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Old 01-15-2013, 09:56 PM   #436
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Old 01-16-2013, 01:11 AM   #437
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Ah yes, the prang where he was 'barely moving', and the car 'balanced on it's nose for a minute' ...........................got to love "racers" under, and over exaggerations. Seems we All do it, no matter what level we are at.

Something I've thought for quite a while :

Aren't 4 + wheel racers allowed to take a winch / winches with them?????????????????

OK, I know you just can't keep loading more and more gear into a vehicle, but with the way so many turn turtle, get stuck, I'd have thought a winch set up (and I don't mean just the classic front mounted winch - I mean a multi mount winche / winches), together with a telescopic strut / A arm(s), to provide a fulcrum, would be an absolutely invaluable thing to have.

I honestly can only think that a winch must be banned. Could anyone shed some light on this for me, please?

And no, you don't need a tree / immovable boulder to have as an anchor - Very effective 'sand anchors' are made. I can scoot across the river here, and go to a FWD specialist, and buy a hand actuated, or powered winch that would easily pull back a Truggy, a Buggly (I think they look trick!) or Geoff Ohlholm's Toyota. Probably even one of those Berserko Truckasaurus's. Any number of fitment points could be set up on the cages / chassis's.

RG squished his rads - and I can appreciate a 'sacrificial' section in front of the main chassis - but as light looking and as exposed that the 'sacrificial' section' seemed, that the rads were in, and as exposed as the rads were - nearly right at the top of the chassis cage, I think a valuable lesson may have been learned for future tilts at Dakar.

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Old 01-16-2013, 02:29 AM   #438
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There is no rule against carrying a portable winch (or even having a fitted on car version fot that matter)... only the (percieved) weight penalty of having one (and a dual battery system to power it... if in the situation (often) that the engine is not running to provide the current.

but often it is deemed quicker/easier to use tow straps/snatch strap to right a vehicle via assistance from another competitor (one of advantages to running in a multi car team).

I've often seen "roofed" cars righted in the sand (not unlike RG's stack) using a combination of belly wrapping the car with a tow strap, and burying the spare wheels as a block/ground anchor point - this prevents th car from just sliding along the sand on the roof). With a bit of muscle (get it on the side) and a gentle tug from another car/or two... often you can have the car back on all four without too much drama (it requires someone to stop and assist for four/five minutes though... provided you have everythiing ready to go... not sitting on the satellite phone relating you predicament to someone who could give a f5%&! )

Or you can alwways wait for the T4 trucks toa rrive on the scene... they're used to righting all kinds of f5% ups in the dunes!
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Old 01-16-2013, 03:04 AM   #439
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...he dont take the whole thing too serious- thats why i love him too........

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...did i say yesterday he was the fastest buggy...again!

AND yes im a little bit happy nassers out again because last year he was talking sh.t bout robbys car!!!


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Old 01-16-2013, 05:59 AM   #440
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Whoever is putting these videos together (don't know if it's NBC Sports or Speed Energy), but they're doing a fantastic job this year. (At the risk of seeming insufferably self-important, I want to take credit for their choice to use spectator video extensively. If you have evidence to the contrary, don't burst my bubble, I can't handle the truth.)

There's no ASO footage in this, just on-board video, bivouac video, and spectator video, and that's what makes it so fun to watch.

2013 Team SPEED Dakar Stage 9 from PlanetRobby on Vimeo.

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Old 01-16-2013, 07:18 AM   #441
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That's why the ASO let's him play, fantastic show!!! That and he keeps the pedal to the metal that the fans love!!! And then there's us 'Muricans that LOVE that V8 Song.
I don't understand your statement "the ASO let's him play". He paid his entry fee just like everyone else, and was actually excluded last year before the end of the rally.

Nasser and Carlos along with Chicherit and the SMG buggies have "Murcian" V-8s powering them.
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Old 01-16-2013, 07:22 AM   #442
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Old 01-16-2013, 07:22 AM   #443
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...yeah this vimeo vids are fantastic this year!!
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RG wins today's stage due to neutralisation after WP3 (CP1)
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Old 01-16-2013, 09:50 AM   #445
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...yeah this vimeo vids are fantastic this year!!


They sure are. He's definitely the fan's favorite, and he makes the best effort to put on a show for them.

As for him soft-pedalling it to stay under the radar of the ACO that seems an impossibility, Robby only knows WFO.
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7 made it to WP4, that should be where they stop it if they are going to stop a race. At least in NASCAR they wait for the rain to pass, then start the race again, this is retarded.

and yes, I have been in a flash flood in the desert all by myself on a motorcycle and no, I didn't give up and go home.
Your argument how real racers handle rains involves NASCAR? Seriously?

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Old 01-16-2013, 10:48 AM   #447
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Great videos!

Robbie brings so much to the event the ASO should be bending over (forward) to include him and want him to return.

Sure he's way gnarly driving, his show is THE best. Pitching it sideways on asphalt on a transfer, launching, driving like Robbie does, it's what fans love to see.

But that skatepark video and the one with all the people sitting on his Humbuggy or the video from a few years ago when they were driving while sitting on the roof of the Humbuggy.... You'd NEVER see another one of these other top drivers doing shit like that! Those other guys are too busy looking down their nose at you and the fans.
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Old 01-16-2013, 11:58 AM   #448
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7 made it to WP4, that should be where they stop it if they are going to stop a race. At least in NASCAR they wait for the rain to pass, then start the race again, this is retarded.

and yes, I have been in a flash flood in the desert all by myself on a motorcycle and no, I didn't give up and go home.
Wow, you're so hardcore. I assume you must be a dakar finisher, because surely you wouldn't be so foolish as to think you know what it's actually like without having done it.
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Old 01-16-2013, 12:36 PM   #449
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Wow, you're so hardcore. I assume you must be a dakar finisher, because surely you wouldn't be so foolish as to think you know what it's actually like without having done it.
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Great videos!

Robbie brings so much to the event the ASO should be bending over (forward) to include him and want him to return.

Sure he's way gnarly driving, his show is THE best. Pitching it sideways on asphalt on a transfer, launching, driving like Robbie does, it's what fans love to see.
I agree with this. He just also gives the crowd an underdog to root for - the Hummer versus the cocky Mini-brigade. Along with his gung-ho, we're-here-to-boogy way of doing things it makes him a real treat to follow in Dakar.

The car competition surely wouldn't be half as interesting without him. I for one probably wouldn't be watching it anymore.
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