Journal: Desert Raiders Is The Perfect Paris-Dakar Rally Documentary To Watch This Weekend

Desert Raiders Is The Perfect Paris-Dakar Rally Documentary To Watch This Weekend

By Michael Banovsky
September 8, 2016

Back when the Paris-Dakar began in Paris and ended in Africa, it was every bit the wild dash across continents that’s tough to imagine today. From the legion of competitors themselves to the support crews, media coverage, and local authorities, the Dakar must be quite the spectacle—especially, as this film shows, if Group B cars were fighting for victory.

It’s a smorgasbord of formidable machines, including the Porsche 959, rally versions of the 911, Audi Sport quattros, Mercedes-Benz G-Wagens, and a smart-looking Nikon-liveried Mitsubishi Pajero. Motorcycles and their riders look utterly insane, as always, navigating the same rough terrain as their car and truck counterparts.

Finding great footage of the race in period is often difficult, but I think you’ll enjoy the 30 minutes of classic action seen in Desert Raiders. (And no, I don’t know how the buggy team managed to get as far as they did!)

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While things are s obetter this days to be frak.


Be a man of right talk as of now.


Super dope soundtrack! African music is so happy/uplifting, isn’t it?

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Nice catch Banovsky . But you dare question the buggy ? First off thats Jean Louis Shlesser in one of his earliest iterations of the Shlesser buggy . Second buggies were and would still be if they were legal the most appropriate vehicle to contest the Dakar . Even the newest version pretending to be the Dakar . The problem was always the budget not the buggy . And once the budget problem was solved the Buggy took it all hands down in 2000 . And after its overwhelming and dominating performance the Buggies were removed from competing . Sheesh… Read more »