The party finished with a flourish yesterday for the 119 teams of the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc.
setting - white tent, tasteful lighting, superbly set tables – and
beautiful women, turned out in their best attire for the occasion. It
was hard to recognize our Gazelles under all of that finery: long
dresses, high heels, jewels... Gazelles who, until yesterday, were
usually to be found in a helmet and a layer of dust.
Several performing artists set the festive mood. On stage, Natasha Saint Pier, André Manoukian, Lynda Thalie...
The competition was tough at this 19th edition of the Rallye Aïcha des
Gazelles. The competitors went all out to avoid earning penalties
and to limit the distance driven. Some were better at finding the checkpoints. Here are the final
This afternoon, the Gazelles had the privilege of attending a screening of the film of their adventure. A super production, 58 minutes long, full of passion, emotion, a concentration of highlights and madcap
moments. Throughout the entire Rallye, the teams were never out of the
sights of our six cameramen. The best and the worst, captured for
In the darkness of the room could be heard laughter,
bated breath, gasps. Cheers and applause broke out at the sight of a
being freed from a sandy situation. Live interviews in the heat of the
moment, sweat, tears... the Gazelles have never been so beautiful and
At 10:30 this morning, the Gazelles drove as Rallye participants for one last time. Several hundred metres across the sand - of the Essaouira beach, not in the desert – escorted by Moroccan cavalry with traditional arms and costumes. Once the Fantasia had passed, one by one the teams filed past the crowd of loved ones,
sponsors and curious passers by. An unusual convoy on the beach of
this Moroccan seaside resort. Seated on the hoods of their cars, hair flowing in the
wind, the Gazelles gave one last show: the best show of all, for those
who were unable to hold back their tears... tears that dried quickly in
the sun and the wind. No time for jokes, the group headed for the big
top for the official prize giving ceremony.
The image is magical, the ambiance inside the vehicles is electric. This morning the
Gazelles will write the last lines of their Moroccan story. A finish line that they will cross together on the beach in Essaouira in just a few moments, before the prize giving ceremony...