For all you daredevils out there...DAKAR RALLY
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HISTORY
The adventure began in 1977. Thierry Sabine got lost on his motorcycle in the Libyan desert during the Abidjan-Nice rally. "Rescued from the sands" in extremis, he returned to France defeated by these dreamlike landscapes. He then promised himself that he would share this discovery with as many as possible and lived for a single goal: take a maximum number of people into the immensity of this sand. This led him to imagine an extraordinary journey originating in Europe. The route would then continue to Algiers before crossing Agadez and ultimately leading to Dakar. The plan quickly became a reality. The Paris-Dakar rally opened up an unknown world, one in which its creator, Thierry Sabine, was seen as a true pioneer. His motto then would be: "A challenge for those who go. A dream for those who stay behind.” Africa, a multi-faceted continent, in fact offered the perfect elixir, combining dreams with the world of competition. On 26 December 1978, the first Paris-Dakar took off from the Place du Trocadéro. That was over a quarter of a century ago...


WHAT IS IT ?
The Dakar Rally is an annual rally raid that is a off-road automobile race, organized by the Amaury Sport Organisation. Most events since the inception in 1978 were from Paris, France, to Dakar, Senegal, but due to security threats in Mauritania (which led to the cancellation of the 2008 rally), the 2009 Dakar Rally was run in South America (Argentina and Chile). It was the first time the race took place outside of Europe and Africa. It has stayed in South America from 2009 to the present (2011).The race is open to amateur and professional entries. The amateurs are usually about eighty percent of the participants in this race.*

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dakar_Rally

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Carlos Sainz; Former WRC champion and reigning 2010 Dakar Rally Champion




If you are interested in Rally Racing, be one of the 80% to participate in this race !


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