The Dakar Rally is a rally raid competition that has been held from 1978 to January every year at the initiative of the French adventurer Thierry Sabine. Organized by Amaury Sport Organization (A.S.O.). It is also said to be “the toughest motor sports competition in the world.”
Originally, the competition started in Paris, France, and ended in Dakar, Senegal, mainly on the African continent, and was called the Paris-Dakar Rally (abbreviated as “Paris-Dakar” in Japan). .. The venue will be moved to South America from 2009, and will be held in Saudi Arabia from 2020.
The official language of the tournament is French, which is commonly referred to as “Rallye Dakar” or even shorter, “Le Dakar”. In Japanese, it is often called the “Dakar Rally” in English-style word order.
It is an annual rally raid event that started in 1979 and has been an official event of the International Automobile Federation (FIA) and the International Motorcyclism Federation (FIM) since 1981. Compared to the world’s three major races (Monaco Grand Prix, Indy 500, Le Mans 24 Hours), it is held less frequently, but it boasts the same level of scale and name, and represents motor sports / rally (rally raid). It is one of the events to be held.
Previously, it started on January 1st (sometimes starting at the end of December of the previous year) in Paris, the capital of France, and traveled from Barcelona, Spain to the African continent, and traveled approximately 12,000 km to Dakar, the capital of Senegal. It was known that from 2009, it became a route that goes around Chile from Buenos Aires, the capital of Barcelona in South America, and from 2012, it goes through three countries including Peru. There is only one country each in Peru in 2019 and Saudi Arabia in 2020.
In the former European-African continent, it was a tough competition that traversed the Sahara Desert, which had few settlements and relief facilities, so it was not uncommon for more than 50% of the participants to retire. Occasionally occurred. The fact that politically unstable countries such as Western Sahara are included in the competition section was also the reason why it was called “the toughest in the world”. Therefore, the phrase “all finishers are winners” is a common recognition of all contestants, and the race on the final day is called “Victory Run”.
Similarly, during the European-African continent era, there was a deep-rooted criticism that it was colonial because it was carried out in African countries such as France, which were once dominated by athletes and manufacturers mainly in Europe and the United States as colonies. It was one of the reasons for being targeted by terrorists and robbers. In addition, there were many views that it was unavoidable to be criticized because competition vehicles ran through the area where the general population of Africa lived at a tremendous speed and accidents occurred between the residents and the competition vehicles. Due to these circumstances, the venue was later changed to South America. However, the number of host countries in South America decreased due to security issues, and in 2020 it moved to the Middle East.
The crown sponsor was Euromilho, who sells lottery tickets (lottery tickets in Japan) in Portugal in 2007. In the past, telefunken (de: telefunken: German electronics manufacturer), Total (French oil manufacturer), Telefonica (Spanish telecommunications company), etc. have served. Pioneer was the crown sponsor of Japanese companies in 1988-1991. Total was the crown sponsor in 2009 after the stage was set in South America, and personal was the crown sponsor in 2010 and 2011.
The first competition was held on December 26, 1978, and the name at that time was “Oasis Rally”.
The founder of this rally is Thierry Sabine. The following words are said to have been said by him at the time of the first event in 1978, and are famous as words that describe the spirit of the founding of the Dakar Rally.
French: Je vous emmène aux portes de l’Aventure … mais c’est à vous de défier le sort.
English: I will take you to the gateway of adventure, but you alone can challenge fate.
Japanese: All I can do is show the “door of adventure”. Beyond the door, danger awaits. You are the one who opens the door. Take me if you want.
Thierry established TSO (Thierry Sabine Organization) as an operating organization and became a symbol of the Paris-Dakar as the organizer. However, Thierry died in a helicopter crash during the competition in 1986, and his will and TSO were taken over by his father Gilbert. However, Gilbert did not have the charisma of Thierry, and retired in January 1994 because of his old age. TSO has sold its sponsorship rights and has been sponsored by the French Amory Group “ASO” (Amaury Sport Organization) since 1994.
