Senegal Forbids Cheap Cars

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Have you ever wanted to race from the UK to Africa in a beat-up old car costing less than $200? Then the Plymouth-Dakar Challenge is the race for you! But watch out when you get to Senegal:

Senegal is now upholding laws that prohibit the import of cars more than 5 years old. This is a bit difficult for us as we need to cross Senegal to gain entry to The Gambia. Last year we made attempts to get official approval from Senegal to allow the PDC to pass through. It would be difficult to claim that those attempts were entirely successful, but with the persistence of Sad Steve and Andy Pag on the ground in Senegal all Groups were allowed to pass through... allbeit under the watchful eyes of the Senegalese Customs who insisted that the drivers paid an official to join them in the convoy to make sure no-one sold any cars! We are hoping to gain further assistance from the Senegal Natonal Olympic Committee this year to try to make the crossing of Senegal a little easier. If you ARE able to buy a car under 5 years old for £100, then you'll find Senegal much easier. If you cannot manage this, then you just need to be aware that Senegal is not going to be all that welcoming, but you should (eventually) be allowed through. There are NO GUARANTEES, however, and you might find yourself driving back home!

You'd better watch out when you get to The Gambia too, as they authorities there forbid right-hand drive cars.

Hat tip to Autoblog, and make sure you check your route map.

By the way, this journal by one set of participants is a riot.

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The ban on right hand drive cars was a protectionist defense against the primary import source, Great Britain. Another hold British colony, I think it was Kenya, required a certain percentage local content in cars, which resulted in Peugeot engined Rileys being among the commonest thing on the roads.

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