Africa Race 2008 - The Preparation Story

Discussion in 'Racing' started by schattat, Oct 27, 2008.

  1. Ferrys

    Ferrys Been here awhile

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    Hi There
    The checks place has changed.....

    IMPORTANT
    Le lieu des vérifications, le 27 décembre, a changé (heure inchangée). Merci de vous rendre au :
    The place for the checks, on december 27th, have change (convening time is the same). Thanks to go directly to :
    NOVOTEL LA VALENTINE – av. St Menet – Marseille –
    Venant de Aix / Coming from Aix - A50 : Sortie / Exit n°5 – la Valentine / La Penne sur Huveaune
    Venant de Marseille / Coming from Marseille : A50 : Sortie / Exit n°4b – La Valentine
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    S 005°30.600
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  2. schattat

    schattat Long timer

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    Hey guys,

    Just a small update here. Stuff's packed and ready to go. We'll be leaving tonight, and hope to arrive in Marseille tomorrow before midday.

    Of course, I'll be taking along by digital camera to get some shots of the technical scrutineering, as well as the prologue, which I'll post here before new-years-eve!
    So till then.... :clap


    Ferrys, are you taking part too?? Just wondering, since you were able to get hold of some info mainly only for competitors ;)
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  3. LukasM

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    Good luck Tony.

    I bet your dad will do great and you will have a lot of fun.


    Liebe Grüße,
    Lukas
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  4. Carlos M

    Carlos M www.motoxplorers.com

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    Good Luck and have fun!!

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  5. PackMule

    PackMule love what you do

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    Good luck, Tony!! We'll be thinking of you. :beer
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  6. Mark950

    Mark950 Been here awhile

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    Good luck, have fun and be safe.
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  7. Redne Dab

    Redne Dab Poseur Extraordinaire

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    Good luck!
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  8. Metteke

    Metteke Beemer beat in me

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    have a good ride!
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  9. BigBearJoe

    BigBearJoe Been here awhile

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    Current entry list shows 24 vehicles total. That would be 12 cars, 8 bikes, and 4 trucks. I only recognize one "famous/known" entrant in each class. Schlesser in the cars, Pellicer in the bikes, and De Rooy in the trucks. Excellent chance for an amateur to win the "replacement Dakar".
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  10. PPiA

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    Sounds like it will be a good event with those numbers :thumb
    Have fun. I'm jealous :1drink
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  11. schattat

    schattat Long timer

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    Hey guys!

    Just arrived back from France. My mum had to drive us(me, little bro and grandma) over 1000km back home, whilst suffering a terrible cold, so thanks to her! :clap

    As I said in my last post, we left Germany on the 26th, at about 21:00. Bike was loaded on the trailer, and we set off. My dad drove through the entire night, with occasional coffee and rest breaks in between. We arrived in Marseille at about 7:00 the next morning. The weather was quite warm since the temperature was at about 7°C that early in the morning!

    So here are the pics...


    The bike on the trailer, along with spare wheels and box:
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    We were the first of the bikes there, so there were only a heap of cars and trucks to see at the hotel parking lot:
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    There was also a big Russian Team present:
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    And the big De Rooy truck team:
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    And finally, the bike got unloaded from the trailer! :D
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  12. schattat

    schattat Long timer

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    What the stupid thing was, was that competitors were told to meet up at the Novotel hotel in Marseille (that's where all the pics up to now were shot at). We had waited for almost 3 hours there, when at some point we were told that scrutineering was to take place in a another are of town, a couple of km's away from the hotel. Problem was, that the bike had already been unloaded from the trailer, along with the wheels and box. The trailer had already been locked and stashed away. When going to scrutineering, you need to take along your bike, as well as the wheels and the box. So that was a problem, since it's (almost??) impossible to carry 2 wheels and a box on your rallye bike.
    A solution was found, when I was to ride the bike behind my dad in the car, who had the wheels and box in the boot, to scrutineering. A really cool ride, I must say :clap
    People started thinking that I was a competitor when I arrived at scrutineering with the bike under my arse :lol3

    Again, there were no other bikes in sight. We were starting to worry whether anybody else was still going to come. But sure enough, a short while later some other bikes started showing up!
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    Now the whole thing was starting to get alot more interesting!!!
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  13. GB

    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    Best wishes for the race, thanks for the detailed prep pics and comments :thumb
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  14. Codewheeney

    Codewheeney Hoopy Frood Super Supporter

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    Excellent stuff, thanks for the updates. Good luck! :slurp

    JC
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  15. Ruffus

    Ruffus Dirty Old Mudder

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    Best of luck. Anxiously waiting for updates :thumb
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  16. Hayduke

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    great stuff
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  17. canadaler

    canadaler Been here awhile

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    Watching with interest...I'm heading to the Tuareg in March.

    Good luck to your father. Be safe, have fun:clap
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  18. schattat

    schattat Long timer

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    Well, the story goes on...

    Amongst the entire rallye crowd, there was one man alot were suprised to see. Hubert Auriol, who was forced by the ASO (Dakar organization) to withdraw from being the official boss of the Afreica Race, was wondering about talking to competitors. As far as I know, he's following the caravan in a car.
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    Choppers there too:
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    TDCom supply competitors with the Iritrack, the tracking device.
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  19. schattat

    schattat Long timer

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    Some of the competitors bikes ready to undergo technical scrutineering (Note that there are a total of 10 bikes to be seen, of which 8 are in the rallye and the other 2 in the raid):
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    José (or Juan?) Manuel Pellicer's slick new Rallye BMW G450X:
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    J.M.P himself:
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    There is only one rider with a KTM 690 Rallye. When we arrived for technical scrutineering, the rider's mechanic was working on the bike. This guy never stopped working on the damn thing...:eek1 Even just before boarding the ship to go to Morocco he was fixing some stuff up behind the fairing :huh Something I can't really understand....
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    The cockpit of that bike was also overloaded with all kinds of crap (2 GPS's, although only 1 is compulsory. And the ERTF compass repeater which won't work with them anyway. He later replaced it with a 600€ marine unit!)...
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    And to top if all of, this was later added on too!
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    Closeup:
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  20. Ruffus

    Ruffus Dirty Old Mudder

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