Africa Race 2008 - The Preparation Story

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  1. schattat

    schattat Long timer

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    Bikes standing in parc fermé (A real joke, since anybody could just walk to the bikes and do whatever they wanted to...) Even the technical checks wereN#t to be taken seriously. Didn't check any lights, horn or any other equipment. Just asked whether a spare engine was going to be taken along, and the helmet was checked whether it wasn't over 5 years old... (No spare engine, and brand new helmet, so no worries there!)

    3x DRZ400 next to each other:
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    XR650R and KTM 450EXC in the middle:
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    (From right to left) Honda XR400R, BMW G450X and KTM 690 Rallye:
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    The WR450 in the middle of the pack:
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    BTW: Dad came in 3rd position today! Hi best result ever in a rallye :clap
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  2. schattat

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    Not really sure. I'm guessing these gyros are for filming purposes only. I'm assuming that the real medical choppers were stached away somewhere else...
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  3. johnnyandjebus

    johnnyandjebus Been here awhile

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    love'n this thread, keep it coming. :clap:clap

    Amazing eye candy!! your Dad's WR, the BMW the xr400 :eek1 it's all good.
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  4. Hayduke

    Hayduke ///SAFETY THIRD/// Supporter

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    Cool to see someone still running the XR400 out there. :thumb
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  5. keithm1

    keithm1 the bestest

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    good thread enjoyed reading it best of luck :clap
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    stteve Been here awhile

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  7. Outwardbound

    Outwardbound Been here awhile Supporter

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    What I would give to be the guy flying that autogyro....

    Followin' the racers thru the desert would be the most fun you could have with your clothes on !

    Probably more dangerous than racing though
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  8. PackMule

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    Schlesser and DeRooy aren't running "Dakar" this year?!? Interesting.



    Great mix of bikes. :thumb


    Grabbed the Dutch coverage. We'll see how much of it I can understand... :rofl
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    Very interesting. I'd have picked him for the "competition" type, rather than the "enjoyment" type.


    How'd he come off in person? :ear


    Thanks for the info! How's winter treating you guys? :beer
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  11. Ferrys

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    Your father is third ????

    CONGRATULATIONS :huh
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  12. schattat

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    Just a quick update with some pics during the race...

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    Sadly, there's no TV coverage of the event here in Germany. Hopefully they'll release a DVD of the entire event! :D

    Can't believe he's in 3rd position!!! :clap


    PS: Thanks to all of you for cheering him on!
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  13. nfranco

    nfranco over macho grande?

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    :clapAwesome! Go Dad go!:clap
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  14. doyle

    doyle RallyRaidReview-ing

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    Good job by your dad! There is TV coverage out there if you can uderstand Dutch.:nod
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  15. schattat

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    You anybody please mention to me on what channel?? We have satellite TV at home, and hopefully I'll be able to receive one of those channels!

    Dutch is similar to German, so it shouldn't be much of a problem!
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  16. stteve

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    It is on RTL7, a show called RTL GP (http://www.rtl.nl/sport/rtl_gp/rtlgp/)

    If you go to the bottom of the site you see previous episodes
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  17. schattat

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    Thanks alot for that! Was able to download them, too :clap
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  18. schattat

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    New updated pics from the rallye...

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  19. doyle

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    Thanks Tony. Have you spoken with your dad? Any idea as to how the competitors are feeling about this new rally?
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  20. schattat

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    In fact I have. He calls us at home every evening to give us a small report :lol3
    At first he wasn't all to fond of the event when we were in Marseille for scrutineering.
    For example, all competitors were told to meet at the Novotel hotel, Marseille. Once you were there, you ask the people at the reception where the rallye stuff was happening. They of course had absolutely no clue... Not a single person from the organisation was to be found there. A couple of hours somebody showed up and told everybody that scrutineeering was being held at a school about 5km or so away. P.I.T.A !!

    Another thing was with the start number (the stickers). After having placed them on the front and on the 2 rear sides, of which one is a rear tank, we stopped at a petrol station to fill them all up. Upon filling the reear tank, a bit of fuel dripped onto the sticker on the rear tank. When trying to wipe it away, the sticker started to fall apart and the colours started fading away!!

    But during the rallye, he has said that it's all alot better than expected. The entire caravan is small, meaning you don't have to wait long for your meal :D The atmospehere is relaxed and everybody helps out each other!

    Today's stage was however neutralized, since some guys had a really hard time during the stage yesterday... Just a 1000km liaison today :eek1

    Only 1 of the 10 bikes has had to give up. Rider Thibault Chatelier (XR400) had an accident during the liaison of stage 6, when they all had to start at 5 in the morning. The roads were slippery, so he slipped and broke his ankle (and maybe hip?). Dad also fell, but nothing happened...