On board, two army crews from French civil security units.
One of them was forced to pull out while the other, driven by Captain Villette, Adjutant Gabrelle and Adjutant Voillereau, won the race by a good margin although they were constantly stopping to help other competitors in difficulty. Out of the 250 vehicles that began the race, including 162 4-wheel drives, only 44 crossed the finishing line.
The VLRAs performed remarkably well, with only one puncture and one radiator leak. For ACMAT, it was a convincing way to demonstrate the vehicle’s excellent resistance.
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Video of the first Paris Dakar rally in 1978 : Dakar (2008, 20 decembre), Paris-Dakar acte 1 [on-line video], available on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFGuXtZ4QgM
Image source : Site Acmat St Nazaire