RDC TO THE RESCUE!!

spalind

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Sorry for the all caps...but I just had to...The, Internet, eh?

So here's the story--and its a GREAT one!

Fishdood puts out the call the night before last asking if anyone on one of the Dakar stage tracking threads knows anyone near Valcourt, Quebec.

Well, poop...this board is made up mostly of those of you living in the Socialist Republic of Kalifornia...who is going to know a local to the middle of friggin nowhere Quebec? Valcourt is 1/2 in between Montreal and Qubec City, smack dab in the middle of cow pastures and potato fields. So what is there? A giant Can-Am facility.

Turns out the South Racing team needs a ton of parts for their Can-Ams running the Dakar.

Well, I caught the Dakar bug a while back, I live out here in New England and have lots of friends from stage rally in Canada/Quebec that live on that side of the border (i'm 4 hours from Valcourt myself and would have done it but well....I don't like divorce proceedings and unemployment) so I put out the Facebook call for an adventurous fellow with some spare time. Coming back were 1/2 a dozen offers to take up the task and so I funnel some contacts back to Can-Am via Fishdood.

A day and a half later?? A FB friend of mine by the name of Dan Houle is packing his gear and heading to the Can-Am facility in Valcourt, QC to pick up a number of duffle bags stuffed with CVT belts (of course), axles, tools, etc. AND a bunch of tootsie rolls...no joke...I assume that South Racing needs the parts to work with on rest day given the timing.

So there you go...the magic of RDC...from 1/2 a world away a call goes out for spare UTV parts, flows through RDC in CA, off to me in NH, on to a guy in QC who has dropped everything to deliver gear to the middle of the Peruvian desert....

Amazing......
 

michael_loomis

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Pretty cool.., we definitely need to be updated on this with progress reports and other tidbits so we can follow along on the adventures!


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Just as long as they don't beat Casey Currie!

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Sorry for the all caps...but I just had to...The, Internet, eh?

So here's the story--and its a GREAT one!

Fishdood puts out the call the night before last asking if anyone on one of the Dakar stage tracking threads knows anyone near Valcourt, Quebec.

Well, poop...this board is made up mostly of those of you living in the Socialist Republic of Kalifornia...who is going to know a local to the middle of friggin nowhere Quebec? Valcourt is 1/2 in between Montreal and Qubec City, smack dab in the middle of cow pastures and potato fields. So what is there? A giant Can-Am facility.

Turns out the South Racing team needs a ton of parts for their Can-Ams running the Dakar.

Well, I caught the Dakar bug a while back, I live out here in New England and have lots of friends from stage rally in Canada/Quebec that live on that side of the border (i'm 4 hours from Valcourt myself and would have done it but well....I don't like divorce proceedings and unemployment) so I put out the Facebook call for an adventurous fellow with some spare time. Coming back were 1/2 a dozen offers to take up the task and so I funnel some contacts back to Can-Am via Fishdood.

A day and a half later?? A FB friend of mine by the name of Dan Houle is packing his gear and heading to the Can-Am facility in Valcourt, QC to pick up a number of duffle bags stuffed with CVT belts (of course), axles, tools, etc. AND a bunch of tootsie rolls...no joke...I assume that South Racing needs the parts to work with on rest day given the timing.

So there you go...the magic of RDC...from 1/2 a world away a call goes out for spare UTV parts, flows through RDC in CA, off to me in NH, on to a guy in QC who has dropped everything to deliver gear to the middle of the Peruvian desert....

Amazing......

Great! (But, don't hey have SAT phones down there to call Canada? Just wonderin…)
 

spalind

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Great! (But, don't hey have SAT phones down there to call Canada? Just wonderin…)

Maybe but South Racing is from Europe, yes? Maybe they didn't know anyone local in QC to go pick up the parts and fly them down?
 

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So rad! Glad we were able to make it all happen! I had to get Tucker some parts to keep him busy!!! jajaja
 

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So from QC how are the parts getting to Peru?
Air Freight? UPS? What the tracking #?
 

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bajafox

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I saw the post too, I had mentioned local RDC dude Brad Wheeler

Very cool that you found someone, what an opportunity

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Your friend thinks those are Tootsie Rolls, but are they really? Wait until he steps on the sidewalk outside the airport in Peru, and three black Range Rovers come flying up, and big dudes with sunglasses on at night grab those duffel bags with the Tootsie Rolls, and disappear into the dark. Canned Ham, John DeLorean, they're all the same.

But then... this would be running the Tootsie Rolls the wrong direction. Money! Greenbacks is what he's running to Peru. I know this stuff. I watch TV.
 

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No joke all the parts are going in the guys luggage...no sense as going by UPS or freight or similar...no delivery company on the other end is going to deliver to: South Racing, 12 MiddleofNowhere, Peru Desert 99999
 

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I did this back in 2007 during the Peking to Paris for my Uncle. VW Clutch + tools + some FOX shock rebuild kits... When you gotta make it happen you do it the old fashioned MULE way! During that event one of the racers used his Gulfstream and crew to fly all over the world rounding up parts for cars that took a beating crossing the Mongolian desert. They actually stacked old dirty tires and car parts INSIDE the cabin because the luggage compartment was overflowing with spares. The biggest bitch of the whole situation for them was customs. When I arrived I had packed my dirty chonies on top of the parts and the Russian customs agent politely waved me on. The Gulfstream crew was there for hours and finally got the gears turning with some $$$$ paid to the right people. Hopefully this Dakar mule doesn't run into any customs issues (or has some $$$$ on him) because if he does the race will probably be over before they let those parts enter the country.

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Customs in those countries can be VERY strict. I was almost thrown in jail in Chile for dry sausage smuggling. I had one in my luggage and didn't declare it on that little piece of paper you fill out on the airplane. Meat is a "controlled substance", even if it's a store bought packaged item.
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michael_loomis

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I dry sausage smuggle every day.


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