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Old 12-11-2012, 06:54 AM   #31
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Not true and a very strange thing to say.
mostly sarcastic but sadly true sometimes, I'm not one of these people, I was referring to a previous post
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Old 12-11-2012, 10:50 PM   #32
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Oh, I support him, it's just kinda hard that's all, jajajajajaja
I don't have any trouble supporting him, despite his flaws. I remember watching Surfers Paradise in '93 and being blown away by the way this new kid was harassing world champ Nigel Mansell. It was incredible and it seems like he has never lost that thing he had on that day.

Watching the last video posted with all the various scenes shot by race fans... just incredible the joy people are getting from watching him, 20 years after that race in AUS! Sure, he's not perfect and none of us are. We can cringe now and then, and hope it continues to turn out OK. I love watching him drive and I wish him the best.
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Old 12-13-2012, 08:56 AM   #33
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Charlotte, N.C. (December 4, 2012) – With no desert too large and no mountain too tall, the SPEED Energy HUMMER on victory proven Toyo Tires will once again attempt to conquer the world’s most famous off-road event. The custom-built Dakar HUMMER driven by Robby Gordon and navigator Kellon Walch will tackle more than 8000 Km / 4970 Mi from Peru through Argentina and ending in Santiago, Chile making it the ultimate off-road adventure; the 35th Annual Dakar Rally.


Registration discussions between A.S.O and Team Gordon began back in the early summer months in preparation for the 2013 Dakar Rally, and on December 2 registration for the SPEED Energy / Toyo Tires / MAPEI HUMMER became official. The A.S.O and the team agreed on a pre-check inspection of the Dakar HUMMER prior to being approved to race. Once the detailed inspection of the Dakar HUMMER and its air-inflation system by A.S.O. officials, the team was approved to officially race the 2013 Dakar Rally.


“I am excited to go back to race the prestigious Dakar Rally and show the world that we are ready to give it our best shot once again at an overall victory. Obviously our cars are good enough to compete for the win. Last year we had the fastest cars at the rally and led the most check points with the fastest times, with five wins as a team, two wins with the second HUMMER (which was also approved and is available to compete) and three wins for myself. It is now time for us to go back and capitalize on what we developed and worked on over the last seven years to put ourselves in position to compete for the overall win. “


For the first time in its history, the Dakar Rally will begin in Lima, Peru, sending upwards of 460 vehicles from 53 countries on a two-week, 14-stage endurance race through 3 Western South American countries, ultimately finishing in the Chilean capital of Santiago. This year’s Dakar will begin on January 5 and will travel on a new course featuring sections not seen to racing since the moving of the Dakar to South America in 2009, marking the most difficult course to date.


Gordon will be joined in the cockpit by his navigator, Kellon Walch, who served as team navigator for B.J. Baldwin in 2010 and for Gordon in 2011. Walch looks to bring back the experience and chemistry gained as the team’s navigator in previous rally races along with the focus and drive needed to guide the vehicle through the challenging navigation obstacles that Gordon will face.


The various aspects of Peru’s natural features will put a real test to the SPEED Energy / Toyo Tires / MAPEI Dakar HUMMER in the early stages of the rally as Gordon will face gigantic dunes and rugged terrain requiring precise focus and skill to gain an early advantage. Entering Chile will set the stage for a fast pace duel through the desert before crossing the Andes Mountains into Argentina where record altitude and temperature will become a crucial factor for driver and navigator.


After a much needed day of rest on the eighth day, the SPEED Energy / Toyo Tires team will set out for the longest and most technical stage of the Rally navigating through the narrow twists and turns of the forest. The rapid assistance vehicles will not have access to this stage, requiring precise driving to be a must. Entering Chile for the final stages of the Rally will once again bring dunes into the equation, testing the driver’s fatigue and equipment to the finish in Santiago.


