A FAMILY rally team from Lower Cumberworth are hoping for success in a 6,000 mile cross-continental race.
Paul Round, 47, and his son Mark, 28, will be running the Rally Raid UK team in this year's Dakar Rally.
The 6,000 mile event starts in Lisbon on New Year's Eve.
It will be a seventh attempt at the gruelling rally for the father and son team.
During the three week race cars, bikes and trucks will travel through Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Mauritania, Mali, Guinea and Senegal in an effort to be quickest to the port of Dakar on Africa's west coast.
Paul, who was a navigator in last year's rally, said this year his team, with five cars, nine motorbikes and one truck as well as four support vehicles, was the biggest non-manufacturer team in the competition.
He added: "I've built nine cars and put five in the team and sold the rest to people doing the rally independently.
"The cars are specially designed off-road vehicles.
"They have the diesel engine of a BMW X5 and lightweight steel frame.
"They have long suspension travel, extra cooling and long range fuel tanks."
Mr Round said after every rally he was able to write down new specifications or make changes to the design.
He added: "The machines will be very well adapted and should do very well - except for the people who crash.
"And there's not much you can do about that."
Mr Round, who retired from business after selling his motor company, said the vehicles would travel between 70 and 80mph on the dirt tracks but could get up to speeds of around 100mph.
Paul and Mark will leave on Boxing Day and will have with them team of 56 crew.
Mr Round said: "It is a massive event.
"The organisers use aeroplanes and helicopters to keep track of everything and they have 20 4x4s for medical use.
"It is an absolutely phenomenal scale of things.
"We will follow the rally round and will be working into the night with spares and making sure everything works.
"Despite the fact we are off to Portugal and Morocco it's not a holiday - it's a lot of hard work."
Previously the rally has started in Paris but the organsiers have switched this year's event to Portugal.