Dakar: The last of the great adventures

Dakar: The last of the great adventures

More than 150 rally drivers are currently trekking across South American desert dunes in one of motorsport's last great adventures. David Evans explains the enduring magic of the Dakar Rally

Dakar. One word which means everything. Everything except the capital of Senegal, that is.

Dakar is the start of the season. It's those amazing television pictures of cars, bikes and trucks flying through the dunes, howling along the desert floor or picking their way past Charles Bronson on what looks like the set of Once Upon a Time in the West.

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