RALLY LIVE – THE DAKAR ENDURO 2022

TOURING/COMPETITIVE RALLY

February 28 to March 20, 2022

 

We are rallying from London in the footsteps of the world’s most iconic endurance event

The Dakar rally remains the benchmark event in the history of endurance rallies. Between 1978 and 2008 the ‘world’s toughest motor race’ set off across France and Spain before braving the most extreme of off-road conditions across the north African landscape. The route changed many times but the destination always remained the same: Dakar, the capital city of Senegal on the Atlantic coast.

Bespoke Rallies’ Dakar Enduro Rally takes its inspiration from this iconic endurance event but takes things at an altogether more manageable pace. Setting out from the historic Brooklands racetrack in Surrey, this 6,500km journey is open to a range of vehicles from classics to production hatchbacks. We even have a class for motorcycles – just like the original. You don’t have to be a seasoned rally driver to take part – this is for everyone with a sense of adventure.

Passing down through the highways and byways of France and Spain we soon set sail across the straits of Gibraltar to the port of Tangier in Morocco where the thrills and spills begin. From here on in we will be running in the wheel tracks of the original event wherever possible, using some of the finest roads of the classic route while avoiding the dune bashing of the more extreme sections.

Heading up over the ridge of the Atlas mountains we will descend into the Sahara desert beyond, venturing westwards through to the dunes of Western Sahara, and Mauritania to the south. Our final destination on the westernmost point on the African mainland is the bustling city of Dakar, with its sun-kissed beaches, colourful markets and rich French colonial history.

This is a marathon to match other events such as the Peking to Paris and the 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.

Not for the faint-hearted, the Dakar Enduro Rally is a chance to follow in the footsteps of some classic adventurers. Dust yourself down for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Check back in Feb for live updates