2004 Dakar Rally

The 26th running of the Dakar Rally event.

- 2004 Dakar Rally

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Dakar Rally

Annual rally raid organised by the Amaury Sport Organisation.

2018 rally in Peru
Rally Dakar 2016
Stéphane Peterhansel and Jean-Paul Cottret in an X-raid Mini ALL4 Racing during Rally Dakar 2013
Vladimir Chagin, "The Tsar of Dakar", is the most successful truck driver

By 2004, the entry list had increased to 595, up from 358 in 2001, with a record 688 competitors starting in 2005.

Nani Roma

Rally racing driver from Folgueroles, Barcelona, Spain.

Roma (right) with co-driver Michel Périn
Nani Roma testing the BRX Prodrive Hunter T1+ in October 2021

He won the Dakar Rally riding a motorcycle in 2004.

Vladimir Chagin

Russian rally raid driver.

Vladimir Chagin at the start of Transorientale 2008

He has won the Dakar Rally driving Kamaz trucks in 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2010 and 2011, becoming the most successful single category pilot in the history of the tournament earning him the nickname "The Tsar of Dakar".

Jean-Paul Cottret

French rally navigator, best known for his seven success in the Dakar Rally alongside Stéphane Peterhansel.

The Loire in Gien

Switching to the factory Mitsubishi team, the pair won the Dakar in 2004, 2005 and 2007 before adding a fourth success in 2012 at the wheel of an X-Raid prepared Mini.

Isabelle Patissier

French world champion rock climber and more recently a rally driver.

Patissier rally driving in Morocco in 2011
Patissier climbing in the Calanques area

Dakar Rally - competed 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 (3rd in 2WD, 16th in overall ranking) and 2012

Jean-Claude Olivier

French motorcycle racer and president of Yamaha Motor France S.A. from 1992 to 2010.

The Yamaha FZ750 Ténéré designed and raced by Olivier in the 1986 Dakar Rally.
Olivier's 1986 FZ750 Ténéré (right) next to Stéphane Peterhansel's winning motorcycles from 1991 (centre) and 1995 (left).

He was instrumental in convincing Yamaha to return to Dakar in 2004, when David Frétigné took three stage wins and placed 7th in the final classification.

DAF Trucks

Dutch truck manufacturing company and a division of Paccar.

DAF Truck type G1300DA325
Classic DAF 2600 cab over truck
DAF fire truck
A DAF YA-328 military truck
DAF YP-408 used by UNIFIL
DAF 600
DAF 33 Break
1975 DAF 44
DAF 46
DAF CF 85.510
DAF XF 105
Various DAF Trucks at the DAF Museum, Eindhoven
DAF CF 85 6×2 Tractor Unit

2004: DAF competed in the Dakar rally, powering six racelorrys. Jan en Gerard de Rooy, the team Tridec, The team Hans Bekx with two trucks and the GINAF Rally Power team (Note that four trucks were built by DAF, two by GINAF).

Marc Coma

Spanish rally racing motorcycle rider.

Coma running in the Dakar Rally 2010, near Copiapó.
Marc Coma's KTM 450 Rally

He finished third in four stages, but could finish no higher than 18th overall, and would retire from the rally in 2004 after suffering head injuries in a crash.

Giniel de Villiers

South African racing and rally driver, best known for winning the Dakar 2009.

Finishing fifth overall at first attempt alongside navigator Pascal Maimon, de Villiers took his first stage victory in 2004 on the way to seventh overall in the standings (this time alongside François Jordaan) and won two stages in 2005, ending fourth overall (alongside Jean-Marie Lurquin).