Let's hope it's better than the 2017 edition
People were murdered in '08. Certainly not just rumours:I wasn't on RDC when the race moved to South America. Did any real threat to security ever actually materialize after the race was cancelled in 08 and subsequently moved? Or was it moved over some rumors?
To expand:People were murdered in '08. Certainly not just rumours:
The rally was cancelled on January 4, 2008, due to safety concerns in Mauritania, following the killing of four French tourists there on Christmas Eve, December 2007. France-based Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), in charge of the 6,000 km (3,730 mi) rally, said in a statement they had been advised by the French government to cancel the race. They said direct threats had also been made against the event by "terrorist organizations".Before the start of the race, rally director Étienne Lavigne had approved the Mauritanian legs only after two stages planned for Mali were scrapped. An Al-Qaeda affiliate organization was blamed for the cancellation.
On 4 February 2008, the ASO organised the Central Europe Rally, with a Hungary to Romania route, as the makeup race. This race lasted only one year. A new race, keeping the Dakar Rally name, was organised in South America in 2009 and has continued there since then.
Before this happened (and unrelated) I remember a truck having hit a mine and being pretty much destroyed (1996) :To expand:
"When you are told of direct threats against the event and when
the sinister name of al-Qaida is mentioned, you don't ask for
details," Patrice Clerc, who heads the company that organizes the
rally, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. "It was
enough for me to hear my government say, 'Beware, the danger is at a
That was cool to see, too bad nobody wanted to show what they had and they all played follow the leader (my guess is a fear of a smaller restrictor in future years).
Here's a fun video from the past, Starts at 2:40, different but still fun.
On stage 2 the Pug,s were clocked at 203 kph. ( 126mph).
It'd be quite cool to see them attempt those races, I'd be shocked if they finished in the top 10, even with a different powerplant(And everything else that goes along with doubling their power) Theyre giving up too much suspension travel to TTs(imo)Which is why I think, after their final (I assume) assault on Dakar next year, they should take the whole armada and do both the Baja 500 and 1000. If these things can hit 126mph with that restrictor, imagine what they can do without it