Rally Dakar 2018

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  1. Steve

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    The 2018 Dakar is closer than it seems. It takes a lot of prep and the setup process takes so long that teams are already transporting vehicles and supplies. So, since the announcements are coming out almost daily I figure it's not too early to start a thread.

    There are 525 competitors registered from 54 nationalities.

    Of 337 vehicles total, 190 bikes and quads, 105 cars and 42 trucks.

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    One surprise is the BMW/MINI funded effort this year will include a 2-wheel drive category buggy entry. Looks like this:

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    I hope NBC Sports will cover it again this year. Only a half hour each day but better than nothing.
     
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    My dad's FIAT 1100 looked more like a MINI than
    that! And it was a station wagon!!
     
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    Yup, it's a branding and advertising exercise, much like how Peugeot's buggies bear little resemblance to their cars.

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    Maybe a pre-cursor/concept variation to a F gen MINI Moke?
     
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    Looking forward to it like always.
     
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    The opening stage was described as a sprint and only 31km. Sebastian Loeb fell well down the leader board (P27, -5m37s) because of a mechanical problem (brakes).

    Toyotas fill the top two spots, P1: Al-Atiyyah, P2: Ten Brinke.

    P3 is held by a Borgward, whatever that is.

    The first MINI is P4 and driven by an American rookie named Menzies. That, by the way, is the funky buggy version MINI as well.

    Column 1 Column 2 Column 3 Column 4 Column 5 Column 6
    Position # Driver Brand/Team Time Gap
    1 301 N. AL-ATTIYAH TOYOTA 000:21:51
    2 309 B. TEN BRINKE TOYOTA 000:22:16 00:00:25
    3 313 N. FUCHS BORGWARD 000:22:25 00:00:34
    4 310 B. MENZIES MINI 000:22:29 00:00:38
    5 302 N. ROMA MINI 000:22:44 00:00:53
    6 304 G. DE VILLIERS TOYOTA 000:22:45 00:00:54
    7 318 L. ALVAREZ TOYOTA 000:23:03 00:01:12
    8 305 M. HIRVONEN MINI 000:23:27 00:01:36
    9 312 J. PRZYGONSKI MINI 000:23:36 00:01:45
    10 311 M. PROKOP FORD 000:23:55 00:02:04
     
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    P1, "cars":

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    If you're wondering what a Borgward is...

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    I remember the Borgward as a car made in the late 50's and early 60's. Sure as hell didn't look like that!
     
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    They did.

    In case anyone wants a before to go with the after:

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