About Joey Evans

From an early age, Joey had one dream that stood out above any other, to race his motorbike in the Dakar Rally. A 13 day, 9000km race widely known as the toughest, longest and most dangerous off-road race in the world, a race that has claimed the lives of over 70 people during its 42-year history.

But his dream, along with the rest of his life, was completely shattered in 2007, when during a local race in South Africa he was hit by another biker and amongst other serious injuries, he broke his back, crushing his spinal cord, leaving him completely paralysed from just below his chest. The prognosis was he would never walk or feel his legs again.

Joey suddenly facing a daily struggle of keeping himself together, both physically and mentally made the decision, that he would not only still live a full life, but he would still chase his dream of racing the Dakar Rally. The finish line of that race became the symbol of him beating his injury.

It would take him 10 long years, with numerous challenges, successes and life lessons learnt along the way, until Joey stood as a competitor on the start of the Dakar Rally in Asunción, Paraguay.

Qualifying to race the Dakar Rally was an incredible achievement, but the unimaginable events that he endured through those 9000km across South America tested him far beyond what even he could have imagined. The unforeseen and catastrophic event of his bike being crushed by a two-ton rally car on the second last day, suddenly leaving him stranded, alone and considered out of the race, set the stage for an epic final chapter, you simply couldn’t make up.

Since racing the Dakar, Joey has also gone on to finish the 6000km Africa Eco race from Monaco to Dakar, Senegal. He’s ridden and raced his bike through more than 30 countries on six continents and he continues to overcome adversity pushing the limits of both adventure and resilience.

Joey is married to his soulmate Meredith, and they are proud parents of four daughters, an extreme adventure in itself.

Best Selling

Since finishing the Dakar Rally, Joey has become an internationally sought after conference speaker who draws parallels from his own journey to empower people across the globe in chasing their own goals and dreams. Joey has written the book on his inspirational journey titled “From Para to Dakar.” Published in November 2017, it has become a National Bestseller and is available in print, eBook and audio format.

In 2024 Joey was inducted into the Southern Africa Speakers Hall of Fame by the PSASA (Professional Speakers Association of Southern African).


He was awarded “National Off-Track Rider of The Year” by the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists and later honoured by Motorsport South Africa with the “Special Award for Outstanding Contribution to South African Motorsport.” His journey has been a top featured story on Carte Blanche, SuperSport and in widespread international programs and publications.