I new this would be my last couple of months working in The Netherlands for Shell. I completed my 4 year assignment with the NAM in Assen and would be ready to move on.

In the summer of 1984 I booked myself a driving tour through Morocco. It was a Belgian organisation and the tour guide was inexperienced. Het did not even have a passport before the trip. Fortunately there was an other experienced traveler who worked for Exxon in Belgium. We were group of 12 people and had 4 Renault 4 cars to drive around with. Camping was done along the road and sometimes we were gusts in peoples homes. It was great to have the freedom to go where you want. We visited all the 4 “Kings Cities”, Marrakech, Fes, Meknes and Rabat. and drove up and over the Atlas. I planned to climb the Toubkal (4167 m) but unfortunately had trouble with my knies and came down the mountain on a donkey. What an embarrassment.  Across the mountains were drove into the Desert and visited some old coper/zink mines. We were als caught in a sandstorm and one of our cars had a serious accident. The drive had to be flown back for an operation.

I recently scanned all my negatives and made the attached slideshow. Morocco has modernised so much over the past 30+ years that it may be interesting to see these sides and compare them with your own impressions.


Morocco Driving through in a R4 in 1984

Rudy Welling

Assen 27/10/2017