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18 November 2013

An Essex managing director is finally in Kenya to take on one of the world’s most gruelling auto races – all in the name of charity.  

Aziz Tejpar, Managing Director of Environmental Biotech, is all set to take on the East African Safari Rally, a 5,000 kilometre journey with his co-driver Andy Nagi, from 21-29 November.

Alongside 60 entrants from some 16 different countries, Aziz will join his prized Mk 2 Escort RS that was shipped out in preparation for the rally last month.

The team have already raised more than £5,000 for their chosen charity, the Niemann-Pick Disease Group UK. A charity close to their hearts, the group supports those with the extremely rare genetic metabolic condition causing a breakdown in the central nervous system. A form of childhood Alzheimer’s, children with Niemann-Pick don't usually live beyond early childhood.

To keep up to date with their fundraising efforts visit their Just Giving Page:  Supporters can also track Aziz and Andy’s progress with live Google Earth tracking updates, on the East African Safari Rally site.

The origins of the race lay in the World Rally Championship, which until 2002 included the Safari Rally. The race was revived by a group of enthusiasts and the gruelling course sees drivers tackle tough terrain in the endurance race navigating through Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Billed as ‘The World’s Greatest Rally’ the East African Safari Rally takes place every two years.

The Mk 2 Escort RS Aziz will be driving sports the Allied Polymer livery, harking back to the rally events of the seventies and eighties. After a long love affair with car racing, Aziz acquired Allied Polymer earlier this year. To be eligible to take part in the East African Safari Rally, cars must have been made before 1974.

The third time that Aziz will be taking on the rally; it will be a big change from his day job as Managing Director of Environmental Biotech, a global business which provides green solutions for problems ranging from drainage to hygiene.