A Tusker or two was definitely called for. The cold ones came and went and the night grew longer and more interesting. Colin McRae had just won his second World Rally Championship round on the bounce and his 2002 season was on the up.
Little did we know, on that Sunday night in Nairobi, that a decade in the wilderness lay ahead. A generation would come and go before the next chance to write another best of British headline from rallying's top flight arose.
This week's Rally Germany is the 172nd round of the world championship since McRae scored his 25th and sadly final victory, which was also arguably his finest.
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