Frenchman built a motorbike by hand to escape a desert in Africa

A recent viral news story is circulating this week surrounding a French Electrician by the name Emile Leray, who built a motorbike in a bid to survive being stranded in an Africa desert in Morocco.

Incredibly, this incredible story took place more than 20 years ago yet despite only reaching the attention of the media this week. Emile had crashed his car in a barren part of the Moroccan desert leaving him entirely stranded.

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Emile Leray motorbike was made entirely from the remnants of his crashed Citroen car and he saw it as the only means to escape a cruel and harsh desert terrain.Now deemed the most extreme mechanic on the planet, Emile was 43 years old when he crashed the car during a roadtrip across the desert in Morocco.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Alastair Miller / Rex Features (1782315e) Emile Leray poses in the garden of his home in Brittany, France with the motobike he built using parts from his Citroen 2CV car Man builds working motorcycle out of car parts after getting stranded in the desert in Morocco, North Africa - 18 Jun 2012 *Full story: http://www.rexfeatures.com/nanolink/h5nt A Frenchman has found fame 20 years after pulling off a remarkable escape from the Moroccan desert - by building a motorcycle using parts from his crashed car. In 1993 Emile Leray, then a 43-year-old retired electrician, decided to drive his Citroen 2CV from the Moroccan city of Tan Ta across the desert. However, after going off road Emile crashed his car and was left stranded in the desert 20 miles from the nearest village with only a small cache of supplies. Deciding that he wouldn't make it on foot, Emile decided to build a makeshift motorbike using parts from his now undrivable car. 12 days alter it was complete and Emile, with just half-a-litre of water left, started his ride back to civilisation. After a day of riding he 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.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Alastair Miller / Rex Features

Emile Leray motorbike was built entirely by hand having crashed his car off road and knowing that it would be more dangerous to walk out of the desert or wait to be found.

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Emile had enough food and water for approximately 10 days and after thinking about his options and the obstacles each idea would pose, he decided to use his mechanical skills to build a motorbike from the remnants of the crashed car.

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He used the vehicles body to deflect the sandstorms and built the bike beneath the sun and the stars in just his tshirt and shorts. It took 12 days to build the bike and he rode out of the desert on his last liter of water.

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Local police found Emile after one day riding and brought him to the nearest village where they also handed hi a huge fine for the fact that his vehicle registration documents no longer matched what he was driving.

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