The Trans-African rally is a test of man and machine through ten thousand kilometres of one of the most barren and arid regions on earth.
GV Rally competitor packing up truck after camping in desert PAN truck, with washing hung around it (2 shots)
CU PAN Barrels of fuel in front of competitor
GV Range Rover ZOOM TO Arab praying in sand PAN TO petrol being pumped into truck (2 shots)
SV French cinema actor Jean Louis Trintignant testing tyre pressure
GV Range Rover No. 9 driven by M. Sarazin driving through desert
GV Berliet truck stuck in sand
SV Yamaha 500, No. 37, driven by Verley at speed through desert
GV Iveco driven by Anna Cambiaghi at speed on desert road
SPORT: MOTOR RALLYING
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Background: The Trans-African rally is a test of man and machine through ten thousand kilometres of one of the most barren and arid regions on earth. But in the heavy section, for trucks, women drivers won the top two placings. Anna Cambiaghi was first in an Iveco Unic and in a similar vehicle Marianne Hofpner was second.
SYNOPSIS: After weathering a sand storm, most of the Trans-African Rally competitors took time to shake the sand from their clothes and equipment. The cars, motorcycles and trucks frequently had to refuel at desert depots during their trek through one of the most isolated regions in the world. But the routine of the nomadic tribesmen was largely unaffected.
French film star Jean Louis Trintignant checks his tyres, the kind of attention to detail that helped a Range Rover driven by M. Sarazin, finish well with fifth place in one of the three Range Rovers to finish in the top five in their class.
Some contestants suffered from the shifting Saharan sands but seemingly in his element was Verley, who was first in his section on his Yamaha motorcycle. And this Iveco driven by Anna Gambiaghi won the section for trucks in one of the world's most gruelling rallies.