Dakar, Boss, Dakar!

January 15, 2011


Blog Guy, I get all my goofy sports news from your blog, and I’m wondering what you consider the most bizarre sport on earth?

Probably the Dakar Rally, which is underway now in South America.

RALLY/What do you find so goofy about it?

You name it. We have more than 400 photos of the event, which has been going on for weeks, but they almost never show more than one vehicle at a time. You don’t know who’s pulling ahead, who’s falling behind, or if there even IS an ahead or a behind.

What kind of vehicles are involved?

Every kind. I’ve seen trucks, cars, motorcycles… They may have some jet packs, for all I know.

Hah! Maybe even some pogo sticks, too, huh?

RALLY/No, I do know the big pogo stick race is the annual Togo Pogo, in West Africa.

Well, I guess sports reporters must follow the nonstop action very closely, don’t you think?

Not really. This week, when some poor guy was hit by a car in the rally in Argentina and died, news of his death came from rally organizers in Paris.

Blog Guy. I have to say these photos are kind of exciting.

Can you imagine vehicles plowing through punishing, unpaved terrain, kicking up sand and dust, traversing impassable paths, dropping into jagged pits from which they might never emerge?

Yes, I can. I drive in Washington, DC.

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Top: Giniel De Villiers of South Africa drives his Volkswagen Touareg during the eleventh stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 from Chilecito to San Juan, January 13, 2011. REUTERS/Daniel Garcia/Pool

Left: Eduard Nikolaev of Russia drives his Kamaz truck during the sixth stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 from Iquique to Arica, January 7, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Left: Jacek Czachor of Poland rides his KTM during the third stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 from Tucuman to Jujuy, January 4, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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Sure, truck racing in South America. They are only hauling food and equipment to the border…

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

Meanwhile, in the Time Machine…

@Lassie: Thanks for rescuing me, girl!

@Timmy: For the umpteenth time, I was NOT stuck in a well, I was stuck in a citrus bowl!

@Nosmo: A fuzz-free navel, belly laughs and warm doughnuts.

And a toast(always good with coffee):

To Blog Guy, Doc and Spin,
And the relationships that you are in.
You need no advice
As they seem very nice.
May the good guys and love always win,

Geeze, that is ruining my mean and evil image!

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

What? Lamar and Johnson are both out on photo shoots or doughnut runs in South America?

Who was sent to Vegas for the shots of the shoes worn by the Miss America contestants? The ones with basketball hoops and sleds and stuff on them?

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

My sad boy
is headed
outside now
to clear the drive
of snow.

His mother
thinks any snow
is snow demons
to steer her car
in snow.

My dear son,
hum the blues
for me, too,
trouble on my mind,

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive

Not sure I get the connection with this post, Doc, but I guess maybe your boy is headed for the Dakar Rally?

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

You haven’t seen how long our drive is, Bob. Clearing it is a marathon, like Dakar, really.

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive

Sorry to go on the educational side, BG, but where exactly in South America is Dakar?

Posted by grok | Report as abusive

Grok, I believe it to be in the South American country of Senegal.

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

Darn Time Machine keeps ejecting me…

BG: Do they have a Demo Derby there? It would be neat to watch with the assorted vehicles involved. Kind of like DC when it snows. Bet that Taurus would make good pot hole filler if you ever get it out of the pool.

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

Why, is that… could it be, in the third pic there…. I do believe… yes, yes it is! That’s Unca on Mr. Scooty! Go Unca go! 😀

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

Did you know that “Dakar” in Hindi means burp?
It was just too much fun not to share this info…. and no, you cant tase me… 😀

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Of course we can’t tase you for that, Shra. YOU have the taser…

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

The Paris-Dakar Rally has been getting more and more geographically confused over the years…

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive

Thats right, Mr.B and a brand new one at that! 😉

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Hmm, just noticing that while driving a truck in the geographically-challenged Dakar rally, that Red Bull DOES NOT give you wings.

Posted by Nosmo_King | Report as abusive

Here is similar story http://plus.autosport.com

The last competitive day of the 2011 Dakar is now behind us, with only the closing podium ceremony in Buenos Aires to come. Over the past two weeks, the VW Amarok in which AUTOSPORT followed the event has registered over 11,000 kilometres. Although achieved in far less gruelling conditions, the distance comfortably exceeds that of the winning race Touaregs.

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