Africa is an amazing continent such that some events can’t happen unnoticed! In this case, some motor events in Africa have in the past attracted the attention of staunch auto fans and by extension, will continue attracting huge interest in the world. Important to note is the fact that every one of these events is organized with a specific theme in mind.
Tracing the Nile … top Gear
Involving Hammond, Clarkson and May, the popularity of the event could be traced to the fact these 3 men do not believe that anyone has really found the actual source of the Nile River. They therefore set out to discover and perhaps unravel the actual source of this African river, also the longest river in the world! Equally, the fact that they ought from the internet and used their 1500-pound estate cars to help them in their adventure was a mark of interest more especially to staunch car fans in Africa and the world over.
The Amaury Sport Organization organized the annual Dakar Rally back in 1978. However, the event’s popularity started growing from the year 2009. The off road completion usually attracts both armatures and professionals alike. The vehicles used are truly off road vehicles useful more especially in the off road sections, mud sections, rocks and sand dunes. The quality of the vehicles enables them to survive the often, tough environment. The competitors often cover short distances ranging between 800 and 900 kilometers in each stage of the competition. Though it does not happen in Africa any more, it started here. Currently, it takes place in South America.
Durban Motor show
Just as the Rhino Charge of Kenya has struck headlines, the Durban Motor show of South Africa is even more popular. The slight difference between the two events, however is that the Durban Motor show majorly provides an environment of a 3-day live entertainment to the attendees of the event.
While not a motor event, the Sahara Race has gained popularity among Africans, especially with people from Southern Morocco. Participants of this annual event have remarked that the Sahara Race is one of the toughest 250-kilometer car race anyone could ever participate in. The desert environment could be a major contributor to such an experience.
Having been started with the aim of raising charity money for Rhino Ark, the Rhino Charge has grown in popularity in Kenya since its inception. The organization of this annual motor event targets to raise money, which is donated to help in the conservation of the African rhinoceros, a creature endangered by the hunt for its horn. The Rhino Charge usually attracts competitors who use 1:50000 scale maps in engaging in grueling cross-country course with their off-road vehicles. As popular as the rhino charge event is in Kenya, it is important to note that entry is limited to about 60 vehicles. The reasoning behind this entry limit is to mitigate environmental damage associated with the event.