In early 2021, the Porsche 959 and the Lada Niva will have at least one thing in common: They’ll both be eligible to participate in the Dakar Rally after a long hiatus. Neither will realistically be able to beat the racers that will be built specifically for the 2021 event, so the organizers created a Classic category that’s open to cars and trucks.
Contrary to what its name suggests, the Dakar Rally hasn’t been held in Africa since it was canceled in 2008 over terrorism-related fears. It was held in South America in the 2010s, and it moved to Saudi Arabia in 2020. That’s where older racers will be given the opportunity to show what they’re capable of after decades of hibernation. Although the organizers haven’t published a list of eligible vehicles, they noted the Classic category is open to