The eiffel Tower provided the backdrop for the start of the fourth Paris to Dakar motor rally on Friday (1 January).
SV PULL BACK TO LV Car park and rally cars with Eiffel Tower in background. (2 SHOTS)
SV & PAN Line-up of trucks taking part.
GV Dodge truck.
SV & CU Mark Thatcher and Ms A.C. Verney's Peugeot. (2 SHOTS)
SV Entrants and onlookers mill around cars.
SV Range Rover moves off with sign in background.
DV Car leaves start.
SV Thatcher-Verney Peugeot leaves start, driven by Ms Verney.
SV PAN Alain Fieuw, on Yamaha motorcycle,leaves starting point.
SV Starter gives motorcyclist count to move off.
GV Pascal Mengin, on BMW R80/65, rotary-engine motorcycle, on rally trail.
GV Competitor underway on motorcycle.
GV Giles Desheulles on Honda 550 SR
SV Pascal Bounjieau on BMW 100 BT
GV Motorcycle and sidecar combination of L. Sagaert and A. Vandechsteel on Yamaha ELL XS.
GV Johann Gerritstamen of Yamaha ET
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Background: The eiffel Tower provided the backdrop for the start of the fourth Paris to Dakar motor rally on Friday (1 January). Most kinds of wheeled transport took part. Huge cargo trucks, motor cars, motorcycles , including may fitted with sidecars, are entered. Among the better-known entrants are Britain's Marhj Thatcher son of Prime Minister Mrs. Margaret Thatcher. Ms A.C. Verney is co-driving Mr. Thatcher's Peugeot. This year, Renaut and Range Rovers are expected to cope best with the difficult terrain. In recent desert tests, the turbo-charged Renaults performed very well. Conditions throughout the rally will be arduous at best. The route covers some of the worst roads in Algeria nd Senegal over a distance of more than 10,000 kilometres (6,00 miles), throughout desert and scrubland. The rally has attracted almost 400 entries, many of them women, form ten different countries.