The Amsterdam-Dakar Challenge is an endurance rally that starts in Amsterdam and ends in Banjul, with a stopover in Dakar. The first edition of the annual race was held in 2004. As the name suggests, Amsterdam-Dakar was inspired by the famous, harsh desert trip Paris-Dakar, but without expensive cars, accompanying helicopters, or media circus.
The setup is simple: traverse the Sahara with an old car worth up to € 500 to end up in West Africa. Once there, the cars are auctioned and the participants donate the proceeds of their “barrel” to a local charity. The rally is not a competition and therefore there is no final result. The only prize a team can win is the highest possible amount for charity.
The team consists of father and son Glenn and Gevan Verweij. Glenn rode the Challenge once in 2007.
This time the ‘barrel’ is a Volvo 470 that will be prepared for the journey in the coming months.
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