This Man Turned a Car Into a Motorbike to Escape the Desert

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In one of his many road trips to Morocco, Emile Leray (nicknamed the “Doctor of African Mechanics” by his friends) hit a roadblock literally. Well, actually it was a rock in the middle of the desert, but you get the idea. With his car’s front axel destroyed and a limited food supply, Leray faced an uncertain future. So what did he do? Engineered the ultimate DIY escape.

image credit: Emile Leray / Rex Features

His amazing escape from the barren terrain saw Mr Leray singlehandedly rebuild his Citreon into a makeshift motorbike, in a dramatic escape which has seen him dubbed the most ‘extreme’ mechanic in the world.

image credit: Emile Leray / Rex Features

To build the bike he shortened the car’s chassis before reattaching the axles and two of the wheels, as well as installing the engine and gearbox in the middle.The going was easy and he regularly fell off the seat, which was made from part of the car’s rear bumper.

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After a day of riding Emile was picked up by the Moroccan police who drove him to the nearest village.Emile’s extraordinary tale has only just come to light after appearing on the internet and quickly going viral.

Luckily, he had a small cache of supplies, water for several days and a few tools, including a hacksaw.After considering his options, Emile decided that his best course of action was to use parts from his car to create a makeshift motorbike.

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