At the 1982 competition, Mark Thatcher, the son of then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who was participating as a competitor, went missing temporarily during the competition, causing a fuss involving the world. At that time, Thatcher said, “If his son is not found, we will not hold such a dangerous race again.” As a result of a TSO search, Mark was safely found and protected a few days later. This uproar will make the rally recognized worldwide.
Mitsubishi Pajero won the 1985 tournament for the first time. Participants were also very diverse, with Prince Albert II of Monaco (Prince’s Palace of Monaco) and Prince Albert II’s sister Caroline, and Yosuke Natsuki from Japan.
The 1986 tournament was hit by a harsh route of 15,000 kilometers and a terrible sandstorm, killing a total of six people, including the tournament organizer Thierry Sabine and Japanese rider Yasuo Kaneko. However, even after Sabine’s death, the 1986 rally continued and reached the goal. Porsche Works withdrew in 1986. Kenjiro Shinozuka participated in the war for the first time from this year.
Since the 1987 tournament, Thierry Sabine’s father and dentist Gilbert has hosted the rally. Peugeot introduced the 205 Turbo 16 which had nowhere to go due to the abolition of Group B in the WRC and swept the rally at an overwhelming speed. Until then, the color of the endurance rally was very dark in the Paris-Dakar, but Peugeot brought the WRC service system to the Paris-Dakar as it is, and no matter what kind of trouble or accident, if you reach the goal, the next day At the start of the race, he survived the Dakar Rally in Paris by repairing the vehicle as if it were new. Peugeot’s method will have a great impact on other entrants such as Mitsubishi, and since this year, the battle for victory between Mitsubishi and Peugeot (Citroen of the same PSA group since 1990) has become more fierce. Increasingly, the Paris-Dakar will continue to speed up.
At the 1988 tournament, the vehicle of Ari Vatanen, who was the leader in the auto division, was stolen and was later disqualified. At this time, there was a serious conflict between Peugeot and FIA, rather than Peugeot team director Jean Todt and FIA chairman Jean-Marie Balestre, who allegedly had a grudge over the disqualification ruling. (See Jean-Marie Balestre’s section). Kenjiro Shinozuka won second place. From this year, Japanese pioneers will serve as title sponsors.
In 1991, a Citroen team support camion stepped on a land mine laid by the Polisario Front in Mauritania, causing a co-driver to escape and burn to death. Due to the presence of land mines in advance warning, even though I was instructed not to run outside the main pist, I was instructed by the organizer and I was running outside the main pist listed in the route book. It is said that the cause is.
In 1992, for the first time in the history of the Paris-Dakar, the goal was moved from Dakar to Cape Town, South Africa. The name was changed to Paris-Le Cup, and the title sponsor was changed from Japanese pioneer to French oil maker TOTAL. This year, a support car of the tournament caused an accident, and 1989 motoclass champion Jill Laray came into contact with a medical car trying to rush to rescue, causing an accident that died.
In 1999, TV station interviewers were attacked by a terrorist organization.
Not only this incident, but especially in the recent race, robbers appeared in addition to terrorist organizations, and drivers often encountered the damage and intimidation. There is no time to list the cases, such as being shot and looting money by bandits. There are many accidents and injuries caused by stone throwing by the residents of the passing villages. The driver of Citroen’s support camion was shot dead by someone, and even the support camion of Mitsubishi Motors was shot.
In 2008, due to the deteriorating security of Mauritania in northwestern Africa, it was announced that all sections would be canceled the day before the opening. There are no plans to hold it again in 2008. In the wake of the murder of a French traveler at the end of 2007, the French government had made a de facto recommendation to cancel the race, and the organizers were also threatened with terrorism. It is the first time in 30 years that the race has been completely canceled, and the organizers have suggested discussions including withdrawal from the Sahara Desert, where the danger of terrorism is constant.
