We are now in the final days leading up until the start of the 2013 Dakar Rally here at PlanetRobby. This is the most anticipated rally in recent memory, with MANY subplots ( RG vs the mini's, the king of the energy drinks and the new "Nasser" buggy) and of course, the battle with Peterhensel. This is truly an US vs THEM battle for the ages. Those who have been here during the past Dakar Rallies, we plan on doing what we always have done: Making this a great 'getaway' and destination for all Robby Gordon and Dakar fans.

Looking at the Schedule, the scrutineering sets things in motion:

January 2,3 & 4th, 2013: The beaches of Lima

The site of the technical and administrative checks will be set up in the Magdalena District, where the South-American competitors will assemble on 2nd January in the afternoon. The “Dakar Village”, a meeting place for the competitors, the rally’s sponsors and the spectators, is next to the secure car park where the vehicles will be parked before the start.

Opening hours for the public:

01/02: 11am - 11p
01/03: 11am - 11pm
01/04: 10am - 4pm

5th January 2013: on stage in Chorrillos

Before setting off for the rally’s first special stage, the public will discover the 2013 Dakar’s competitors, on a podium set up on the beach in Chorrillos: the presentation will take place from 8am to 1.30pm.

Stage 1 runs from Lima to Pisco and has a VERY SHORT special section, only 13 km long.

We will have a thread for EACH stage of the rally, as well as the post race quotes, etc. Feel free to discuss your thoughts & predictions leading up to stage 1. Thanks for the support.

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You'll be able to see everything about Robby and the Dakar right here. In my experience this site shows highlights of the days' stage mere hours after its completion, well before the recap on NBC Sports (old Versus channel).

any word on srutineering(inspection)

the HUMMER was good to go before it was ship (aka inspected)

When the live chat is gonna be enable? thanks!

Saturday Morning - like 9:00am :)


Scrutineering tomorrow? Dakar.com says that:

"Tomorrow, the major favourites in the bike and car categories will parade in front of the cameras: Cyril Despres will perhaps be accompanied by injured team-mate Coma as a coach of the highest order, whilst a first show of force is expected between the Minis of Peterhansel as well as his X-Raid team-mates and the vehicles driven by Nasser Al Attiyah, Carlos Sainz, Robby Gordon and Guerlain Chicherit."

Also says that #304 Ford driven by Bernhard Ten Brinke has withdrawn due to a death in his family. He finished 8th last year.

Is it just me or am I the only one who cringes and crosses their legs when they hear the word "scrutineering"? LOL


Beagle7, you going to be with us for the ride?

Oh, I'll be here! I've been here lurking and reading...just in a year long withdrawal not having our boy do that thing on Sundays...lol

But it's Dakar Time BABY! And the return of the guy with the greatest english accent who does the highlights!


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