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Welcome to the Africa Eco Race 2012 special newssection. To read an article just click on the specific headline below. All articles are visible for several years and under special subdomain [ COPY & CLICK HERE ] or use the SEARCH.




Africa Eco Race: The importance of spirit - start of the "real rally to Dakar" 12.






From Robb Pritchard: The weak winter sun shines over the southern French village of Saint-Cyprien and on a spit of land between the Mediterranean and the harbour the long tent is full of activity as cars ready for the annual race / rally/ adventure / expedition / experience of a life-time to Dakar go through scrutineering.

As you surely know the originally "Dakar Rally" doesn't actually go to Dakar any more after the organisers deemed the African wastes too dangerous to host such a high profile event, and so South America now holds the race whose turbaned brand was forged in the Sahara.

But those who know what magic there is in the African sands also know that the spirit of the event lies there... So when the Dakar-organiser ASO chose another continent the 'old guard', past winners and organisers of those early and now legendary Paris-Dakars got together to keep the spirit alive... and the "Africa Eco Race" was born.

Now in it's 4th year this epic 13 day, 3500 km event through 5 countries is fully matured and one of the names synonymous with those well-remembered days of yore, Rene Metge, has found and plotted routes for their beauty as well as their brutality, for their diversity as well as distance. The promise is that the Africa Eco Race will not be trying to recreate what went before, but will be an example of what the pinnacle of rally-raid should be.

Winner of all the previous editions, Jean-Louis Schlesser is a bit of a celebrity here, shaking hands with everyone with his family in tow and is very relaxed ahead of the start. A crowd was pressing around his buggy as it waited in line for scrutineering but the 'Boss' as he is affectionately known had time for us.

"I'm happy to see all of the people here and I hope to have a strong and tough race - as there are a lot of good buggies to race against!" The buggy is all new though. Since the last race in the Pharoans Rally in Egypt the car has got longer, lighter, the engine sits lower, the radiator is in a different place. "Ah," he shrugged when I asked if he was a bit worried about the lack of testing. "I think I know enough!"

Reigning truck class champion is the Czech Republic's Tomas Tomecek who is so unassuming that I mistook him for one of his mechanics. "I like the Eco Race very much," he smiled. "I was 9 years old when Thierry Sabine started the Dakar and I always liked the idea, but I watched how it changed with the money and commercialism. So now I choose the Africa Eco Race for that feeling of freedom - but maybe I am crazy!"

One of the most popular cars was the gold "Dartz Kombat T-98", which I nicknamed "GoldZilla", a 4-ton armoured car used in the upcoming Paramount Pictures film "The Dictator". Driving it across the start line behind the cars with the whole crowd taking photos was a great experience! 42 cars took the start, with 5 trucks and 17 bikers... and the fun starts tomorrow with a 1000 km route to the south of Spain... and a 3am start!

2011/12/28 | 20:59 CET | ARTICLE: MR/SY/PRITCHARD











Africa Eco Race: MAN TGS and Elisabete Jacinto shine at Africa Race 2012. | 12.01.2012 14:44 |




Africa Eco Race: Elisabete Jacinto and MAN 2nd - truck-duel by 3 seconds. | 09.01.2012 18:23 |




Africa Eco Race: Cars-winner Schlesser "The race was harder than last year". | 09.01.2012 15:50 |




Africa Eco Race: Behind the rally scenes - the last kilometers before Dakar. | 09.01.2012 15:37 |




Africa Eco Race: Schlesser, Polli and Tomecek - all at the Lac Rosé Dakar. | 09.01.2012 14:10 |




Africa Eco Race: Stories behind the scenes on SS06 - going south to Dakhla. | 03.01.2012 17:07 |




Africa Eco Race: Schlesser - "Navigation tricky but the landscape incredible". | 03.01.2012 16:07 |




Africa Eco Race: Schlesser and Polli keep the pace in the South of Morocco. | 03.01.2012 15:01 |




Africa Eco Race: Third stage win for Team Schlesser - "Nice start on 2012". | 02.01.2012 15:45 |




Africa Eco Race: Schlesser, Lenoble and Jacinto start the year well in Africa. | 02.01.2012 15:27 |




Africa Eco Race: The story behind Stage 04 - "It was almost like a miracle". | 02.01.2012 15:12 |




Africa Eco Race: Schlesser keeps the pace after SS04 crossing Erg Chegaga. | 02.01.2012 11:11 |




Africa Eco Race: Jean-Louis Schlesser takes control in 3rd stage in Morocco. | 31.12.2011 17:39 |




Africa Eco Race: Behind the scenes - enjoying 3rd stage inside the helicopter. | 31.12.2011 03:40 |




Africa Eco Race: Jean L. Schlesser - "It's always a great joy to return to Africa". | 30.12.2011 20:38 |




Africa Eco Race RESULTS: D01/SS02 Borj bel Freissate - El Mdoura Morocco | 30.12.2011 14:53 |




Africa Eco Race: Story behind "They said it was going to be hard - and it was". | 30.12.2011 12:29 |




Africa Eco Race: Rally started with first stage in Africa after long Europe-liasion. | 30.12.2011 11:41 |




Africa Eco Race: The importance of spirit - start of the "real rally to Dakar" 12. | 28.12.2011 21:00 |




Africa Eco Race RESULTS: List of competitors Africa Race Cars/Bikes/Trucks | 20.12.2011 20:41 |




Africa Eco Race: 4th edition promises great show in two-wheel drive category. | 30.11.2011 13:23 |




Africa Eco Race: Presentation of the rally route 2012 from France to Dakar. | 19.11.2011 21:04 |




Africa Eco Race: Rest-day Morocco, 3.0000 trees for Mauritania, Photovoltaic. | 15.09.2011 20:58 |




Africa Eco Race: Team Loomans to start with 5 cars (Africa-Toyota) and trucks. | 10.08.2011 15:03 |




Africa Eco Race: Big promotion success in the Netherlands and Belgium. | 22.05.2011 21:57 |




Africa Eco Race: Entries for the "Real Dakar" open, also for Amateur-teams. | 18.05.2011 22:50 |




Africa Eco Race: The fourth AER rally edition is on its way - again head for Dakar. | 11.03.2011 13:31 |




Africa Eco Race: René Metge after third Edition of Rally - "I thank you all". | 04.02.2011 21:04 |




















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