In 2013 we competed in the Rallye Aicha des Gazelles in an Isuzu D-Max. Here navigator Sabrina is taking a heading. Navigators must exit the truck to take accurate headings, as any nearby metal will alter the compass reading.
A moment that Sabrina and I will remember forever. We were digging out of some camel grass when this girl came out of the desert like a vision. I have no idea where she came from or how she got to us. We didn't have a common language, but we gave her some food and water and she allowed us to take this photo of her.
At the end of a long day, teams return to the bivouac where they can grab a hot shower and meal. Friends and family members can email their Gazelles and there are a few computers for competitors to use.
Our truck in 2014 was also an Isuzu D-Max. It's too bad these trucks are not available in the US, as it was a good little rig. The four-cylinder turbo diesel had great torque and the lighter weight made it a natural in the dunes.