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Sahara Challenge

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As wilderness go, the Sahara is a big one. The largest hot desert in the world, stretching the width of Africa, some 9 million square kilometres of rolling dunes and rock plateaus. The environment is stunning in every respect, to be able drive a rally car there is not just a challenge, but a privilege.

To witness this huge area is a once in lifetime experience, to rally out here on the other hand, that is a joy that is only really known by those that have done it.

The Sahara Challenge will select the very best bits that the desert has to offer and condense it all into a 13-day adventure, that will test the soul and leave an unrivalled feeling of triumph after one has conquered the ever-encroaching sands of the desert.

Starting from Malaga, Spain and exploring Morocco's highlights this is one of those trips that offers up life-affirming experiences throughout and by the time it is finished in Marbella, it threatens to become an addiction.

From the dunes of Erg-Chebbi to the mighty Atlas Mountains, this is the event to leave you feeling like a Dakar Superstar. The roads are incendiary, the scenery incredible and the cities and towns that we will visit along the way are magical.

The opportunity to rally a classic car in this astounding country is one not to be missed.

We hope to see you on the start line in Malaga in September 2024...

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Morocco sits on the north west edge of the largest “hot” desert in the world, the Sahara. The climate is one of extremes; the broiling heat of the day contrasts with chilly nights. The terrain ranges from pastoral countryside to the rocky massifs of the Atlas Mountains and on to the threshold of the desert, the rolling dunes of Erg Chebbi and the Algerian border.

Yet, all this is a mere 40’ ferry crossing from the southern coast of Andalucia, Spain, where the adventure starts with a “warm up” route and some revisionary rally sections to prepare the crews for what lies ahead. The event is conceived as a warm up for the Peking to Paris Motor Challenge, condensing all the conditions that would be encountered on that event into the 13-day Moroccan experience. The journey is a true eye opener to the uninitiated and a thorough joy to the experienced. From the Spanish influenced North, the route wends its way from the Mediterranean coast through increasingly impressive scenery as it gradually climbs to the foothills of the Atlas.

But this is Africa and the culture, architecture and population present a completely different world. The colourful towns and villages teem with people living their simple but traditional lives and going about their daily business in a manner that has changed little in centuries.

As the route climbs from the Anti Atlas toward the High Atlas, the “European” influence dwindles and the Berbere influence increases. The Berbere people of the Sahara, unrestricted by political borders, freely roam the desert and that influence becomes increasingly apparent; coffee is taken at roadside, family run shacks, lunch of the local speciality, Tagine, at the kasbahs that lie along the route.

The roads meander up and down remote valleys and pass through breath-taking and very dramatic scenery. The route alternates between civilised asphalt roads and off-road tracks traversing remote deserted mountainsides which afford a very real sense of isolation while inducing production of the rally competitor’s fuel – adrenaline! Traffic is a word that doesn’t translate into Berbere. In fact, the sighting of another vehicle is reassuring both security and social wise! This is rallying with adventure, a true trait of Peking to Paris. Beyond the Atlas, the desert beckons and the competitor is thrust into the realms of GPS navigation as the route crosses sections of “open desert” and the competitive skills with which that is associated. Virtually trackless, the route instructions take the competitor around Bedouin camps, through wadis and other notable features in a logical, disciplined manner – perfect training for negotiating the wilds of Gobi, or simply a good cross country rally experience.

Fear not, this is not a “sand and shovel nightmare”, the route and tracks are chosen to be well suited to classic 2WD vehicles and, proved, by numerous past events! However, the crews who successfully negotiate these sections can depart Peking with confidence in the knowledge that the crew and the vehicle are a very capable combination and a place on the Parisian podium is a potential reality if only an aspiration!

The rally enjoys 13 nights which offer a plethora of experiences; 5* luxury to glamping and towns and cities which stir the imagination. The former Royal Palace of Fes, the traditional lodgings, Marrakech, with a tourist- oriented Rest Day, the windy coastal city of Essaouira to Bogart’s Casablanca before heading for “the boat” and a Spanish finale day leading to the trophies and champagne !

Whatever the rationale for entering this event, be it Peking Paris “warm up”, or simply a great adventure, the experience will be amazing; it consists of every challenge that a rally can “throw” at the competitor and is a guaranteed major experience.

What is Included in the Entry Fee?

