Hey guys, This thread is going to give a bit of an insight of my father preparing for the upcoming Africa Race Rallye in December '08, which is under the organisation of Hubert Auriol, a Dakar legend! I was asked by PackMule to start this thread, so here it goes! NOTE: I'll have to add some pics later on, since I haven't got a working scanner atm to scan some of the old-skool pics in... I'll first start of by telling you a little about the history of my dad's rallye career. It started back in '86, when he first took part in the Rallye Des Pharaons, which at the time was organised by Frenchman Fenouil, who had taken part in the Paris-Dakar Rallye several times. His bike was a then Yamaha TT600 59x. It was a very basic setup at the time, compared to what'll be used during the Africa Race, mainly due to not knowing what was needed or what was available (no internet!!). The tank was an Acerbis KTM/Universal tank made to hold roughly 30L (the one with the lid a bit to the right). As I said, pics will follow later on... If recall correctly, he was able to finish the race. Next year in '87 he took another shot at it, but managed to only complete a few of the stages in Egypt due to too many punctures in the rear tyre. This time, the bike was a lot better equiped with a large acerbis 40L with integrated paper air filter, and rear tanks. See here for pics, due to having good contacts to an Italian team known as ICO-MOTO. Participations followed in the year '88 and '89. The next major event was the Paris-Dakar in '92. In '93, it was another shot at the Pharaons. Dakar followed again in '96 and '98 (even have a TV interview of him during the '98 event in the desert!). In '00 it was a go at the Optic 2000 Tunisie and UAE Desert Challenge (PIC). Tunisie again in '05. BTW, all events were on a Yamaha TT600. The last 3 were on a TT600R though (Pics at the bottom of this page) The most recent event was the Rallye Des Pharaons in '07, the first event for him on a Yamaha WR450F (pics in upcoming post!). Hope that gave you guys a general idea of the whole history. If you've got a question, then please feel free to ask me anything! Now to the Africa Race preparation!