Once reaching the Chilean capital, the small percent of the drivers who finish the 2013 Dakar Rally will partake in a short show course offering spectators and fans the chance to cheer on the new heroes who have successfully conquered the 2013 Dakar Rally. The following day the accomplishment of each of the drivers will be recognized with an elaborate ceremony planned on the Plaza de la Constituciόn.
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Old 12-13-2012, 12:57 PM   #34
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I've been a fan of his since I saw him drive stadium trucks. I was lucky enough to meet him when he ran a Cougar in IMSA GTO for Jack Roush, winning the 1990 Daytona 24hrs and Sebring 12hrs right out of the box!?! I think these were the first two races he ever ran on pavement? He is a pretty funny guy. He came to our pit at Sebring because his crew wanted to play a practical joke on him by flat spotting his rental cars tires, but they grabbed our driver, Dominic Dobson's car by mistake!? Dom was wondering why the car bounced all the way from the hotel that morning. Robby likes practical joking. I look forward to Dakar and would love to see him at Eldora!
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Old 12-13-2012, 01:35 PM   #35
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So this pre-check covers the same air inflation system that was pre-checked for last year and over which he was subsequently disqualified for?
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Old 12-13-2012, 02:45 PM   #36
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So this pre-check covers the same air inflation system that was pre-checked for last year and over which he was subsequently disqualified for?
That is exactly what I was thinking. I hope he has good documentation.
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Old 12-13-2012, 04:20 PM   #37
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So this pre-check covers the same air inflation system that was pre-checked for last year and over which he was subsequently disqualified for?
Well, upon re-reading the press release it seems this "pre inspection" was performed by A.S.O. officials. So if once again the air inflation system is determined to not be in compliance with the rules as interpreted by F.I.M. tribunal barristers during "post inspection" there could be trouble
This F5'ing chit is really getting way out in the deep camel grass now
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Old 12-13-2012, 04:22 PM   #38
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Old 12-13-2012, 04:28 PM   #39
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Robby G. at Eldora

That would be really cool.... it would blow peoples minds I am quite sure.
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Old 12-13-2012, 04:42 PM   #40
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I'll admit I was not the biggest RB fan at the beginning, but like a stong fungus he has grown on me.

After watching him race in the Dakar these past few years his skill, passion and the gusto he brings to the race have won me over.

He certainly brings out the inner child in me.
I agree completely. His personality rubs me the wrong way sometimes, but his driving, and the way the spectators react to him, won me over. And the ruling last year was BS, IMHO. I hope he kicks ass this year.
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Old 12-13-2012, 07:30 PM   #41
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Well, upon re-reading the press release it seems this "pre inspection" was performed by A.S.O. officials. So if once again the air inflation system is determined to not be in compliance with the rules as interpreted by F.I.M. tribunal barristers during "post inspection" there could be trouble
This F5'ing chit is really getting way out in the deep camel grass now
Sounds very much like the left hand doesn't know what the right one's doing, or is it more sinister than that?
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Old 12-13-2012, 07:42 PM   #42
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Sounds very much like the left hand doesn't know what the right one's doing, or is it more sinister than that?
Well, I heard if you sit on one of the hands, they call that "The stranger"
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Old 12-14-2012, 01:13 PM   #43
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A couple of years ago we were returning from 11 days of Baja paradise during the 250. Stopped at Matome wash to watch some racing, Robby had just gone by, Dammit. Later on we rode into San Felipe and stopped near the finish where the sand hits the pavement. Here comes Robby, never came off the throttle, sideways across the asphalt right at us, beautiful slide, hit the finish about 10 seconds later. Scared the shit out of us, He was racing start to finish, balls 2 the wall. I think he DQ'd somehow. But no doubt was and is the crowd favorite, Mine too. Thanks, Larry Boy.
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Old 12-14-2012, 04:45 PM   #44
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Old 12-14-2012, 06:10 PM   #45
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I would have Robbie's baby, no question
ouch it's going to take me awhile to get rid of that visual LOL
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