Sahara Rally

Join the Sahara Rally drive of a lifetime – in a Citroen Berlingo!

13th March – 2nd April 2019

LAST CHANCE TO BOOK 31st JANUARY

There are a few places left to join one of 2019’s most exciting automotive adventures, driving the original Dakar Rally route across the Sahara Desert in an ageing Citroen Berlingo!

Join teams from around the UK for the adventure holiday of a lifetime. Setting off from Gibraltar in your £500 Berlingo you and your teammate/s will tackle 1,000 miles of sand, rock and gravel through Morocco.

CARS

Each team of 2 or 3 drivers must find and prepare their own Citroen Berlingo, or its twin, the Peugeot Partner, both fitted with the 1.9 non-turbo diesel engines, but Driven to Extremes will advise on how to source and prepare a suitable vehicle.

Despite its humble demeanour, the Berlingo has proven itself a highly capable car to tackle such challenges. Reliable, robust and easy to repair in the middle of nowhere, the Driven to Extremes team have settled on this MPV as the vehicle of choice after last year’s successful ‘Dakar Challenge’.

THE CHALLENGE

Following in the spirit of the iconic Camel Trophy, the Sahara Rally Challenge is an adventurous expedition that requires endurance, stamina and resilience when the going gets tough. Whilst battling through arduous terrain in such a challenging and extreme environment, common issues include punctured tyres, holed engine sumps, damaged exhausts and endless vehicle recoveries from soft sand. But with all teams pulling together when needed, no one is left stranded.

THE SUPPORT

Of course, with any used car costing £500 there are always going to be issues, so your team is backed up by a professional support crew in expedition equipped Nissan Patrol 4×4’s who are on hand to cover any eventualities.

Delivered by expedition specialists Max Adventure, we have been operating in extreme environments for over 20 years, in temperatures from -60 to +50 degrees Celsius and at altitudes up to 8,850 meters.

We have worked alongside Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Hollywood actor Tom Hardy in places as far-flung as Siberia, the North Pole and Mt Everest.

THE FUND-RAISING

This challenging event raises funds to support military and emergency services veterans who are suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

THE HISTORY

Originally conceived as a support programme to help ex-service personnel with their recovery by taking them on confidence-building vehicle adventures, next year’s Sahara Rally Challengehas been opened up to the public, allowing adventurers from all walks of life to take part.

THE COST

Entering the ‘Sahara Overland Challenge 2019’ costs just £1,995 per team, based on two people per car, and £2,395 per team if three per car. This cost includes return ferry from Spain to Morocco, all accommodation in Morocco, branded team shirts and vehicle graphics. Each team is also required to raise a minimum of £1,000 for Driven to Extremes in order to help further veterans.

THE DATES

The total adventure takes three weeks, but a two-week itinerary is available which allows you to fly to the start point in Gibraltar, and meet your car ready for the off.

  • 3 week option – 13 March to 3 April (Portsmouth to Portsmouth)
  • 2 week option – 16 to 31 March (Gibraltar to Gibraltar)

FURTHER INFO

So, if you want the chance to test your mettle in a Citroen Berlingo on the original Dakar Rally route, contact info@driventoextremes.org for further information, 

Mac Mackenney – Founder & Director, Driven to Extremes CIC

07764 600 601 / 01404 830 096