Sweep of first four places in African Bandama Rally

  • Date
    9 - 14 December 1979
  • Description
    The Daimler-Benz driver teams of Hannu Mikkola/Arne Hertz, Björn Waldegaard/Hans Thorszelius, Andrew Cowan/Rolf Kaiser and Vic Preston Jr./Mike Doughty – all at the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC 5.0 – take the first four places in the Bandama Rally, Côte d'Ivoire.
11th Rally Bandama, Côte d'Ivoire, (Ivory Coast), December 1979. The winning team Hannu Mikkola / Arne Hertz (start number 6) in a Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC 5.0 rally car.
11th Rally Bandama, 1979
11th Rally Bandama:
The crossing of waterholes not only looks spectacular, but also entails many dangers because the depth of the waterholes is very difficult to estimate for drivers. Moreover, the engine must never suck in water through the air filter, as the dreaded "water hammer" would immediately destroy the drive train. The winning team Hannu Mikkola/Arne Hertz (number 6) in a Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC 5.0 masters this passage outstandingly. The recipe for success for a flawless crossing of rivers and waterholes is to keep the engine under steady load.
11th Rally Bandama, 1979