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1979 Rallye Oasis Paris-Dakar

PODIUM
CARS


GENESTIER/TERBIAUT/LEMORDANT
RANGE ROVER - CI
MARREAU C et B
R4 SINPAR - Fra
GIRAUDO/CAVALLERI
FIAT - Ita
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Final standings ]

PODIUM
BIKES


NEVEU Cyril
YAMAHA - Fra
COMTE Gilles
YAMAHA - Fra
VASSARD Philippe
HONDA - Fra
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Final standings ]



The route

Montlhery

Prologue 3,6km

Neveu/Gaignault
Fra - R Rover

Desnoyers
Fra - Honda

Alger - Tamanrasset

Reggane-In Salah 270

Privé/Privé
Fra - R Rover

Rayer
Fra - Yamaha

Tamanrasset - Agadez

Tamanrasset-In Guezzam 373km

Neveu/Gaignault
Fra - R Rover

Potisek
Fra - Yamaha

Assamaka-Arlit 230km

Daurageon/Prechet
Fra - Renault

Schaal
Fra - Yamaha

Arlit-Agadez 231km

Moreau/Touya
Fra - Peugeot

Olivier
Fra - Yamaha

Agadez-Niamey

Tahoua-Talcho 230km

Marreau/Marreau
Fra - Renault

Olivier
Fra - Yamaha

Niamey-Gao

Niamey-Gao 448km

étape neutralisée
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étape neutralisée
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Gao-Bamako

Gao-Mopti 600km

Terbiaud/Genestier
CI - R Rover

Comte
Fra - Yamaha

Bamako-Nioro

Bamako-Nioro 417km

Cavalleri/Giraudo
Ita - Fiat

Vassard
Fra - Honda

Nioro du Sahel-Dakar

Nioro-Kayes 270km


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Rayer
Fra - Yamaha

Bakel-Dakar 96km

Rigal/Rochette
Fra - R Rover

Comte
Fra - Yamaha

Facts and figures

  • A Renault KZ 11 CV at the start of the first special. The same model as that driven by Captain Etienne and which in January 1927 was driven from Oran to Cap. 18 000 kilometres in 36 days.
  • An extraordinary challenge, embarked upon by 39 year old journalist and adventurer Philippe Hayat, a teacher, Jean-Pierre Domblides and a Renault Gordini technician, Daniel Nolan.
  • 1.7 million FF of prize money, not counting the bonuses offered by companies from within and outside motor sport. Amounts range from 23 000 Francs for the winner, to 3000 Francs to the tenth placed competitor. The 40th placed competitor wins 500 Francs.
  • Max Meynier bought the rallye to life with live broadcasts every evening from 20h30 to 22h00 using a Toyota Land Cruiser.
  • 7 female competitors line up for the start on motorcycles : Martine de Cortanze, Pascale Geurie, Martine Renier, Marido. Christine Martin-Lefort, Marie Ertaud and Corrine Koppenhague.
  • No factory machines on the first edition.
  • Medical assistance using two wheel drive Peugeot 504s.
  • One category of finishers combining motorcycles, cars and trucks.


  • Les photos

    The discovery of the country of thirst, fear and mystery wasn't easy for any of the Dakar's first competitors.

    Dakar's beautiful beach awaited the first Dakar's survivors.

    The first Dakar winner, Cyril Neveu, falls one last time, on the podium.


    The race

  • 1st special (271 km to In Salah) won by Jacky Prive (Range Rover) ahead of Christophe Neveu (Range Rover) and Christian Rayer (Yamaha XT500).
  • The first 2 wheel drive home is the Renault 30 TS of Christian Pouchelon and Georges Houel, who wins the admiration of all concerned.
  • Death of Patrick Dodin, as the result of a fractured skull. He fell while doing up his helmet on the way to the start of the Agadez-Tahoua stage.
  • The motorcycles triumph in the storm. Terrible fourth special between Arlit and the Touareg capital of Agadez (231 km). Motorcycles take the first twelve places on the stage and the first three places overall, ahead of the 504 of Corsicans Moreau and Touya. Jean-Claude Olivier wins the stage while Patrick Schaal is overall leader.
  • Series of disasters at the finish in Niger, the half way point of the race. Jean-Claude Olivier, overall leader, is victim of a fractured wrist and is forced to retire. However the 1927 Renault KZ is still in the race.
  • Schaal crashes (open fracture of the little finger) and Cyril Neveu takes the lead in the Dakar.
  • On the Bamako-Nioro du Sahel stage, only one competitor, Philippe Vassard arrives within the allotted time.
  • Cyril Neveu wins the first Paris-Dakar, Thierry Sabine's dream has come true.