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Piste driving in Morocco with Renault 19

In case you were wondering just how prepared (and wealthy) you NEED to be to drive around Morocco I've done a page with my experiences of driving a Renault 19 on the pistes. Plus some mention of riding a Hornet there for the die hard bikers ;-)

www.podiatrypages.co.uk/moroc/index.html

There are quite a few pictures of typical piste surfaces as that was something i couldn't get before i went. Look at the movie files too, practically fetish video for Renault haters. Worth a laugh!

Tell me if I've missed any important info and I'll add what i can.

Cheers to all for the advice I've received through this board over time. Hope these pages help someone else.

Neil


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Message for Chris Scott

Didn't before realise you were actually the moderator here! You get a wee mention in my 2WD piste driving write up. Do you agree with my findings after going 2WD yourself?

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Well if you mean did we deliberaterly set out to drive in sand, not really but it was educational when we did.
We just went piste touring around Mk like you but on the way to Erg Chebbi lost the track in windy conditions and ended up on low dunes and stuck. Like you say, Morocco is mostly rocky and good fun in an old banger.

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(I hear the write up is in the current issue of Total Off Road mag, but I have not seen it yet.)

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Cheers Chris. Never lost, only touring! Actually now you mention it, it was in the mag that i saw it not the web. Looked like fun. There were pictures of normal pistes but the sand pictures stood out the most. I expect the Merc stood up better than our Renault on the pistes but it's impressive what a normal car can do and mostly survive :-)
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That is one shed of a car, good skills!!
enjoyed the vid clips as well, good website

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HI PEPES
ME N MY MATE CARL DID A GOOD PISTE IN FEB THIS YEAR.IT RUNS FROM AIT-MEHAMMED NEAR AZILAL VIA JBELA ZOURKI,TIZI-N-LLISSI AND PASSING LA CATHEDRALE DE ROCHES THEN DOWN TO THE BARRAGE.THE PISTE PASSES OVER SNOW FIELDS AND VERY WILD FORRESTED HILLS.WE TOOK AN IVECO SEVEN TON VAN AND MY 110.I ENDED UP TOWING THE VAN WITH THE LANDY FOR THE LAST 20K AFTER A ROCK BUST THE COOLING FAN.MAD OR WOT?
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Hi Andy and Rattski

Yeah i love to hear of these nuty trips! Plymouth to Dakar in a £100 banger I saw something about this years Cannonball run on the box the other day and the feds were all over it. Just a bunch of rich posers out for a sunday drive. No fun there.

As i was getting on the ferry in Tangier i saw a couple of guys getting off with 50cc scooters, one with a trailer, think they were heading to Dakar. ROFL! Thats more like it!! A friend of a friend went from UK to Syria on a Honda C90 once, said he should have taken a C70, something to do with less electrics, can't remember what. And there was a guy on here i think who's been to south africa from europe and back a few times on a SR250 (crappy commuter/learner road bike), frame kept snapping, welded it up and carried on! We'd have been travelling by donkey a hundred years ago so it's not so mad really and you certainly get more respect in poorer countries if you turn up on/in something cheap. Its the way to go!

And yeah that Tizi-Illissi is HIGH man! what you doing up there with a 7 ton truck

CU there next time!

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Video on Google vids

I stuck some video clips shot on a digital stills camera together, in the order i took them, added some music and I'm well chuffed with the result. I really gotta go back there now!! I hope it inspires!

http://video.google.co.uk/videoplay?...20025&hl=en-GB
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That's one hardy car, very good footage, enjoyed.
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