Dakar Rally 2013

January 5th saw the start of the 2013 edition of the Dakar Rally. This famous rally pushes both drivers and their vehicles to the limit along a 8,000 km route which is known for its harsh conditions.  The race is also unique in that amatures mix with professionals and make up over three quarters of the participants.

HISTORY

The race was founded as the Paris to Dakar rally in December 1978 by Thierry Sabine and involved just under 200 competitors, over a 10,000 km route that year. Over the next 30 years the race grew in popularity and the course itself changed, but maintained its presence in Africa until 2008. In 2008, the rally left the African and European continents when the event was cancelled due to security concerns around potential terrorist attacks.

Since 2009, the newly named ‘Dakar Rally’ has been run in South America.  The 2013 edition will start in Lima, Peru enter Argentina mid way through the route and end in Santiago, Chile on January 19th.

VEHICLES

There are four major competitive groups in the rally, motorcycle class, quad class, car class and the truck class along with associated subclasses within each.

Motorcycle Class (Courtesy Dakar.com)

Motorcycle Class (Courtesy Dakar.com)

Quad Class (Courtesy Dakar.com)

Quad Class (Courtesy Dakar.com)

Car Class (Courtesy Dakar.com)

Car Class (Courtesy Dakar.com)

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Truck Class (Courtesy Dakar.com)

The vehicles themselves are largely purpose built or heavily modified versions of existing models, nonetheless the rally provides a good testing ground due to it’s extreme conditions. Many manufacturers over the years have sponsored and tested their vehicles or parts and technology during the rally.

DAKAR 2013

The following are some interesting figures from this year’s event:

53: the number of nationalities represented on the 2013 Dakar. It is a total record since the
rally’s creation in 1978.

40: the number of quad bikes entered, a record.

19: the age of rally’s youngest competitor, Robert Van Pelt Jr (The Netherlands,
Motorcycle).

71: the age of rally’s oldest competitor, Francisco Claudio Regunaschi (Argentina, car)

1,700: the total number of competitors expected in the rally, the race or the assistance
teams.

In addition, it is expected that there will be 1 billion viewers of the event this year along with 4.5 million spectators along the route, making it a truly global event.

Overall rankings at stage 4 are:

Bike – Olivier PAIN (FRA)
Quad – Marcos PATRONELLI (ARG)
Car – Stéphane PETERHANSEL (FRA)
Truck – Ales LOPRAIS (CZE)

…and the following provides a summary of all the action during stage 4 of the Dakar.

Follow live coverage of the Dakar Rally from your browser, or download the smart phone app for iOS or Android.

Sources: http://www.Dakar.com

The Gumball 3000 rolls into Toronto….

I really can’t think of a better way to spend a beautiful, warm, May evening than checking out the sights and sounds of the Gumball 3000 race.  Last night, as the caravan arrived in Toronto, the RedlineNorth team captured the glitz and glam of these amazing branded up supercars as they entered the closed off streets of Toronto’s Yorkville area.

Started in 1999, the Gumball 3000 is a modern day Cannonball Run which attracts international socialites and playboys from all over the globe to participate in a cross country road race. For 2012, the race has returned to its roots as racers drive the epic New York City to Los Angeles route.

With a wide range of ultra expensive models being used as street racers there is certainly something for everyone who’s into cars. Along with the cars is the equally impressive star- studded line-up of drivers who have competed in the race including Daryl Hannah, David Hasselhoff, Dennis Rodman and Tony Hawk.  The full list can be seen here. This annual event is like no other in North America. The opportunity to participate should be number one on any car enthusiasts ultimate dream wish list.