On February 4, 2008, ASO announced that it would replace the canceled Dakar Rally with the “Dakar Series” rally set in Central Europe, which will be held April 20-26. It starts in Budapest, the capital of Hungary, passes through Romania on the way, and runs about 4800 km to Lake Balaton in the western part of the country.
On February 11, 2009, the 2009 Dakar Rally was reported to take place in Argentina and Chile in South America. Buenos Aires is the departure and arrival point. The reason why this place was set is that there is no threat of terrorism while having the desert and difficult courses that are characteristic of the Dakar Rally.
In February 2009, it was announced that it would continue to be held in South America in 2010. That year, Mitsubishi Motors, which had been a top contender for a long time, announced that it would withdraw from the works team only in 2009. Volkswagen, which was rumored to be withdrawing, later announced that it would continue to participate in the race, but the Paris-Dakar Rally will continue the works-based race, return to the early privateer-based race, or cross the road including venue issues. Was stood up.
In January 2010, the San Jose mine, where the Copiapo mine fell accident occurred in August of the same year, was also set as a route, set in Argentina and Chile again this year.
Peru joined the host country at the 2012 and 2013 competitions, making it the first one-way route since it was held in South America. In addition, the 2016 tournament will be held in Argentina, and the 2019 tournament will be held in Peru.
The course will be decided based on a preliminary test run by the ASO course director. The waypoints and routes change every year, and it rarely runs on the exact same course as the previous year. The course direction was done by himself during the life of Thierry Sabine, and after his death by the hands of past participants in this rally, such as Rene Medge and Hubert Auriol.
The daily course consists of a moving section called a liaison and a competition section called SS (which is an abbreviation for special stage in a normal rally, but in this rally it may be called a selective sector or SS as it is). Rally. The total daily mileage of liaison and SS ranges from about 500 km to 800 km, and in the past there have been more than 1,000 km of competition sections.
In addition, a section called a marathon stage will be set up once or twice during the entire course. After the competition car arrives, some maintenance that can normally be done in the Bibark area of the day is prohibited (specifically, replacement of parts such as the engine and drive train is prohibited), and the car will continue to run on the next day’s stage. It is a thing. Since it is necessary to survive the two-day stage with only light maintenance such as tire replacement, serious problems with the engine and drive train on the stage will immediately lead to retirement. Therefore, it is a stage that requires two contradictory elements: you have to run fast while trying not to break the vehicle.
There are one or two rest days during the competition, which are used for maintenance of competition vehicles and rest for the crew.
As of 2017, it is divided into the following five divisions.
AUTO / CAR
Division for cross-country vehicles weighing less than 3500 kg. Finely classify
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A de facto prototype car with an extremely wide range of modifications.
It is necessary to use the chassis or monocoque body of a vehicle that produces more than 1000 units a year, or a single-manufactured steel pipe frame chassis. Engines that have been homologated under any of Group N, GT (2012 GT official regulations), and T2 can be used. Also, two-wheel drive vehicles have very loose rules (weight can be reduced by 200 kg-650 kg depending on displacement, tires can be made 130 mm thicker, tire internal pressure can be adjusted from the cockpit, etc.), so sometimes more than four-wheel drive vehicles. Demonstrate the performance of. With this in mind, Peugeot developed the rear-wheel drive 3008 DKR Maxi, which won its third straight title in 2016-2018.
・ T1.1 ―― 4 × 4 (four-wheel drive, four-wheel drive) gasoline vehicle
・ T1.2 ―― 4 × 4 diesel vehicle
・ T1.3 –Two-wheel drive gasoline vehicle
・ T1.4-Two-wheel drive diesel vehicle
・ T1.5 (1.S) –Advanced cross-country car
・ T1.E –Electric vehicle
A class for mass-produced vehicles with four-wheel drive or more. Vehicles produced annually 1000 are subject to homologation. Contrary to T1, the range of modification is extremely narrow, and only minimum body reinforcement such as safety equipment, dust countermeasures, and underguards is allowed. Superchargers are prohibited for gasoline engine vehicles. Toyota Land Cruiser has been raging for a long time.
