La Vie En – Route Vers Lac – Rose

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Motorsport barely has an ‘off season’ these days. The FIA Prizegiving seems to run straight into the Monte, Formula e and Grand Prix car launches. In years – decades – past the off season was punctuated, post-Christmas by the most magical of races – the Dakar Rally. I will really miss it this year.

Premier Paris Dakar - Racing Daydreams by Colin Johnston
Premier Paris-Dakar

“But wait!” I hear you exclaim, “The Dakar is running this year, it’s in Saudi Arabia.”. That’s as maybe – ‘The Dakar’ is a fantastically organised & supported event – but after it moved to South America in 2009 it lost some of it’s soul… in my opinion. Perhaps the rebirth should have come with a new name?

In its place – in the spirit of Thierry Sabine and those epic races to Senegal – rose the Africa Eco Race. A secure, responsible, eco-aware reimagining of the great race by multiple winners Jean-Louis Schlesser & René Metge. Working in close collaboration with Morocco, Mauritania and Senegal, the spirit & route of the original Dakar rally was regained and combined with social & ecological projects.

2020 Africa Eco Race - Racing Daydreams by Colin Johnston
2020 Africa Eco Race

Africa Eco Race – Eco & Solidarity:

The plan for the January 2021 Africa Eco Race was to be an event held entirely within Senegal, but Covid considerations eventually put paid to even these limited plans. But, I have an idea. Check out this video of the 2020 event, put an asterix in your diary for January 2022, and together we can enjoy celebrating the real – the only – race to Dakar.

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