The first Citroën rally raid (Paris-Kabul-Paris) was organised in August 1970 and involved 494 Méhari, Dyane and, above all 2CV vehicles. Following the route taken by the Croisière Jaune, the rally raid covered a distance of 16,500 km.
The success was such that Citroën organised another event one year later. The Paris-Persepolis-Paris raid took 467 car crews on a journey of 13,500 km to the ancient capital of the Persian Empire. In 1973, the fifty 2CVs taking part in “Raid Afrique” made an 8,000 km journey across the Sahara desert.
Fifteen years elapsed before the next event, Operation Dragon in 1988. A total of 40 young Europeans driving AX vehicles embarked on a 4,500 km journey across China, from North to South. And in 1997, on the fringes of the Master Rally, Citroën organised the Berlingo Raid: from Paris to Moscow via Samarkand. A total 157 crews took part in this 8,500 km event.