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José Megre, the "father" of Rallyraid in Portugal died after illness.

Victim of prolonged illness, José Megre passed away last Saturday, February 21st. His departure represents an inestimable loss to the portuguese motor sports. Graduated in mechanical engineering, José Megre is known as the "father" of the cross-country competitions in Portugal. Born on the 26 March, 1942, in Lisbon, José Megre early began to take an interest in automobiles. After making a graduation on Mechanical Engineering, with a specialization in Automobiles in London, England (1963-66), José Megre decided to take part in some motor sports competitions.

In the 70s, the former pilot added to his curriculum three participations in the World Championship rally. Since 1982, he dedicated exclusively to the cross-country discipline with highlights at the pioneer participation at the Dakar where he presented at the wheel of a Portuguese construction vehicle - the UMM. He also participated in the Paris Cape Town rally and in the Paris-Moscow-Beijing.

As an organizer, he was responsible for the creation of the Portalegre’s Marathon, in 1987, and the Baja Portugal, in 1988, a competition that is now known as Rally Transibérico, the most important European cross country trial, that is also included at the World Cup of this discipline. Within his range of organizations, it can also be mentioned the 24 Hours of TT and Transportugal.

Since 1987 he was responsible for the concept and organization of several intercontinental expeditions in Africa, Asia and America with more than 15 000 km each of them. He founded the Clube Todo Terreno in 1982 and the Clube Aventura in 1984. Compulsive traveler, he visited 193 of 194 sovereign countries recognized in the planet - it just lacked Iraq. See his route at [ ].

2009/02/27 | 16:49 CET | Editor: MR/HS/Pedro Barreiros/A2

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