ENDURO RALLY 2021
February 28 to March 20, 2021
Dakar Enduro Rally 2021 from London in the footsteps of the world’s most iconic endurance event
A new challenge from Bespoke Rallies evokes the glory days of the Paris Dakar rally using some of the finest roads of the classic event while avoiding the worst, making it suitable for a range of vehicles from classic and two-wheel drive hatchbacks to motorbikes
The Dakar Enduro Rally from Brooklands to Dakar in Senegal offers a 6,500km adventure for everyone looking to experience the great endurance event but at a more manageable pace – and budget. It is open to a range of vehicles from classics to production hatchback. We even have a class for motorcycles – just like the original.
While we run in the wheel tracks of the original event wherever possible we keep away from the dune bashing and extreme sections. This is a competition event which is based on regularity and not on out-and-out speed. Yes, it will be tough at times but that makes it all the more satisfying. And, you don’t have to be a seasoned rally driver to take part. This is for everyone with a sense of adventure.
Dakar Enduro Rally 2021 start at Brooklands Museum in Surrey before heading down to the channel where we cross into France after completing some tests on the way. There is no set route through France although we might ask you to visit the odd passage control to ensure everyone is on target.
Once through France the rally heads to the south of Spain via stunning interior roads to Jerez (for a spot of Sherry) via a suggested overnight stop in Toledo. From Jerez the crews catch the fast ferry to Morocco from Tarifa. So far, so good. Pretty straight forward up till now but the screw is now slowly tightened.
We disembark in Tangier and once through customs we have the rest of the day off to prepare for the mountains and deserts of North Africa. From here we start to drive some of the routes of the original Dakars. Our route takes us over the Atlas mountains and down to the north Sahara below. We stop in Fes, Medelt, Erfoud, Zagora and Ouarzazate before the drive into Marrakech and our first day off. That’s the end of phase two…
The following day we cross into Mauritania, then into Senegal and our final destination Dakar. Here the vast empty spaces are in stark contrast to the busy roads we set off on in northern Europe. With very little ambient light the stars are bright and the air clear. Here is the business end of the event with sand, sea and sunshine challenging man and machine.
The route is designed to be driven in a two-wheel drive classic but preparation, as always, will be crucial.This is a marathon to match other events such as the P2P and Grand Prix of South America where you will find camaraderie and competition in equal measure. The roads will vary from smooth tarmac to completely off-road so a well thought out car which can operate on the rough will be essential.
THE ITINERARY & WHAT’S INCLUDED
• Recommendations for hotels in
France and Spain
• Rally Hotel in Jerez
• All hotels on half board basis in Morocco, Mauritania and Senegal
(no evening meals on days off)
• Grand send off from Brooklands
• Pre-event dinner and briefing
• Scrutineering day prior to the event
• Route on Tulips
• Ferry from Portsmouth to Caen
• Ferry from Tarifa to Tangier
• GPS track for the desert sections
• Competition by electronic timer
• Tracker and web page showing all cars
• Rally clothing
• Gala dinner and prize giving
• Mechanical support crew
• Rally medic
• Our experienced team
All pre-1950 vehicles
Classic A: 1950 to 1959
Classic B: 1960 to 1969
Classic C: 1970 to 1979
Classic D: 1980 to 1989
Classic D: 1980 to 1989
Up to 1,200cc built before 2002
A: Land Rover Series 1,2 and 3
B: All other 4x4s
A: Up to 600cc
B: Over 600cc
* Classes may be combined as necessary * * Please note: route and timings may be changed without notice
How do I prepare for this event?
While no previous experience is necessary it certainly helps to have an idea what you are doing in the sand and rocky surfaces. If you have not done any off-roading there are courses which will help you on this event. You will also need to be proficient in time keeping and up for an adventure.
What safety equipment do I need
A roll cage is a recommended item, as are uprated brakes, full harness seat belts, fire extinguisher, electrical cut out switch and first aid kit.
What car should I take?
We are offering three main classes: Vintage and Classics, Modern between 1200cc and 4x4s. We suggest your car should have good ground clearance and a sump guard as minimum. You will need a Brantz or similar trip meter. You need a car that is reliable and not race tuned!
How is the navigation done?
There will be a comprehensive Tulip roadbook for the event. We will have different types of navigation which we will give more details on nearer the event.
Do I need a competition licence.
No. Your private driving licence is fine plus an International Driving Permit. The evet is under the auspices of FIVA, The Royal Federation of Morocco Motor Club and the Senegal Motor Club.
What is the accommodation like?
You will be in hotels every night so there is no need for a tent. The rally entry fee includes bed and breakfast in all hotels except in France and Spain where there is a wide choice to suite your budget. We include the rally hotel in Jerez. Once in Africa most evening meals are also included, although lunch is not.
What is the terrain like?
For the most part it will be on tarmac roads of various standards although do expect some sand, tracks and rocky surfaces.
What spares will I need?
Obviously we can’t be exact about this, but spare front and rear shock absorbers would be a good idea, along with brake pads, inner tubes, consumables, points and cap (if you have a distributor), tow rope etc. A more comprehensive list will be published later.
Do you provide mechanics?
We will have one or two crews of mechanics depending on the size of the entry. They are there to advise and help you, not as your private mechanic. You will have to be in attendance at all times while they are working on your car.
Will we drive on the sand?
Most certainly. It’s a skill you will learn along the
way. Bring some light equipment to help you dig yourself out of the sand when stuck. The trick to
not getting stuck is to keep up your momentum
and hold your nerve.
Do you ship the cars home?
Yes, we will help organise shipping for you. It is usually very quick back to Europe. More on that later.
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