Safari Rally veteran, Frank Tundo is a welcome addition to the seeded entry list for the 2017 East African Safari Classic Rally. Father to four-time Safari Rally winner, Carl, Tundo Senior will take his crowd-pleasing Triumph TR7 across the start ramp of this year’s Safari Classic in Mombasa on November 23rd.
About Frank Tundo
Now the head of a true rallying dynasty, Frank began his Safari Rally career in 1972, driving a Datsun 1600SSS. Despite a full diary as a businessman, parent and respected member of the East African rallying hierarchy – he is a longstanding Clerk of the Course of the Nakuru Rally – Frank has never sidestepped regular competition. He has earned his hard-charging KNRC reputation and cuts the younger hot shots no quarter.
“Dad drove like a demon on the recent Balkan Classic Rally,” said daughter Natasha, Frank’s regular co-driver. “Navigation was the trickiest I have ever encountered, but we managed at the end, coming home fifth overall. We were the first non-Porsche home and the only top five crew not to pick up a time penalty. It was an incredible experience with my dad in Bulgaria.”
As a former works Subaru pilot and highly experienced participant in the WRC Safari Rally over the years, Frank is also an accomplished driving mentor, who tutored his kids, Carl and Natasha, by rallying cars over a practice track on the family’s wheat farm. Frank and co-driver Gavin Laurence have been seeded sixteenth for the 2017 Safari Classic Rally.
“He taught us how to drive and it will be good to race against the teacher,” quipped Carl, who has been seeded second for this year’s event to reigning Safari Classic champion, Stig Blomqvist. A super-strong African driver line-up for 2017 is sure to deliver a thrilling eighth edition of the Safari Classic, when the rally kicks off in just over two weeks.