The Marreau brothers' Renault 20, the Lada Niva, the Toyota Celica, the Land Rover Defender, René Metge's Porsche 959… there are many vehicles etched in the memories of the Dakar fans. Some are set to step back into the fray in Saudi Arabia as part of the Dakar Classic.

MOTORSPORT - RAID 1980 - PARIS ALGER DAKAR - PHOTO : DPPI CAR - N∞137 - FREDDY KOTTULINSKY (CH) - GERD LOFFELMAN / VOLKSWAGEN ILTIS - ACTION - WINNER
MOTORSPORT - RAID 1980 - PARIS ALGER DAKAR - PHOTO : DPPI CAR - N∞137 - FREDDY KOTTULINSKY (CH) - GERD LOFFELMAN / VOLKSWAGEN ILTIS - ACTION - WINNER
PARIS DAKAR 1993 - PHOTO: DPPI
SABY / MITSUBISHI PAJERO
PARIS DAKAR 1993 - PHOTO: DPPI SABY / MITSUBISHI PAJERO

The legend within the race

The 1980s and 1990s, the formative years of the Dakar, are often remembered for their vehicles. Although no longer in contention for the win, those that have been properly maintained or restored are still more than capable of hitting the roads and tracks, and now they will go head to head in a test of consistency organised at the same time as the Dakar and with the same starting and finishing points. Copies of vehicles that were designed before 2000 and entered the Dakar will be admitted alongside vintage cars and trucks.

At a crossroads

The future often draws inspiration from the past. In constant evolution since its inception on the eve of the 1990s, the Dakar honours its past as it strides confidently into the future. The Dakar Classic contributes to the twofold objective of giving vintage car buffs the opportunity to relive the adventures of the trailblazers while supporting the initiatives that aim to put renewable power at the heart of the rally.

Dakar 2021 - The Dakar Classic