We are counting down the days until the 2009 Argentina-Chile Dakar rally. Here is a nice video which gives a small taste of the extensive planning and logistics which go into putting on the world famed event. All of the European competitors met up in Le Havre France for technical inspections and scrutineering before the 800+ vehicles and equipment were crammed into the “Grande Benelux” (the ship used to transport the equipment) for their 17 day trek across the Atlantic to Argentina.
While all this preparation and travel may seem like a challenge in itself, it is but mere child’s play for these battle hardened competitors. Once in Argentina they will meet up with 100 additional vehicles, teams based out of Asia and the Americas. Aside from the vehicles, tons of equipment used by the teams as well as race officials will also be transported across the world and follow the rally across thousands of miles of desert. Our conclusion, were just glad we don’t have to deal with it.
Are you reading this post in French? No problem, this video is narrated in French as well.