Conti 4X4 Trophy Morocco: A trip filled with adventure, in Hummer cars equipped with General tyres by Continental
Continental has organised an intriguing adventure set deep in the desert of Morocco, called Conti 4X4 Trophy Morocco. Participants included a number of desert driving enthusiasts who are Continental customers from across the world. The event took place over six days, from 26 September until 1 October, 2012.
Also Jordanian participants from the Jordan Ladies Rally Team, Nancy Al-Majali and Nadia Shnoudeh, took part in this event after their last year participation in the Qatar International Rally in which they won the ladies Cup. They also participated in the fourth round of the world championship as well as the third round of the FIA Middle East Rally Championship. Nancy Al-Majali said that she was really excited about her participation in this enthusiastic world experience and enjoyed discovering the beauty of driving on mountainous terrain, paved roads and deserts; it’s an adventure that will definitely enrich her driving experiences and expertise in the world of rallying. Al-Majali and her colleague Nadia Shenouda were delighted to meet with the desert driving enthusiasts and to show the driving professional capabilities of Arab Women.
Emmanuel Claes, Managing Director of Driving Experience Sarl and organizer of the Conti 4X4 Trophy Morocco explained that the event was neither a race nor a rally, but an immensely enjoyable desert adventure. “The driving experience certainly presented a real test to the participants as they faced multiple challenges, but with all the guarantees of safety and security,” he stated. The Conti 4X4 Trophy Morocco has been held every year since 2007, with more than 1,500 participants to date, including Continental customers and distributors from Ireland, Belgium, Spain, Greece, Germany, France, Switzerland and the UK.
Participants set-off from Ouarzazate in powerful Hummer four-wheel drive cars equipped with General tyres, one of Continental’s leading brands. Lamiaa Farrag, the Marketing Communication Manager of the Middle East and North Africa at Continental explained that Conti 4X4 Trophy Morocco is a unique event that allowed participants to familiarize themselves with the nature of the desert. “Desert villages and towns have a simple and unique way of life, and they have remained faithful to their heritage for hundreds of years. Besides this unique experience, this desert-driving trip allowed participants to assess their own driving skills and demonstrate their talent in different environments, diverse terrains and real challenges”. Farrag emphasized that the Conti 4×4 Trophy Morocco experience was unparalleled and said that “Continental was pleased to offer this unique opportunity to its customers and distributors from around the world”.
The General Tyre Grabber AT2 is recognised as a strong tyre to drive through difficult environments. Originally designed to face the most difficult off-road conditions, it is characterised by its endurance ability and ground stability. “The driver is given the power to choose whether to drive in the desert, on mountainous terrain or paved roads. The tread design is new and innovative and enhances stability in an unprecedented way. The tyre has a longer life expectancy, the ability to self-clean its surface and does not make noise,” explained the Regional Sales Manager of Middle East and North Africa, Martin Buday.
The 2012 event began at Ouarzazate, located 200 kilometers south west of Marrakech. Located deep in the desert, Ouarzazate was founded in 1920 and takes its name from the calmness that surrounds the heart of the desert. (In the local Amazigh dialect, it means without noise.) Each team began three minutes after the previous team, in Hummer cars equipped with the Tripy GPS device, a tracking system adopted in the Dakar Rally.
On the second day, participants followed National Route 9 in the direction of Marrakech, gradually climbing up the high Atlas range. Claes elaborated the route further: “When participants arrived at Agelmous, they took a right turn into the valley towards Telouet. The desert in this region surrounds the majestic Atlas Mountains, and participants experimented driving on varied terrain from mountains and valleys to flowing rivers, forests and fragile rocks composed over millions of years”.
Claes said that on the third day, participants continued their adventure on the track towards Fint. “On this track, they drove across an oasis which springs up in a hollow in the basalt rock, and through magnificent scenes of flowing rivers, small hills and high mountains.” Later, participants went down another track called Tizgui Oasis, located amid the mountains, onwards to Agdz for lunch and rested on the route linking Marrakech and Timbuktu. After driving on the rugged mountainous terrain for several kilometres, the journey reached Ben Zouli.
On the fourth day, the trip headed to M’Hamid through a rolling track called the Airport Track, and then participants arrived at the peaceful village of Ouled Brahim. After driving through the valley for 20 kilometres is Tamegroute, in the centre Draa wadi. After enjoying the amazing village, participants drove over the Draa wadi bridge and crossed the Tizi Beni Selmane Mountain.
The fifth day’s first track is known as Iriqui, and started off on soft sand dunes before reaching the dry lake of Iriqui. The second track of the day was the unforgettable Black Stones which marked the end of the off-road section of the trip. Saving the best of last, the tour headed back towards the city of Ouarzazate where – buoyed by photographs and unforgettable memories of a unique trip – participants can write personal endings to their desert stories.
- Nancy Al-Majali, Nadia Shnoudeh, Lamiaa Farrag, Martin Buday
- Rugged mountainous terrains on the adventure’s first day.
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