Emile Leray

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Emile Leray
BornSeptember 11, 1949
Known forBuilding a motorcycle in the Moroccan Desert

Emile Leray (born September 11, 1949) is a French electrician who is most noteworthy for transforming a car into a motorcycle whilst stranded in the Moroccan Desert.


Leray built a desert motorcycle out of the parts of a broken-down Citroën 2CV in 1993, while on a solo trip in Morocco. His car broke down in the middle of the Sahara when he accidentally hit a rock which damaged his car's chassis. He was stranded twenty miles from the nearest settlement, with only enough food and water to last ten days.[1] To survive, Leray created a motorcycle out of parts of his broken-down car twelve days later. When the police finally caught up with him, a heavy fine was levied against him because the registration did not match the vehicle.


  1. ^ "PHOTOS: Man escapes African desert DOOM, turns wrecked car into DIY motorcycle". New York Daily News. Archived from the original on 22 July 2020.

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