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Discussion in 'Rally Raid' started by GEO_DXB, Jan 6, 2018.

  1. GEO_DXB

    GEO_DXB Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2015
    Location:
    Dubai
    Thought we could have a thread on rallies other than Dakar/Dakar Series and World Cup.

    Had this one arrive just before Xmas:

    Algeria Rally

    http://algerally.com/algerally/?lang=en

    Just my 2 cents on what can be good and bad:

    Pro's:

    Around Algeria, which is smth different.
    Should be scenic from what I remember
    Promise of minimum liaisons
    Not too expensive
    150km autonomy for bikes and quads so maybe similar to that for SxS?
    Grand Erg!!!!!

    Con's:

    Ran just around Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge... REALLY????
    Algeria. Not the safest places these days IMO
    If you don't speak toad you're in trouble
    Organized by Italians (nothing personal, but from all my experiences they highly disorganize anything and everything). Again, only IMO.
    New event, so expect some things not to work right from the start.



    Morocco Desert Challenge

    Celebrates 10 years this year... ex-Libya rally

    Morocco Desert Challenge

    Pro's:

    No liaison!!!!!!!!!! Nothing, zip, nada. Just race and arrive to the bivouac finish every evening, how cool is that.
    Morocco - so civilized enough
    Organizers are well-known and Marc Coma is part of the team
    All I heard was bivouac is nothing short of amazing
    Catering is real good
    They have alcohol... COLD BEEEEEEERS!!! and since organizers are Belgian.. Its Belgian!!!
    Older event so all rough edges polished out
    Real good turnout
    A lot of offers for rentals, services etc...
    Various race classes so you can choose your weapon

    Cons:

    Not cheap
    Morocco again...
    You should speak frog. Maybe even its Belgian penguin variety...
    End of April - can be tough to get vehicles around from other events...
    Return logistics are a bit complicated
    Massive turnout and empty spots go real quick
    Pain in the ass Moroccan customs


    Will continue with other rallies later
     
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  2. spalind

    spalind Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2006
    Location:
    Windham, NH
    Please add the Dubai Baja here....someone from RDC might be attending and working to assist Mark Powell's team where he can...even if its just carrying bags and cleaning latrines...
     
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  3. GEO_DXB

    GEO_DXB Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2015
    Location:
    Dubai
    Dubai is part of the World Cup so surely we will post separately.

    Someone from RDC is not allowed next to no Nissans. 2wd only please. Mr Powell is too busy to be posting here, he should be all over bolting his new gearbox to his buggy. And bolting mine together while i am away from his shop.


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  4. spalind

    spalind Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2006
    Location:
    Windham, NH
    Ha! Yes, should be another new Nissan at that event! I know the guys are coming up from SA for the event because of it!

    Dubai Baja is short but this time I'm doing more "holiday" for myself as well and heading over to Oman for a week before heading home...
     
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  5. GEO_DXB

    GEO_DXB Well-Known Member

    Joined:
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    Location:
    Dubai
    You shall have plenty of work to do. If you're a good boy you might get your own Y62 Patrol to play with.

    Bring some RDC stickers maybe?
     
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  6. GEO_DXB

    GEO_DXB Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2015
    Location:
    Dubai
    Some further dates and rallies:

    Ha'il Rally, Saudi Arabia January 13-18
    Merzouga Rally April 15-20
    Silk Way Rally July 15-29
    Inka Desert Challenge July 29-August 5
    Atacama Rally, Chile August 11-19
    Rally dos Sertoes August 18-25
    Desafio Ruta 40 Nord August 25-31
    Rally Jeddah TBA

    And a press-release for Hail Rally, too bad we are busy and wont go.

     
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  7. Dirty Harry

    Dirty Harry Well-Known Member

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    Location:
    Reno, NV
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