These Gorgeous Photos Of The Dakar Rally Were Taken This Year

I'm a sucker for hopelessly retro pictures of desert racing, and these shots scratch that itch. Only they were taken on Monday.

That is, they were taken on January 6, 2014, near the Dunes of Nihuil in Argentina. They show the second day of the 2014 Dakar, though they look more like they escaped out of someone's file cabinet locked since the '70s.

They were all shot by Dean Mouhtaropoulos for Getty Images and then digitally processed to look much older. There's no reason why I should like these pictures as much as I do. If I want to see what the Dakar looked like in decades past, vintage pictures are all readily available. Still, I can't help but like 'em.

These Gorgeous Photos Of The Dakar Rally Were Taken This Year

[Dario Julio De Souza of Brazil for Honda Brasil]

These Gorgeous Photos Of The Dakar Rally Were Taken This Year

[Mart Meeru of Estonia for Honda HT Rally Raid]

These Gorgeous Photos Of The Dakar Rally Were Taken This Year

[Orlando Terranova of Argentina and Paulo Fiuza of Portugal in the MINI for Monster Energy X-Raid Team]

These Gorgeous Photos Of The Dakar Rally Were Taken This Year

[Philippe Prunier of France for Yamaha Prunier Philippe jumps through a wall of fans]

These Gorgeous Photos Of The Dakar Rally Were Taken This Year

[Ignacio Casale of Chile for Yamaha Ignacio Casale]

These Gorgeous Photos Of The Dakar Rally Were Taken This Year

[Krzysztof Holowczyc and Konstantin Zhiltsov of Poland in the MINI for Monster Energy X-Raid Team]

And if you're wondering what the toughest race in the world looks like without the filters, have no fear. It's just as stunning.

These Gorgeous Photos Of The Dakar Rally Were Taken This Year

Photo Credits: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images