Revived as a historic event in 2010 by the Corsican driver Yves Loubet and “Le Grand Maghreb” motor sports club, the 12th edition of this rally, once a round of the World Rally Championship, in 1973 when Alpine was crowned World Champion of manufacturers, then in 1975 and 1976 with victories for the Peugeot 504s of Hannu Mikkola/Jean Todt and Jean-Pierre Nicolas/Michel Gamet respectively, the Maroc Historic Rally attracts a line-up of loyal drivers who have become a group of friends over the years. Drivers like Alain Deveza, Frédéric Rosati, Franck Servais, Jean-Jacques Julien, Luisa Zumelli, Maurizio Elia, Hervé and Arnaud Mahéo come for the camaraderie and the fun.
On the 2023 program were 1607kms including 380kms divided into 25 timed sections, run over 17 different stages in six legs from 8-14 May. It’s a demanding rally with all the ingredients that the crews are looking for with a single motto “pleasure and conviviality”.
Initially, there were 14 Porsche 911s, 14 Ford Escort MK2s, 3 Peugeot 504s, 1 Nissan 240 RS, 1 Ford Sierra, 1 Mazda RX7, 1 Toyota Celica, 1 Fiat 131 Abarth, 1 Peugeot 309, 1 Mercedes 350, 1 Opel Ascona, 1 Opel Manta, 1 Peugeot 505 and 1 Lancia Beta Coupé.
To read Frédéric Lombard’s Report, see our June 2023 issue….
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