The entry fee for a crew of two includes:

  • 1 night pre-event accommodation in Malaga
  • Welcome Dinner
  • On-event accommodation in a twin/double room for 13 nights, including breakfast
  • Group evening dining except on rest days
  • Occasional on-rally lunches
  • Parking arrangements
  • Emergency breakdown assistance
  • Medical support
  • Car preparation and navigation guides
  • Tulip style Route Books and Map Book for the entire route
  • GPS waypoint coordinates
  • Metal rally plates, competition numbers, decals for the vehicle
  • Identity tags for each participant Finishers awards
  • Trophies for Overall, Category and Class winners
  • Two tickets per crew, for the Prize Giving Dinner

Vehicle Information

  • Entry is open to cars manufactured pre-1985 or a model available pre-1985
  • Only cars manufactured pre-1948 will be eligible for an overall result
  • Overall awards will also be presented for the classic category, for cars built between 1948 and 1985
  • The cars will be split into classes, based on age and cc or other criteria established by the organisers
Arrive & Drive Scheme

Need a car?

The Arrive & Drive scheme allows you to compete should your car be unavailable or, if you are looking to purchase a similar model in the future it gives you the chance to get to know your prospective purchase. We have a wide and varied range of vehicles to suit everyone's taste.

Need a car?

Check out the highlights from Sahara Challenge 2022

There were nights under canvas and torrential rain, as well as the hot sun that baked the landscape hard and dry. The route was certainly a treacherous and rough one, with care needed to ensure reliability of machine and as well as the dust of the desert floor, there were the heights of the titanic Atlas Mountains to scale as well.

Check out the highlights from Sahara Challenge 2022

Entry List

Albrecht Haase (DE)Christine Haase (DE)TBCTBCTBC
Alex Bell (GB)Chris Mellors (GB)1974Datsun 240Z2800
Amin Hwaidak (DE)Jack Amies (GB)1935Ford 484200
Andrew Laing (GB)Ian Milne (GB)1973Datsun 240Z2400
Brian Yeomans (GB)Andrew Yeomans (GB)1968Porsche 911L1991
Daniel Sauter (CH)Michael Maye (IE)1938Chevrolet Master Coupé - Fangio3548
David Danglard (US)Susan Danglard (US)1973Porsche 9112700
Fabrizio Bove (CH)Giorgio Bove (CH)1966Ford Mustang4700
Garrick Staples (US)AJ Rodriguez (AR)1974Volkswagen Trekker1996
Heikki Julin (FI)Heikki Saloheimo (FI)1975Fiat 124 Spider CS 11592
Joe Hayes (US)Maggie Hayes (US)1973Porsche 911TBC
Johannes Schultz (DE)Alexander Schultz (DE)1974Volkswagen Typ 181TBC
Jorge Perez Companc (AR)José Volta (AR)TBCTBCTBC
Jos Dejongh (BE)Patrick Debusseré (BE)1973Porsche 9142687
Martin Andrew (GB)Michelle Andrew (GB)1962Volvo PV5441780
Michael Lutolf (CH)Patricia Henderson (PE)1947Citroen 11B1911
Michael Rodel (CH)Nic Collins (GB)1974Mercedes W115 230.42307
Michal Pastier (SK)Mirka Pastierova (SK)1975Datsun 280Z2800
Morgan Hector (FR)Florence Fontaine (FR)1969Chevrolet Camaro SS7400
Paul Post (CH)Daniel Spadini (CH)1966Citroen DS 212100
Peter Berveling (NL)Peter Berveling (NL)1951Bentley MKVI Justine Special4500
Philip Dobson (GB)Richard Arnold (GB)1919American LaFrance Type 7514500
Raj Judge (GB)Monu Singh (US)1948Bentley Bobtail6500CC
Robert Curry (US)Bobby Curry (US)1967Porsche 9121600
Sherif Hwaidak (DE)Nabil El Gayar (EG)1935Ford 484200
Thibault Hector (FR)Lola Hector (FR)1968Porsche 9121600
Thomas Henry Wilmer Ryan (GB)Graham Samuel (GB)1963Triumph TR42150
Tomas de Vargas Machuca (GB)Camelia de Vargas Machuca (MA)TBCTBCTBC
Tony Sutton (AU)Andrew Lawson (AU)1939Chevrolet Master Coupe3500
Torben Tolstøj
Trond Bråthen (NO)Bjørn Schage (NO)1960Morgan Plus 41950

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