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.

Covering any motor rally is usually a risk. For example, these stones could bounce of the tyre and hit a camera/your face

Covering any motor rally is usually a risk. For example, these stones could bounce of the tyre and hit a camera/your face

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.

Justine Dralaze, a video journalist with Reuters covers his face amidst a cloud of dust after a rally car passed during the Pearl of Africa rally 2011

Justine Dralaze, a video journalist with Reuters covers his face amidst a cloud of dust after a rally car passed during the Pearl of Africa rally 2011

 

A woman with luggage on her head takes refuge by the bush during the Pearl of Africa rally in Mukono

A woman with luggage on her head takes refuge by the bush during the Pearl of Africa rally in Mukono

 

People looked for strategic sites to have a more candid view of the cars

People looked for strategic sites to have a more candid view of the cars

 

Ponsiano Lwakataka, the eventual winner of the Pearl of Africa Rally negotiates one of various sharp bends in Mukono

Ponsiano Lwakataka, the eventual winner of the Pearl of Africa Rally negotiates one of various sharp bends in Mukono

 

….and the dust left behind needed remedies like nose and mouth masks

….and the dust left behind needed remedies like nose and mouth masks

 

A girls runs to safety as a rally car approaches her in Mukono. Unlike previous years, the 2011 Pearl of Africa rally was safe enough for spectators not to record a single accident/injury.

A girls runs to safety as a rally car approaches her in Mukono. Unlike previous years, the 2011 Pearl of Africa rally was safe enough for spectators not to record a single accident/injury.

 

GET OFF THE ROAD: Unlike previous years, the 2011 Pearl of Africa rally was safe enough for spectators not to record a single accident/injury.

GET OFF THE ROAD: Unlike previous years, the 2011 Pearl of Africa rally was safe enough for spectators not to record a single accident/injury.

 

A boy carrying firewood

A boy carrying firewood

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