The Paris to Dakar rally ended on Wednesday (20 January).
GV PAN Motorcycle rallyists ride on beach in final stage of rally (2 shots)
GV PAN Motorcyclist rides on beach
GV Motorcycle and sidecar on beach
GV PAN Cars driven on beach in final section of rally
GV PAN Vehicle on beach swerves and skids to avoid incoming wave
GVs Cars driven along beach (2 shots)
TV Cars and motorcycles in parade through Dakar streets
GV ZOOM IN SV Winner of motorcycle section Cyril Neveu sprays champagne
TV & SV Winners car section, Claude and Bernard Marreau, celebrating on top of car
SPORT: MOTOR RALLYING
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Background: The Paris to Dakar rally ended on Wednesday (20 January). The rally took a heavy toll. A Dutch motorcyclist and a woman journalist were killed, and Mark Thatcher, son of the British Prime Minister, abandoned the rally after going missing for six days in the Sahara. Of the 390 vehicles that began the rally, only 133 undertook the final section through the Senagelese capital, Dakar. The rally was open to any kind of vehicle and drivers from any country, although France produced the largest number of entrants. The 10,000 kilometre (6,250 mile) route ran through France, Algeria, Mali, Upper Volta and Senegal. It ran through desert, scrub, jungle, and finally, along beaches. First in the motorcycle section was Cyril Neveu, aged 25, of France, riding a Honda 550 XR. He had also won the previous two years. Second was Phillipe Vassard, of France, on a Honda 550 XR, and third was Gregoire Verhaeghe, of France, in a Barigo. In the car section, France brothers Claude and Bernard Marreau were first in a Renault R20 Turbo; second were Jean-Claude Briacoine and Andre Dellaire of France, in a Lada Niva Proto; third were Jean-Pierre Jassaud and Michel Briere, of France, in a Mercedes 280 GE. Retired Formula One racer Jacky Ickx was fifth.