Auto Racing: Nice Place for a Picnic

If there were a Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Automobiles, there would be no East African Safari.

The world's most punishing stock car rally, the Safari starts in Nairobi and winds up—3,130 miles later—exactly where it started (see map). The rules are the standard rally do's and don't's used in Europe and the U.S. Drivers lose points for passing secret checkpoints too early or too late, for drifting off course, exceeding posted speed limits or hogging the road. They are forbidden to replace parts (which are coated with radioactive paint and examined with Geiger counters as a...

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