To meet this challenge, the organisers looked for sponsors and meticulously prepared their expedition, which would open a new route to the Northern Sahel, marking it with beacons erected in the open desert.
A SAVIEM truck used on the expedition.
SAVIEM provided them with first-class equipment: seven SAVIEM all-terrain trucks, five TP3 trucks and two SM8 trucks, all specialising in a particular field. Total supplied the fuel; Panzani, the food; Thomson CSF the radio links; the French National Geographic Institute (IGN), a navigator, etc… The team comprised twelve men between the ages of 23 and 65 years, each of them a specialist in a particular field and a truck driver. Following a reception at the Town Hall of Paris on 15 December 1976, the team left the French capital for twelve weeks of adventure, broadcasting on RFI once a week.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION…
Book : Christian Galissian, Croisière des sables (Sand cruise), Arthaud, 1977