By: Rebecca Feeney (GForces Account Support)
My Grandparents met late 1948, in Kent. Jimmy Feeney, my Grandfather, had a small transport company just outside Canterbury. The then Labour government decided to Nationalise Transport which meant small independent operators were unable to get drivers as they could not match the rates the state owned haulage company were paying. So to start a new life they emigrated to East Africa . They arrived in Nairobi in Kenya where my Grandmother got a job as a typist and my Grandfather worked in the motor trade.
He met a man in a bar in Nairobi who had obtained the franchise for a little known French car for what was then Tanganyika. This chap said the concession was worthless to him and my Grandfather could have it for nothing. The manufacturer was Peugeot.
My Grandfather built a successful concession in the 50’s much due to first his personal success in rallying and then in the 60’s with his the Tanganyika Motors Rally team. He competed and won the Tanganyika 1000 as the name suggests a thousand miles of gruelling rally through Tanzania . He finished highly placed in the East African Safari a rally firmly on the international rally circuit, but victory escaped him .
This success came to Bert Shankland Tanganyika Motors Service Manager who achieved victory in a car prepared and entered by my Grandfather’s company Tanganyika Motors. An early family memory of my Grandfather is in the late 50’s when he came to England and entered the RAC rally sadly he was poorly placed. The domination of the Mini Cooper’s had arrived.
He sadly died in 1968 driving through the night to manage the Tanganyika motors Rally Team he had founded competing in the Tanganyika 1000 Rally.