Guide to the 2018 Dakar Rally
As motor vehicles became more advanced, more durable, and more powerful, it quickly dawned on drivers that they could take their vehicles and push them to the limit. This has culminated in such companies like Range Rover creating all-terrain cars and SUVs that can climb just about anything. But more than that, the Dakar Rally was created, one of the most gruelling races in the world. Starting in 1979. The Dakar was designed to be a race that tested both the drivers and the vehicles that participated, and have given rise to some of the most difficult struggles in racing history.
The first Dakar Rally that took place was the brainchild of Thierry Sabine who was lost in the Tenere Desert while taking part in a different rally. From there, the Dakar was thought up, and was completed in northern Africa every year, where the race would end in the capital city of Dakar. The first rally proved to be a massive success, and in the subsequent year, the number of racers doubled, and more have joined with every passing event.
To date, the Dakar Rally is one of the most popular racing events in the world, with hundreds of participants, and hundreds of thousands of followers who eagerly watch the rally whenever it takes place. It has become so popular, in fact, that there is even a large betting scene, where bettors from all over the world, such as in countries like New Zealand take wagers out on the rally, and online betting NZ has seen substantial growth in recent years.
The Dakar Rally 2018
The next rally will be taking place in the upcoming year, and looks to be one of the best yet. It will be the 40th anniversary of the Dakar Rally, and the 10th being held in South America, with the drivers and riders riding down along the western coast of the continent. The rally will take place from the 6th to the 20th of January, starting in Peru, through Bolivia, and finally ending in Argentina.
During the rally, numerous types of vehicles will be tested, including prototype and heavily modified off-road cars, trucks, and bikes. 332 vehicles are expected in the event, making it one of the largest ever, and preparations have long been in the making, with all participants already heading to South America to get ready for the upcoming event.
What marks next year’s event as unique will be in that those riding on bikes and quads have decided to forego any assistance teams and go on their own, relying on just the reliability of their vehicles in spirit of the first rallies that were run 40 years prior. These riders will be given equipment along the way, provided by some of the Dakar’s partners, allowing them to stock up on whatever they need on their long and gruelling adventure toward the finish line.
The Spirit of The Dakar
The Dakar Rally has long been one of the greatest adventures an off-road enthusiast can pursue, and the 2018 event will be a dream come true for many.