Sunday, January 11, 2009

Dakar in South America and The Breakfast of Champions!


Visit the Blue Ribbon Breakfast of Champions ISDE AUCTION!

2009 Dakar Click for official site.


Follow the race: The following was borrowed from the Official Dakar Website

The Dakar spirit is found at the crossroads of several passions. Beyond being an impossible to avoid and unique event in the motor racing world, it is also a unique human experience. The rally’s history, the performance of some and the struggles of others, remind each of us that the Dakar is above all else a sentimental and emotional affair. The competitors are most attached to this dimension. This is what explains, for example, the survival of the idea of mutual aid within the caravan.

A world class sporting competition

More than a simple motor race, the Dakar requires off-road navigation capabilities and rock-solid consistency. In rally-raid, endurance is primordial; the least mistake can be costly. This mix of physical rigour and technical performance has been an attraction for champions from diverse horizons for nearly 30 years, all of whom desire to measure themselves and learn about this original event. Former WRC world champion, Ari Vatananen found the winning formula; Stéphane Peterhansel, who tried his hand at all sorts of exceptional challenges early in his career, became the uncontested expert of the event; world enduro champion, Cyril Despres has stepped onto the top step of the podium; world ski champion, Luc Alphand was a fast learner of the desert; American NASCAR stand out, Robby Gordon, the king of ice racing in another life, Yvan Muller, Carlos Sainz and now Carole Montillet or Guerlain Chicherit have also turned towards the ultimate goal: win the Dakar.

A human experience apart

Like the mountains or the oceans, wide-open spaces inspire “adventurers”. Entering the Dakar is in some ways like climbing your own Everest, complete your sailing or rowing around the world trip. The finish podium represents an extraordinary challenge; sometimes it’s a life’s challenge.

Beyond the standings, all the competitors are motivated by this tenacious desire, this nearly insane dream. Whether they are motorcycle riders or drivers in cars or trucks, they share this ambition, a feeling that nears. The tradition of mutual-aid, the buzz word that is a pillar of the “Dakar spirit”, born from this shared passion. No matter their origins, they all speak the same language.

An international nomad event

Born in Africa where its legend was created, the Dakar is by nature attracted towards the unknown. The discovery of territories, one of the event’s reasons to be, now pushes the Dakar to head in new directions. The Sahara fascinated the competitors for nearly 30 years and in the future will, once again, become a regular meeting point. For now, it is the conquest of other continents that the Dakar seeks with the desire to surprise intact. The Dakar has always been an international nomad event. It is based on the need for exchange and on its competitors’ capacity of openness. They all have the desire to explore the deserts of the world.

12 Comments:

At 5:15 AM , Blogger The Fool said...

Alright, Josh...where's the new project?

 
At 9:37 AM , Blogger josh williams said...

Well I have to tell you, its all mired up in regulations,copyrights etc...I suspect there will be big money to be had by all when this project is complete. Project Z, because this is a project to end all projects! Peace JW

 
At 9:14 AM , Blogger Winters said...

Hello Josh.

I'm glad to see the daredevil blood continues to course through your veins.

Best wishes,

Winters

 
At 9:17 AM , Blogger josh williams said...

Thanks Winters, good to hear from you I have been busy working on project Z for awhile. Peace

 
At 12:21 PM , Blogger Winters said...

I shall continue to comment on this piece until further postings, prospecting for new avenues of interpretation with each visit.

 
At 12:31 PM , Blogger josh williams said...

Winters: A sound strategy.

 
At 6:25 AM , Blogger Zen Wizard said...

Dakar does not sound like the kind of place you want to run out of gas at.

 
At 6:30 AM , Blogger josh williams said...

Zen:Nope.

 
At 11:45 AM , Blogger Winters said...

I have yet to read Vonnegut's tale of the doings of Dwayne Hoover and Kilgore Trout to which your title alludes.

I'll check it out and report back.

 
At 3:32 PM , Blogger Winters said...

I have yet to read the book, but I plan to enjoy a breakfast of champions tomorrow.

I hope all is well with project Z.

 
At 5:34 PM , Blogger josh williams said...

Project Z is Rocking!

 
At 2:23 PM , Blogger Toby said...

The best way to be green is cut back on what you do. <-- Period. All the green crap you may take part in is nothing but

 

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