Another 18 and i couldn't resist it. I already have Spark's rendition in 43rd so this will go nicely in the cabinet with it
Peugeot sent three 504 V6 Coupes to the 1978 Safari Rally for the crews of Jean-Pierre Nicolas & Jean-Claude Lefèbvre, Timo Makinen & Jean Todt and Simo Lampinen & Henry Liddon. They were up against the works teams of stalwarts Datsun, but also returning to the Safari Porsche and newcomers Mercedes.
What was predicted to be a dry rally didn't happen as the October rains had continued well into the new year and were still going in March leading to essentially a mud bath forcing the organisers to decide whether roads were in fact passable and whether penalties for late arrival were appropriate.
Initially a Porsche (Waldegard) led the first leg but then suspension failure moved twos Datsuns (Aaltonen & Källström) into the lead, well that is until one of them fell in a ditch (Aaltonen) and the other had rear axle failure (Källström), or more to the point the rear support member failed and the entire axle departed from the car.
Nicolas in the 504 then assumed the lead just ahead of the Datsun that was now out of the ditch which was coming up hard behind him until it rolled and broke the steering leaving the Nicolas to cruise to the win which he did despite colliding with a spectators car that decided to U-turn across his path on the stretch of road just before the finish. He limped home after some patching up by the service crew to take the win by a little over 30 minutes from the chasing Porsche of Vic Preston and ditched and rolled Datsun, still with broken steering of Rauno Aaltonen.
Otto Models - Peugeot 504 - 1978 Safari Rally - J-P.Nicolas & J-C.Lefebvre - 1st