Late Night In Iquique. The Bizzare in the Bivouac.

Desert Warrior Needs Springs. Robby Gordon Finishes First But Is Disqualified Nassar Al-Attiya Bows Out. Some purists might argue that the South American Dakar is nothing like the original African Dakar. I would argue that the African fans could never be as passionate and excited as the fans here in South America. And certainly I […]

Antofagasta to Iquique — Twisting & Winding Up The Chilean Coast

As we continue our journey north toward Lima, the remaining racers continue to face rough desert terrain, sand and more dunes. While the temperatures are more moderate than we experienced in Argentina and Copiapó, the wind continues to wreak havoc and carrying with it biting sand. I thought it would be nearly impossible to beat […]

The Atacama Desert – On The Dakar Trail

The T-5 Chevy 2500 T-5 support vehicle isn’t doing so well. Raff is taking it well, but the frustration is evident in his demeanor and facial expressions, especially when the transmission won’t go into reverse, or when a simple downshift turns into a shutter and clunk. New parking strategies must be considered as the fickle […]

Copiapó: Fixing The T-5 And Then Some…

What had started as a great day had quickly sobered into a dramatic and tepid situation. The team arrived at the Bivouac late Monday night. Too tired and feeling beaten, everyone quickly retired to their tents. Before leaving for Dakar I had arranged to meet my good Chilean friend, Cristian, to meet us in Argentina […]

Fiambala Argentina to Copiapó Chile–Darkcyd Faces Yet Another Obstacle

Experiencing the excitement of Dakar is like no other sport I’ve seen live. Though we’re traveling through the remaining 8 stages as assistance vehicles and spectators, we are immersed in life in the bivouac and the seemingly endless parade of constant movement with hundreds of other vehicles. Just because we’re not racing, doesn’t mean we’re […]

Dakar 2012. The Ultimate Endurance Test: racers, techs, media, spectators and more.

Experiencing the excitement of Dakar is like no other sport I’ve seen live. Though we’re traveling through the remaining 8 stages as assistance vehicles and spectators, we are immersed in life in the bivouac and the seemingly endless parade of constant movement with hundreds of other vehicles. Just because we’re not racing, doesn’t mean we’re […]

Rally Team Still On the Dakar Trail

Life in the Dakar Bivouac is interesting and challenging. A mini city is set up at each point along the some 5,000 mile Dakar route through Argentina, Chile and Peru. The organization sets up information points for competitors, media and there are showers, bathrooms, a dining hall, emergency medical center and an information center where […]

That’s Dakar. Unfortunate Circumstance Cuts Darkcyd Out of Race

That’s Dakar!” I hear this so many times each day that it seems to be the answer to anything. It’s also the question. Much like in the middle east, the locals use “enshallah” as an expression to address most questions. But here in South America where 465 teams are taking man (and woman) and machine […]

Good News For Race Day 1: Mar del Plata to Bahia Blanca & San Juan

Good news For Race Day 1: Mar del Plata to Bahia Blanca & San Juan With the streets closed and jammed with thousands of spectators and a giant ramp and video display sitting in the court yard with a grand view of the Atlantic Ocean and Mar del Plata’s legendary beaches, the Dakar 2012 Edition […]

Making The Way To The Bivouac – Mar del Plata

Making The Way To The Bivouac – Mar del Plata With the clutch issue hanging over the team’s head, there were a few more loose ends to tie up before heading to Mar del Plata, a beachside Argentinean resort city about a five hour drive from the capital, Buenos Aires. Because Tara and I would […]