Americans race a Porsche 911 during an African Safari Rally for wildlife conservation
American couple Kim and Mitch McCullough race their 1972 Porsche 911 in the East African Safari Classic Rally to raise funds for wildlife organizations in Kenya. Tourism in the area has collapsed due to COVID-19 and as a result has devastated conservation donations.
The Safari Rally dates back to 1953 and is now restricted to cars manufactured before 1985. This is the 10th year that it has been restricted to classic cars and to date the 9-day rally has reached its half-life. It will cover an area of almost 5,000 km while crossing the borders between Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.
It was Mitch’s dream to participate in the rally and he and his wife Kim created their own “Rally for Tusk” campaign to generate awareness and donations. Tusk is a UK-based organization that supports existing and proven wildlife programs in Africa. Donations will be matched by the McCulloughs via their donation page.
“We want to support local conservation efforts through Tusk’s mission which was created to amplify the impact of conservation initiatives across Africa by supporting the most effective local organizations, investing in their deep knowledge and expertise,” said Mitch. “Conservation projects not only ensure the protection of African wildlife, but also the livelihoods and well-being of thousands of people across the continent.
The East Africa Safari Rally is 2,600 miles and the unpaved stages are over 1,200 miles. It’s a tough test for the driver and co-driver. The 1972 Porsche 911 McCullough was prepared by the British company Tuthill Porsche.
“As we drive through Kenya, we want to contribute to successful conservation programs so that Kenya’s wildlife will be there for future generations,” said Kim McCullough. “There is a lot of good news for wildlife in Kenya thanks to the incredible work that has been done by organizations supported by Tusk, such as the Big Life Foundation, Tsavo Trust and the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary.”