Like most American kids that grew up in the 80's I watched the Indy 500 every year and became interested in motorsports thanks to that race, but I didn't really get hooked until I started watching Formula 1 racing in the late 90's. My favorite era were those years with the great Mika Hakkinen/Michael Schumacher battles. (I was a Mika Hakkinen fan) So my fondness for Formula 1 waned once Mika retired and Schumacher started winning everything, even at the expense of his teammate Rubens Barrichello. My interest in F1 has only been lukewarm since.

Then I turned to Champ Car racing here in the US for my motorsports fix. However that was quickly extinguished once Champ Car and Indy Car merged and we were stuck with Tony George and his many foibles. (It was entertaining to watch the Hulman/George drama I'll admit.) My interest has been less than lukewarm with Indy Car lately, even without Tony George at the helm.

Over time however, the excitement I once had for motorsports has slowly gone. Maybe it has to do with my age, I don't know. But I think I will pour my efforts into my Trooper and my interests in the outdoors to add excitement to my life.

Thanks for checking out my blog, I hope you enjoy it. I will still post racing news when I find something interesting or noteworthy.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Dakar trucks

I'm always intrigued when I see these giant trucks driving thru the desert and such during the Dakar rally.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Dakar Rally


Since 1978, the Dakar Rally has been carving new and wiping away old lines on the palms of its contestants. Over the years. many bones have disappeared and grown as the rally tests the grit of Men, Women and their machines while they race against time, fatigue, and forces of nature to cover extreme distances on mostly non-existent routes on a map. Such is the extreme nature of the event, only a few have triumphed, many took the ultimate fall, and even those who managed to see the finish line are regarded as one of the greatest.

The event borrowed its name from the destination where the first ever rally culminated in 1978. It ran from Paris, France, to Dakar in Senegal. In 2008, security threats in Mauritania led to the cancellation of the rally that year and races since 2009 have been held in South America. Open to amateurs and professionals alike, the former typically add up to about eighty percent of the participants.

The terrain which participants encounter during the Dakar is much tougher than what one would witness in conventional rallying. There’s not much information about what lies ahead and participants and their machines go through an extreme endurance test, which they have to face every single day for two weeks straight! The distances of each stage covered vary from 273 km being the shortest to a bone shrinking 907 km! The categories of machines which participants may enrol under are Bikes/Quad, Car/SXS(SSVs/UTVs) and Truck.

All the vehicles which hit the dirt during the rally are purpose-built to take on the challenges of the event rather than being modified on-road vehicles. Most of the spectacular helicopter shots you’d see from the event will include vehicles attacking dunes, rocks, mud, gravel, inclines, sheer drops and nearly everything that will break normal axles and everyday bones within seconds.

For its 40th edition, the Dakar Rally will be held in South America this year for the 10th time. It will start in Lima, Peru, allow a rest day in La Paz, Bolivia, and then make the contestants gun it towards the finish line in Córdoba, Argentina. Spread across 14 stages, the event will cover a distance of almost 9,000 km, among which, 7 stages are 100% dunes or off-road. With over 4,500 km of special stages, there will be one marathon stage for all categories, another for bikes and quads only, and participants and their machines will spend more than 5 days at an altitude of more than 3,000 metres in the Andes!

follow the Dakar Rally daily here:

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Pharaons Rally

The Pharaons Rally is Egypt’s version of the world-famous Dakar and a thrilling endurance race across the desert. The goal is to cross the Sahara Desert in seven days, taking a 3,000 km circular route that begins under the gaze of the Sphinx in Giza, ending back in the lively Egyptian capital of Cairo. The dune defying desert-race has literally just kicked off – here’s a video update with some of the highlights so far.

The rally attracts serious big-money competitors from around the world, and involves a variety of vehicles from monster trucks to motorbikes and quads. If you’re no professional racer but a keen off-road motorist you can participate in the rally non-competitively. It is possible to rent a 4×4 and guide to follow the rally and join up with the racers after each leg at the campsite bivouac tent.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Friday, January 5, 2018

Clean 2000 Trooper

So I found these photos of a 2000 Trooper in pretty much pristine condition.

I wanted to post them here just as a reference to compare to my 99 Trooper of the same color, condition however is another story.

But it is good to have a reference.