Mohamed Virani Excels in the Motor Rally in Dar es Salaam
Marhum Al-Haj Mohamed Fazal Virani the founder member of the Dar es Salaam Motor Sports Club (DMSC) which was formed in 1986 was amongst the famous rally drivers. His 2nd overall position in the Arusha Mount Meru Rally which drew prominent drivers from all over East Africa brought him into the limelight of motor sports.
DMSC organized rally from Dar es Salaam to Mombasa and back which Marhum Mohamed Virani won. The Kenya Motor Sports Club invited him to take part in the African National Championship Rally held in Kenya which drew drivers from Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, South Africa and Tanzania. This was the first major rally Marhum Mohamed Virani participated out of Tanzania and yet he respectably came fifth.
Other rally drivers and navigators in the community included Mustafa Haji, Marhum Taki Virani, Akhtar Nayani, Mohamedzaki Fazal, Rauf Dawood, Marhum Murtaza Moloo, Salim and the Arusha pair of Mehboob Abdallah and Mukhtar Abdallah. An ardent rally driver Shabbir Ebrahim died in a car accident whilst holding the post of secretary of DMSC.
Above: Marhum Al-haj Mohamed Virani receiving the winner’s trophy for the Dar-Mombasa rally from the President of the United Republic of Tanzania (retired) H.E. Al-Haj Ali Hassan Mwinyi.
Africa Federation Archives Section
7th June 2016 (1st Mahe Ramadhan 1437 AH)