Dakar: Day five "My Dakar" quotes

MY DAKAR Everyday feelings of those who are not specially famous but who dare the challenge and give a dream for those who stay behind... Benoit Juif (Peugeot) n.321 - "Our relationship is excellent. Especially because we only knew each other...

MY DAKAR
Everyday feelings of those who are not specially famous but who dare the challenge and give a dream for those who stay behind...

Benoit Juif (Peugeot) n.321 - "Our relationship is excellent. Especially because we only knew each other recently. We've learnt to know each other little by little. I'm a pretty calm person and so is Francois. There won't be any yelling in the car. Added to that, it's my first experience on the Dakar. I have some knowledge of racing because I did a few road rallies. Francois brought me the possiblity of doing the Dakar. It's already fabulous because thousands would like to do it. He will now bring me the possiblity of discovering Africa. We're going to live some great moments together.

Francois Jacquot (Peugeot) n.321 - "We wanted the vehicle to look like a Peugeot 404. Last year we had already done the same thing but unfortunately, we had had problems in the first special forcing us to withdraw. But seeing the enthousiasm and chearing of the crowd in Arras, it gave us the will to start again. We're here and hope to go as far as possible. Serious things will start when we get to Tunisia. Our only goal is to make it to Sharm El Sheikh. The atmosphere is great and we meet a lot of celebrities from the sporting world. On the Dakar there is actually no difference with privateers like us. Back in 1980 I met someone who wanted to do the Dakar with a Peugeot 404. But finally I started a business. The idea was to use a 404 vehicle with the V6 engine of a 604. I bought the car but never went on the rally. Years went past and two years ago, with my brother we built a car and he took me to the race. To come on the Dakar with a Toyota is already something quite special but it doesn't have the same impact. A journalist friend of mine told me to go with an original angle. The next day I had the idea of the 404 due to the fact that the car is still well present in Africa. Such a choice was pretty judicious because everyone remembers us: the organisation, the competitors and the fans. Some years ago I had had the idea of an even more legendary car but finally I have no regrets because it reminds us of a lot of things, especially the 60s. Today, every grandfather or father has had a 404 in the family.

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