Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Dakar 2010 Thoughts

I have just one reason for saying that moving the Dakar Rally to South America is probably the best decision the organizers ever made: the enthusiastic spectators. They are everywhere, even in seemly remote areas, and it gives a subtly different feel to the rally.

I say "seemly remote" because it is not always clear how far away from "civilization" the rally is really taking place. Once this year there was wide shot of the bivouac in the desert and you could see a city in the distance.

And as for how the locals get to these places, I'll remind you of the T2 class which are only slightly modified production vehicles. Never forget the old racing adage, "Winning on Sunday sells on Monday." I don't doubt that many of the locals drive the same vehicles in the T2 class.

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