・ T2.1-Gasoline mass-produced vehicle
・ T2.2-Diesel mass-produced vehicle
・ T2.C –T2 vehicle whose homologation has expired
Class for lightweight modified vehicles with a minimum weight of 750 kg. It does not require a minimum production volume for the base chassis monocoque, but it must be a steel pipe frame chassis.
The engine is naturally aspirated (with exceptions) of 1050 cc or less and can be mounted in any position, but the entire engine and transmission assembly, including the front axle, must be from a commercial vehicle.
-T3.1-A lightweight vehicle with a displacement of 1050 cc or more and equipped with a Group N or T2 certified engine.
-T3.2-A lightweight vehicle equipped with a naturally aspirated gasoline engine with a displacement of less than 1050 cc.
-T3.3-A lightweight vehicle equipped with a motorcycle engine with a displacement of 1050 cc or more.
-T3.3 Open-A lightweight vehicle that meets T3 rules except for being equipped with a gasoline turbo with a displacement of less than 1000 cc.
Group OP (open)
Vehicles that meet the rules of SCORE International, which hosts North American off-road races such as the Baja 1000.
・ OP.1 –All SCORE vehicles except OP.2.
・ OP.2-A four-wheel drive SCORE vehicle with a weight of 2.8 tons or more and a width of less than 2.2 meters.
In addition to these, awards are also prepared for eco-friendly vehicles (Challenge NRJ) powered by hybrids and waste oil, and for the first participant (Trophée 1ère Participation).
Camion / Track
Founded in 1980, this division is for vehicles (= trucks) weighing 3500 kg or more. The regulations called Group T4 are divided into three categories: T4.1 for mass-produced vehicles, T4.2 for modified vehicles, and T4.3 for support trucks. In addition, awards will be prepared separately for vehicles with drive types of 6×6 and 4×4 and vehicles with a displacement of less than 10 L.
Service tracks that do not participate in the competition also have provisions of T5 and T5.1, and it is not possible to use two-wheel drive service tracks.
Moto / Bike
Two-wheeled vehicle division. The maximum displacement of all vehicles is 450 cc, and the number of cylinders is limited to 1-2. Compete in Group 1 (elite class) and Group 2 (non-elite class). Vehicles are divided into class 1 (super production) with a wide range of modifications and class 2 (marathon) with a narrow range of modifications, and the elite class is only class 1 vehicles. There are also awards for riders who do not hire service staff, female riders, and first-time participants.
A division for all-terrain vehicles (four-wheel buggies) that became independent from the MOTO / BIKE division in 2009. It is divided into two-wheel drive, single-cylinder, maximum 750 cc group 3.1 and four-wheel drive, two-cylinder, maximum 900 cc group 3.2 under the regulations called group 3. Yamaha Motor has won the division in all events from the establishment of the division to the present in 2021.
Light Weight Vehicle
A division for light vehicles, mainly SSVs (side-by-side vehicles), which became independent from the AUTO / CAR division in 2017. Until 2020, the names such as “S × S” and “UTV” were contested by the prototype car groups T3.3 and T3.3 Open. Since 2021, it has been reorganized and renamed with the addition of Group T4, which modifies commercial SSVs.
This division was founded in 2021 and targets automobiles and trucks that participated in the Paris-Dakar Rally by 2000. Winning or losing is contested by how much the average speed set for each stage can be maintained.
In the very early days, it was only categorized into two-wheeled vehicles and four-wheeled vehicles, and in most cases it is possible to participate in any vehicle that can obtain a license plate. It was. Therefore, some of the participating vehicles are modified from ordinary commercial vehicles that run in the city. For example, in the motorcycle division, Super Cub and Vespa have also participated, and prototype cars of automobile manufacturers, diversion of military vehicles, etc. There was also.
