Paris Dakar

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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.

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