SAHARA – is meeting of owners of military historic
vehicles and clubs of military history on Slovakia and the most important military event of
the year on sand. Every year it takes place in military area on ‘‘Zahorie’’ which is very
similar to a Sahara desert. And because of that specialization of the
terrain we called it SAHARA.
SAHARA – is always organized at the end of August, because during these days we commemorate the anniversary and tradition of one of Europe's largest anti-Nazi resistance appearances - the Slovak National Uprising. Organizers of SAHARA usually take inspiration and philosophy of their activities from this historical milestone of the Slovak past.
SAHARA – is an event worth attending. It is one of the most unique events of this kind in Europe - and the biggest and most significant in the Slovak republic.
SAHARA – is an event mainly focused on military history and military technology of the 20th century. In the beginning, it was a meeting allowing a community of veterans to present civil and military veteran cars and provide competitive rides with them. Nowadays, it is also possible to take part in interestingly prepared races for vehicles that run in demanding sandy terrain. As part of the races, competitors can try their vehicle in these extreme conditions and compete among themselves in several categories. Every contest is evaluated and successful contestants are rewarded with valuable prizes. In addition to the exhibition of military historical technologies, competitions, and defiles, the combat demonstrations directed by military historical clubs, mostly on the topic of World War II and the Slovak National Uprising, are also an important part of the program. Events of post-war history (the Czechoslovak People's Army - ČSLA) are also presented. Nowadays, Military Technical and Testing Institute Záhorie provides a display of their activities.
SAHARA – is a free time cultural event for the general public aimed at protection and development of historical and cultural heritage with a focus on a military history. This event is not only attended by a laic public, but also by enthusiasts of military technical equipment or military in general, and supporters of military-historical issues. There are a few events of this kind, but SAHARA distinguishes itself mainly by its effort to popularize the military history of Slovakia and to disseminate awareness of the history of wars and armed conflicts, the development of the army, weapons, and other military machines. In addition to the educational and cultural mission, the SAHARA event gradually developed into a bearer of military traditions and promoter of military history, linked to the period of World War II and the Slovak National Uprising.