The Paris Dakar rally has long been seen as the ultimate test of endurance for man and machine. Billed as the race which doesn’t exist it has captured the imagination of competitors and manufacturers alike and to win is an accolade not to be sniffed at.
These days it is termed the Dakar Rally Raid – no longer starts from Paris nor finishes in Dakar… not even on the same continent actually.
The reason for mentioning it is while not an event for classics as such – though one brave Swiss rider rode a modified A65 BSA one year – it is a classic event. Furthermore, one won this year by British KTM rider Sam Sunderland.
The classic connection for us comes further down the list with Dave Watson from Cheshire and former Greeves Mxer Alan Clough who told us Dave’s tale – self financed, supported by mates and still managed to have a decent ride.