Team 10

This is Karen and Firas Ali, an anglo-iraki couple, living in London.

Firas came to the UK from Baghdad in 1978 to do his postgraduate computer science studies. He had a varying career path that took him to many location in the UK and the USA and now he is mainly involved in the property development business but when he’s not busy, he spends a lot of time playing tennis and developing his musicianship playing various musical instruments and attending concerts in London. He is a qualified private pilot and scuba diver, and expecting to feed his sense of adventure further by taking part in this rally.

Team 11, Sahara Clarets

This is Andrew Bateson

Business owner – Rossendale Plastics . plastic fabricators.

Live in Lancaster , Wife louise and  Daughter  Faye.

Been involved in Motor Sport all my life , originally with Clitheroe and District MC, and now a active member of Kirkby Lonsdale MC

To start with night rallies ,Marshalling ,organising and competing.

More recently Part of Barbon Hill Climb organising committee.

This is Mark Schofield, Business Consultant

Live in Rossendale  with wife Deborah
Started Marshalling and watching night rallies with my father in 80s , CLMC member in the past. Still Marshal and watch through out the year.
We became freinds at school and have been jointly involved in Supporting our local Football Club Burnley , hence the Sahara Clarets team name.
Together we have competed in night rallies and a few stage rallies. nothing in recent years .
We saw this adventure late last year and are looking forward to exploring a new land combining it with our passion for Motor sport.
This type of event is completely new to us and  im sure will teach us new skills and off road driving is always an adventure.

Team 12

This is Jennifer Brown, an American from Boston.

Jennifer first visited Morocco in fall 2017 as a member of an American TV crew. Once she learned about the Rally Marrakech Sahara, she knew she must participate — and hopefully find a way to improve her terrible sense of direction.

My name is Masuyo, I am Japanese, however I split my year between Japan and London.
Collecting Japanese antiques is one of my passions, and I used to have a Japanese antique shop, which turned into a Japanese restaurant (combing my love of food and antiques) as owner and chef.
In semi-retirement I have found again, my love for travelling and have recently spent some time exploring Italy. Morocco was always on top of the list of countries to visit, and when I heard about the opportunity to not only visit the country but rally (driving is something I love to do) it was an experience I simply could not miss! I am very much looking forward to this exciting trip!

Team 18,

Kerry Buck 

Kerry Buck is a freelance DP – Director of Photography in Tampa Florida. He has had his own production company for the past 25 years and is a proud father of three boys. Has traveled to almost every continent, both personally and for work. He works on various productions, which include documentaries, commercials, and WWE – World Wide Wrestling

Lori Gomez

Lori Gomez

I’m a Television Director in Los Angeles for House Hunters, a program produced by the Home and Garden Television (HGTV) Network in the United States. I was also on the International House Hunters for three years and was able to make it to Morocco for previous trips. I’ve been on lots of trains and helicopters, which includes Heli-hiking in Canada, and on a private train in Mexico through the Sierra Madres. Several years back I was lucky enough to take a year off and backpack through 26 different countries – including the taking the Trans-Siberian rail through Russia and five-week camping trip through East Africa. Unfortunately, I still have a tendency to over pack

Team 14, Team Riad Star

Mike Wood

Mike Wood

Mike Wood is Co-Owner with his wife Lucie of a company named Marrakech Riad which has four boutique hotels in the old town of Marrakech, including Riad Riad formerly the Moroccan home of superstar Josephine Baker. He is also the author of the “Marrakech Riad Travel Guide”, the leading smartphone App for visitors to Marrakech which had 30,000 downloads last year. 
 Mike says he is not competitive but is intrigued at the prospect of competing in a rally. He is a Leicester City season ticket holder and hopes to finish ahead of Burnley
Bob Tattar

Bob Tattar

Bob is a Finance/Commercial Director with substantial experience in commercial and residential real estate.  Having spent the last 3 years as the Chief Operating Officer of Priors Hall Park, a 1,000 acre residential development in Corby, he has just returned to London and taken up an appointment as Chief Finance Officer at Martin’s Properties in London.

Bob loves toys, he has an air cooled Porsche in his garage as well as a Vespa and a number of bikes.  He is a keen runner, cyclist and triathlete.  Navigation, however, is not one of his strong points

Team 15

Valeriane Cariou

Valeriane Cariou

Valeriane is a scientist (human genetics) but after years in China and years in medical communication, shes changed her mind and decided to go back to the University for a Master in Children’s literature. Today, she is writing in science (magazines) and send ideas for children’s lit editors. She is also involved in a research in Roehampton University.

Nathalie Plicot

Nathalie Plicot

Nathalie is a documentary movie director.  In 1990, she created her own website creation company and hired up to 15 employees. The profits were used to develop the 1st regional Web TV. In 2000, attracted by audiovisual production, she trained at INA. She makes movies and film editing, especially for television documentaries.
In 2003, she embarked on the production of 26 ‘documentary films proposed by France 5 as part of the “Une maison, un artiste” collection.
In 2016, she decided to co-direct a 52 ‘on Jérôme Bosch for the 500th anniversary of his death.

Team 16, Team Ramal

”Mark Brewer spent 35 years working in the global staffing sector before moving into a non executive role in 2016. He lives in Chiswick, West London, is married to Adrianne and has three sons (17,19 and 21). Mark is a devoted Rugby supporter (Richmond and England) and a very average but enthusiastic golfer.’’

Jonathan Carter Meggs spent 25 years in finance as an investment professional for an international bank before becoming independent in 2008. Married with two grown up daughters, he lives in the SE of the UK when he isn’t trekking around the globe or playing golf.

Team 17, the Wimbledon Wanderers

Martin Dyer

I’ve spent 22 years in the financial sector before deciding to pursue my interest in travel 17 years ago. I live in Wimbledon and have three grown up children.
Interests : tennis,skiing,food,friends,fun

Giles Rothwell

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