The rough classification as of 2008 is as follows, and it was further subdivided by fuel type and displacement.
・ Production (unmodified commercial vehicle: common to two-wheeled and four-wheeled vehicles)
・ Super production (remodeled car based on commercial car and competition car. Including buggy: common to two wheels and four wheels)
・ Camion (truck base)
・ Experimental (sidecars, three-wheeled and four-wheeled ATVs, etc.)
In 1997, the works team prototype car (competition-only car) and gasoline turbo engine were banned from participating in the race, but from 2001, the prototype car was virtually lifted in the form of super production. In addition to commercial modified gasoline NA engines, many teams have adopted diesel engines.
Relationship with Japan
From Japan, there are various types of participation, individual participation and corporate participation. Companies have a history of struggling with Yamaha and Honda for motorcycles and buggies, and Mitsubishi, Toyota, Hino, Nissan, and Isuzu for automobiles.
In the Moto division, Yamaha, Honda, and Suzuki used to form a works team to participate in the race. Yamaha was the French import agency Sonauto, with Jean-Claude Olivier at the center of the plan, and Honda managed by the French branch (Honda, France).
The first (1979) and second (1980) were won by the Yamaha XT500, and the fourth (1982) was won by the rider riding the Honda XL550R Kai. After that, Honda introduced the Honda Racing (HRC) V-twin machine NXR750 with the aim of overthrowing BMW, and achieved four consecutive victories from 1986 to 1989. Yamaha recorded seven wins in the 1990s as a result of the continuous development of the “Tenere” → “Super Tenere” series. Stephane Peterhansel, found in Olivier, scored six wins, the most in the Moto category. After that, each manufacturer continued to forgo participation in Works, but Honda has resumed participation in Works with CRF450 since 2013, and Yamaha has resumed participation in Works with WR450F since 2015. In addition, Yamaha Raptor continues to win consecutive victories in the quad division, which was established in 2009.
In the modified car class of the auto division, Mitsubishi Pajero’s activity was remarkable, and in 1985, the Mitsubishi works team dominated the 1st and 2nd place. After that, including seven consecutive years from 2001 to 2007, he won the overall victory of 12 times, which is the largest number among the participating manufacturers, and impressed the brand image of “Pajero-Paridaka”. In 2009, he made his debut as a diesel racing lancer, but announced that he would withdraw from rally activities after the tournament due to the economic downturn after the Lehman shock. Nissan introduced Nissan Pickup of Works in 2003 and welcomed big names such as Kenjiro Shinozuka, Ari Vatanen, Colin McRae, but withdrew from Works only in 2005 ahead of the plan to win within 4 years. I decided. In 2012, Toyota South Africa (TSAM) entered the T1 in the auto category under the name of “GAZOO Racing South Africa” in the Hilux, and in 2019, Toyota won its first Dakar victory.
The most successful commercial vehicle unmodified class in the auto category is the Land Cruiser led by Toyota Auto Body’s TLC (Team Land Cruiser), which started with the 1996 victory in the commercial vehicle unmodified class, 1998-2003 “Past Results” . Retrieved August 21, 2019. , 2005-We have won 6 consecutive titles twice from 2011 to 2011, and have achieved 6 consecutive titles from 2014 to 2019. By the way, it was Land Cruiser Prado operated by Toyota Spain that prevented TLC from winning in 2012 and 2013.
