Last year, Martin Europe sponsored a car in the 4L Trophy 2013 competition.
Established in 1997, 4L Trophy is a humanitarian road rally for students. The goal is to drive Renault 4 cars across the Moroccan desert to provide children with school supplies.
Teams leave from Paris and Bordeaux in the direction of Algeciras then sail to Morocco, driving through France and Spain along the way, covering approximately 6000 km.
2013 was the 16th year for the competition and drew thousands of participants. During the race, the participants delivered nearly 80 ton of school supplies to Morocco. These supplies are then given to the Moroccan League for the Protection of Children in Fez as well as distributed to schools along the route.
During the race, teams participate in different challenges along the way. The teams must rely only on their Road Book, map of Morocco and a compass. Winning the challenges is based on the teams' ability to drive in the desert and reach the various checkpoints. The goal is not to be the fastest team but to reach the meeting point driving as few kilometers as possible.
Driving in the desert can be very challenging. Not only are there no roads, but there are "oued" in Arab which means sand sea in English. These "oued" require advanced driving skills to handle them without trouble. Additionally, visibility is in the desert is difficult because of sand raised by other cars.
The race finished in Marrakech with a closing ceremony.