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Old 01-04-2008, 11:40 PM   #1
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Angry Dakar rally cancelled!

Bummer. "Fears of terrorism" the reason.


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Old 01-05-2008, 06:08 AM   #2
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This is real BS man, Outdoor channel already screws up the coverage, and now no rally all together??
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Old 01-05-2008, 10:12 AM   #3
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Well i've heard people in Africa died from being hit by cars.

I don't know man but it is not OK to roll over people for a rally lol
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Old 01-05-2008, 10:20 AM   #4
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you'd think that the racers might be able to out run the terrorists... ambush!

... seriously though, terrorism? There's not really that many people out there for this event. What, are they going to car bomb villiagers in the bush? Kidnapping might be a bigger threat.

bummer though, that race is a true challenge!
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Old 01-18-2008, 04:12 PM   #5
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gimme one of my hemmts with the fuel transport back and connect it to the main tank, fill that all the way up and give me an m4 carbine and a box of 200 rounds and i'll run the rally for them, lol.
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"Fears of Terrorism" is only one aspect of the cancellation.

Don't get me wrong, I wasn't happy about it either.

Every year the rally gets threats and they press on without worry.

However, this year, a family of 4 was killed in Mauritania. Al Queda claimed responsibility for the attacks and claimed that there would be more if the rally was allowed to continue.

The organizers decided that bystanders being put at risk by terrorism was enough to cancel the event.

With respect to the risk of the race itself...

On average, one person per year is killed in the race. Usually a bystander. Since much of the race is run through the African bush, the roads are not cordoned off. As a result, wildlife, cattle and even the local populace will wander into the road or step in front of a vehicle.

There have been many calls to cancel the race for this reason.
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Oh and then there are competitors occasionally finding a land mine...
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finding a land mine on a quad would suck so bad. but its a shame, i really wanted to go to one (or even race in one, if that was ever a possibility)
so are they still doing the bangkok to moscow rally or no?
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"Fears of Terrorism" is only one aspect of the cancellation.

Don't get me wrong, I wasn't happy about it either.

Every year the rally gets threats and they press on without worry.

However, this year, a family of 4 was killed in Mauritania. Al Queda claimed responsibility for the attacks and claimed that there would be more if the rally was allowed to continue.

The organizers decided that bystanders being put at risk by terrorism was enough to cancel the event.

With respect to the risk of the race itself...

On average, one person per year is killed in the race. Usually a bystander. Since much of the race is run through the African bush, the roads are not cordoned off. As a result, wildlife, cattle and even the local populace will wander into the road or step in front of a vehicle.

There have been many calls to cancel the race for this reason.
The terrorists win ----- AGAIN!
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