Organizers of the Dakar Rally will welcome back some of the race’s iconic vehicles for this year’s event after creating a new class for vehicles that competed in the rally before 2000. Replicas of vehicles that competed before 2000 will also be eligible.
“The 1980s and 1990s, the formative years of the Dakar, are often remembered for their vehicles,” organizers said in a statement announcing the new class. “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.”
Vehicles competing in the Dakar Classic will race on a route that runs parallel to that of the present day vehicles, starting and ending at the same points.
The 2021 Dakar Rally will be held Jan. 3-15 in Saudi Arabia.
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