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Thierry Sabine

Thierry Sabine French racing driver

French racing driver
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro French racing driver
Was Pilot Aviator Rally driver Motorcycle racer Helicopter pilot
From France
Type Military Sports
Gender male
Birth 13 June 1949, Neuilly-sur-Seine
Death 14 January 1986, Gourma-Rharous (aged 36 years)
Star sign GeminiGemini
Thierry Sabine
The details

Thierry Sabine (13 June 1949, Neuilly-sur-Seine – 14 January 1986, Mali) was a French wrangler, motorcycle racer, and founder and main organizer of Paris Dakar.
In 1977 he got lost in the Tenere Desert during the Abidjan-Nice Race and realised that the desert would be a good location for a regular rally where amateurs could test their ability. In December 1977 he organised a race from Paris to Dakar, and devoted the rest of his life to its organization.
Sabine was killed when his Ecureuil helicopter crashed into a dune at Mali during a sudden sand-storm at 07:30 p.m. on Tuesday 14 January 1986. Also killed onboard was the singer-songwriter Daniel Balavoine, helicopter pilot François-Xavier Bagnoud, journalist Nathalie Odent and Jean-Paul Lefur who was a radiophonic engineer for RTL. Sabine's ashes were spread at the Lost Tree in Niger, which the rally thereafter described as the "Arbre Thierry Sabine".
He was featured in the movie A Man and a Woman: 20 Years Later that came out in 1986.

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