Dakar 2014 - On 4 wheels (autos & SXS)
The time is getting nigh. It is time for this thread again.
With no Robby G, I wonder who is going to be the "Character" of 2014
And who is going to give the minis a bit of elbow in the ribs
More Saffers enter the fray
The Blue Oval Boys from South Africa have decided to follow on the success of Toyota and make a determined effort at the Dakar.
Should be interesting as Ford and Toyota are neck and neck in the South African Championship
Toyota also went to Namibia for a play
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The poor South African Rand must be working in Glynn Hall's favour. There seem to be a lot of the South African built Toyotas riding around in the rally world at the moment
Is the bugly making another appearance? With some lessons learned now that team is certainly a contender :nod
RG and BJ Baldwin just got back from Toyo in Japan . A partnership for Dakar ?
The Toyotas are actually pretty fun to watch. They come screaming by and look pretty cool. If anyone ends up driving one of the Hummers let's hope they have mad skills or are crazy. The Hummer's going to sound great regardless, but RG driving like a bat out of hell is what made it epic.
Nice work editing, Mike ... I like this one :D
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Just posted by wrk2surf in the Bivouac thread:
The Herrator Buggy
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Repeat Champions! Peterhansel and his MINI ALL4 Racing Win the 2013 Dakar Rally.
Highlights from last year. I'm guessing the Car/Team will probably be the same for this year?
I think its worth watching and hadn't seen it yet so, here you go.
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Here is a link to an article from Car and Drive with some really close up, interesting photos of the MINI: http://blog.caranddriver.com/dakar-w...ni-countryman/
I like the duct tape holder.
A Few of the Imperial Toyota Hilux Dakar
From Here: http://www.drivenews.co.za/2013/news/toyota-announces-dakar-2014-lineup/
Toyota Announces Dakar 2014 Lineup
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Following their successes in recent years which culminated in a 2nd place for Giniel de Villiers (who himself won the Dakar rally in 2009 in a Volkswagen Toureg), Toyota have entered the 2014 Dakar rally with 2 South African drivers: de Villiers and newcomer Leeroy Poulter.
Having competed previously with Giniel de Villiers and ABSA off-road competitor Duncan Vos, Toyota have seen successful competition in earlier Dakar rallies but have yet to win a Dakar rally.
Following a 2nd place for de Villiers and Vos retiring on just day 3 of the rally, Toyota have returned to the drawing board and rebuilt their Hilux to tackle Dakar 2013.
Members of the original team have been retained, including de Villiers, co-driver Dirk von Zitzewitz and team boss Glynn Hall will return in 2014 with first-time Dakar driver Leeroy Poulter. Poulter will be have Duncan Vos’ 2013 co-driver Rob Howie sitting beside him.
This years route will from Rosario, Argentina to Salta for a rest day and finish in Valparaíso, from 5 to 18 January 2014.
Giniel de Villiers
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Dakar History: 10 Starts, 1 Win.
Originally from: Touring cars
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Dakar History: 1st Dakar rally (Toyota Imperial SA Hilux)
originally from: Motorcross & karting
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From the Goodwood 2013 Race
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Nasser will bring the bugglys back
2 cars with Thierry Magnaldi in the water car
Carlos also seems to be coming back albeit in a SMG buggy
it is a beauty contest for sure
Here are a couple of comments from Planet Robby:
"Robby is running his new truck. Kellon Walch will be the co-driver.
Sometime after Baja ( just like every year) is when they will probably begin to send out pictures."
(Guessing about what exactly RG will be driving:)
"TOG said it is a truck. So that rules out any kind of buggy sort of car. Mike K keeps reminding it's a WRC course this year. So I lean towards a front or mid engined smaller truck."
Dakar Rally 2014: Carlos Sainz joins Red Bull SMG Rally Team for 2014.
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