How to survive the Dakar
A beginners guide to spectating at the world's most demanding endurance competition
Posted: 22 Jan 2014
The Mini's tyres are at 3.5 bar - about 55psi. Lord alone knows why, but I had wondered why the ride seemed even more awful than I remembered. With a hiss and whoosh we let them down to less than half that.
We pass an oasis. There's a small pond with a couple of skinny donkeys and sheep milling about, more cars parked in the shade of some bushes. We press on. It takes us two attempts to crest the dune at the far side of the oasis. The engine revs - is that a hint of clutch slip? Forget it. Onwards.