THE IM­PACT OF RALLY RAC­ING

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There are many rally races around the globe, but one of the best known and most gru­el­ing is the Dakar Rally. Orig­i­nally an off-road en­durance race from Paris, France, to Dakar, Sene­gal, the Dakar Rally is ac­tu­ally now held in South Amer­ica. Rally rac­ing has been around as long as the au­to­mo­bile. In fact, the Paris-rouen Horse­less Car­riage Con­test of 1894 may even be the birth of en­durance rally rac­ing in its sim­plest form. The 78-mile rally in­cluded steam and petrol- (gas-) pow­ered ve­hi­cles, and the fastest en­trant com­pleted the dis­tance in six hours and 48 min­utes, av­er­ag­ing a speed of about 12mph. Fast for­ward to to­day and the chal­lenge of rally rac­ing is still the same— cover the dis­tance from start to fin­ish as quickly as pos­si­ble—but, of course, the ve­hi­cles have dras­ti­cally changed.

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