaru’s in one place. At the Pearl of Africa rally over the weekend, I came across hundreds with exhaust pipes as loud as lightning.
As early as 6:30am, fans had already taken position in some of the most remote villages in Mukono. The cars are usually set off at 7:00am.
The kind of spots these fans look for should be hard enough to provide a challenge to the drivers. It could be a hump, a close corner, a long stretch, a finishing line, or a dusty/muddy area.
For those interested in seeing much of the action, they opted for hilltops. A rally car is so fast that you might have just 10 seconds to jump, scream before it disappears in a cloud of dust.
I reached Mukono town at about 6:10am, early enough to wake up Mukono town which looked to have slept late.
Riding with Justine Dralaze, a video journalist with Reuters TV in a Subaru Legacy, we patrolled these villages looking out for potential spots too. And yes, we were riding in a Subaru whose exhaust was louder than five Toyota Premios combined.
The results? Well, see for yourself.