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 Team 'Delft Dustbusters'

Michiel van der Meulen, Mark Hoekstra, Steven Quaak & Egbert Pot

The Amsterdam-Dakar Challenge is similar to the Plymouth-Banjul Challenge, and like it, actually ends in Banjul rather than Dakar! There were several teams taking part in both Challenges who decided to help Pageant. For more information see our 2005/6 Challenge Page.

The cost of Amsterdam-Dakar Challenge cars must not exceed 500 Euros, and extra tuning can cost no more than 150 Euros. At the end of the challenge, each car must be donated to a Gambian 'good cause'. The Delft Dustbusters - Michiel van der Meulen, Mark Hoekstra, Steven Quaak and Egbert Pot - were all aerospace engineering students at Delft University in the Netherlands. They were in Group 1, and left Amsterdam on 5 November 2005. The official route was from the Spanish enclave of Ceuta, on the south side of the Straits of Gibraltar, through Morocco, Mauritania and Senegal to Banjul in The Gambia.. Obviously the teams had to drive through Belgium, France and Spain first, a challenge in itself!

The Dustbusters had acquired a 14 years old Renault Trafic van, with a 2.1 litre diesel engine. After seeing the Pageant website, Michiel and his friends decided to donate their van to Pageant at the end of the challenge. However, there was a change of plan!

The Delft Dustbusters with their Renault Trafic van. Picture taken from

The Volvo 740 replacement car. Picture taken from

the Renault Trafic van

the Volvo

Many vehicles fail to make it to Banjul, but Team Dustbusters' Renault Trafic van failed to make it to the start! The garage where the van was being prepared, declared it a total loss, and the team had to look for an alternative vehicle.

They found a new car for just 175 Euros, with literally days to go. This was a Volvo 740 saloon with a 2.3 litre injection engine. It had heated seats, electric windows, but with failing air conditioning.

(all pictures on this page have been taken from the Dustbusters website)

The Volvo in the desert. Picture taken from

the Volvo in the desert

They reached Banjul on 24 November 2005. On their return to the Netherlands, they made a donation of 1500 Euros to Pageant.

More Delft Dustbusters Information

Amsterdam-Dakar website for general information.
Dustbusters website - (click on the Union Flag for the English version)
    pictures - Photos taken during the journey.
    daily news - Day-by-day news in Dutch. (try Babelfish translator to turn it into English)

See our
2005/6 Challenge Page for more information about other teams who took part in the Plymouth-Banjul 2006 and Amsterdam-Dakar 2005 Challenges.


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