I believe you can fly. [Image: AP]
You’re looking at that .GIF and thinking “wow, I can’t believe you just made me watch a man die.” Not only did motorcyclist Paulo Gonçalves not die here, he was up and racing again before the sand stopped flying.
Dakar Rally’s television coverage alluded to a wreck that forced American racing legend Robby Gordon to withdraw from the race, but offered few details. Now we know why: the oops in question was quite boneheaded, involving one of Gordon’s support vehicles and some dangerous shenanigans on the highway.
Tragedy struck the Dakar Rally twice, once during Stage 7 and again in road traffic.
Work shoes, Dakar style. A mechanic from Team Kamaz Master works on the truck during the Dakar Rally rest day in Salta, Argentina.
Robby Gordon and his team are working their butts off at the Dakar Rally. Will they finally get that sweet podium they’ve been chasing for ages? Well, there’s a lot of race left. [Image: Speed Energy]
Eleven people were injured over the weekend when a Dakar Rally racer speared off the course and into a crowd of spectators. The first proper stage of the rally had not even started yet.
[Brace yourselves: Dakar is coming. Everything from Antonio Meo’s KTM here to enormous trucks will race across the South American desert starting on January 2. Photo credit: Red Bull Content Pool]
Dakar Rally season is upon us, baby. That means even more montages from teams with tons of money and vehicles. That pretty much means Red Bull. We just saw an awesome clip of their whole crew, but fans of the big rigs might like this spotlight on the Kamaz racing trucks even more.
The 2016 Dakar Rally, an extreme off-road endurance challenge spanning multiple countries and thousands of miles, was supposed to start in Peru. But weather there’s predicted to be so bad that the entire race had to be changed. At least the new route looks somewhat spectator-friendly.
[The Beast of Turin isn’t the largest thing running up the hill this weekend. This Dakar champion is powered by a 7.2 liter turbodiesel V8 and was driven to Goodwood all the way from Russia. Photo credit: Máté Petrány/Jalopnik]
All of the great homologation specials — the BMW E30 M3, the Lancia Delta Integrale, the Plymouth Superbird — have all been discovered and cost more and more every year. Except for one. This is the Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution, and you will be amazed at its reputation just as much as its shockingly low price.
So life is crazy, and there are some days when you wake up in Dubai, and take a bus ride out into the desert, and then drive the car that won the toughest race in the world, the Dakar Rally.
This exact X-Raid Mini All4 Racing won the toughest race in the world, the Dakar Rally. It might be the most capable vehicle on the planet. And I got it stuck in the desert outside of Dubai.
The best and worst part about the Dakar Rally is its incomprehensible scale, seen here.
This photo is five years old, but it's still possibly the most amazing picture I've seen of the Dakar Rally.