Jimmy Feeney: Peugeot Tanganyika 1000 Rally Team Founder

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.

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3 Comments

  1. .Chris Carlisle-Kitz

    Hi! Rebecca, During the 1950’s and 60’s I lived in Tanganyika asnd was at school in Lushoto then Iringa. My parents were good friends with your grandfather! If my memory serves me correctly, my father Donovan, was Jimmy’s co driver/navigator in the Tanganyika 1000 which they won.
    I remember well Tanganyika Motors and often went there as a young boy to see the new cars which had been off loaded on the docks and brought to Jimmy’s Agency. I remember his exploits in the East African Safari too. He wanted my dad to co drive with him in the Safari as he was a great navigator, but alas, he said it was too much time away from his family! They were great times in a lovely country.
    Hope this is of interest!

  2. Hi Chris,

    My Dad would love to hear some stories, perhaps you can email him on hiremorecar@hotmail.com

    Thanks
    Rebecca

  3. Hi Rebecca, I am researching for my own life story and came across this web page and read it with much interest. My father was Don McGregor who was a director of Tanganyika Motors along with Jimmy back in the 1960s in Dar-es-salaam and I remember meeting Jimmy and his wife on many occasions. Indeed, I have some newspaper clippings regarding Jimmy’s rallying exploits and a few photos of him as well! I also well remember Bert and Chris who seemed, in my mind at least. to be the only folk ever to win the East African Safari at that time! Happy memories of a wonderful part of my life and thanks for your post.

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