1930 Sahara Rally
Algiers (Algeria) – Gao (Nigeria)
The Sahara Rally took place in 1930 for the Centennial of Algeria. It was a difficult race – close to 7000 km of desert trails, linking Algiers to Gao, on the banks of the Niger river, and on to Tunis. It was truly a “Paris Dakar before its time”.
Four participants drove 14 hp Cottin-Desgouttes Sans-Secousse:
- 6 cylinder 2.6 liter engines with 12 valves.
- Independent wheels
The race was won by a Cottin & Desgouttes, in front of the most prestigious makers of the time: Bugatti, Chenard, Citroën, Delage, Ford, Hotchkiss and Renault.
See also the Competitions page.
Video of the Cottin & Desgouttes Team
Pictures of the race
Article published in L’Illustration on 6 March 1930
Open the pdf file
See the page dedicated to this race on the web site of the Fondation de l’Automobile Marius Berliet.