In addition to this, various Japanese SUVs were selected and participated in the auto category as privateer vehicles in Japan and overseas. For example, in addition to global SUVs such as Mitsubishi Pajero and Nissan Safari, Toyota Hilux Surf, Mitsubishi Challenger, Nissan Terrano, Isuzu Big Horn, Isuzu Mu, Suzuki Escudo, Suzuki Jimny, etc. are Dakar.・ In the early competitions, there were some strong men who entered the unmodified class of commercial vehicles with two-wheel drive passenger cars such as Toyota Starlet and Toyota Carina, which are structurally disadvantageous in the desert, and in 1982, two wheels. The carina 1500 driven by Masaru Kubota / Masahiro Uchida won the unmodified class of commercial vehicles. In addition, since prototypes (competition-only vehicles that are not actually on the market) were once available for participation, the Terrano chassis was covered with a Nissan Pulsar GTi-R-style body, and the Pajero was the first domestically produced four-wheel drive vehicle. There was also a car / PX33-style modified vehicle.
In the Camion category, Hino Motors has participated in the ranger as a ranger in collaboration with Yoshimasa Sugawara’s parent and child team Sugawara until 2019, completing 27 consecutive races and winning 10 consecutive races in the less than 10L category, 1-2-3 overall in 1997. Achieved the finish. In addition, Super Dolphin Profia (until 2013) → 700 Series ZS (Profia’s overseas specifications, from 2014) is also participating as a support camion. In the past, Mitsubishi Fuso participated in The Great in 1997 and in 1998 in Super Great, though not as a pure competition vehicle but as a support camion.
In addition, Japanese automobile manufacturers select excellent performers such as technical contests inside the group in which mechanics of affiliated dealers from all over the country participate in order to improve the morale of the sales network and its ends, and actually make a rally. It is often appointed as a mechanic for the participating teams.
Japanese who participated
The official website of the Dakar Rally Japan Office has a list of Japanese participants and results up to 2014.
In the 3rd (1981), privateer team ACP (Adventurous Creative Persons) challenged the Paris Dakar for the first time as a Japanese, and completed the race overtime with the seemingly reckless commercial car unmodified 2WD class Toyota Starlet . In the next few years, the number of participants has increased, and since then, more than 10 Japanese have participated almost every year. Late 1980s-In the early 1990s, the rise in Paris Dakar’s name and the bubble economy combined with the participation of more than 50 privateers. At that time, the participation of well-known talents and cultural figures became a hot topic in the media. Among the works drivers, Mitsubishi’s Kenjiro Shinozuka (1997) and Hiroshi Masuoka (2002/2003) have won the overall four-wheel championship.
Four wheels (including Camion)
・ Kiichiro Yokota –Team ACP representative. He became familiar with African roads by interviewing TV programs, etc., and created an opportunity for Japanese players to participate in the Dakar Rally. He entered the race for the first time as a Kubota car navigator in 1981, and participated for nine consecutive years until 1989. He participated as a driver in 1990 and 1992.
・ Masaru Kubota ――First entered as an ACP driver in 1981, and in 1982, won the first victory as a Japanese in four classes (currently abolished): unmodified commercial vehicle, two-wheel drive, and buggy marathon. He has participated in the war for 11 consecutive years until 1992.
・ Jun Nemoto-Car journalist. He entered the race for the first time as an ACP driver in 1981. He participated in the 1982, 1985, 1988-1997.
・ Yoshimasa Sugawara-Organized the team “Lone Wolf and Cub” and participated in the war from 1983 to 2019. He is the only Japanese to participate in all divisions of Moto Auto Camion. Honda Motor Co., Ltd. → Mitsubishi Motors → Hino Motors. In January 2008, he was recognized by the Guinness World Records as the record holder for the Dakar Rally’s most consecutive appearances (25 times). In 2019, he announced his retirement after extending his record to 36 times.
・ Yosuke Natsuki-actor. He participated as a driver in 1985 and 1986, and as a manager of “Team Citizen Natsuki” in 1987-1993.
・ Kenjiro Shinozuka –Mitsubishi Motors → Nissan Motors → Free (Toyo Tires Development Driver). He has participated in the race since 1986 and won the overall victory in 1997.
・ Hiroshi Masuoka –Mitsubishi Motors. Participated in the Dakar Rally since 1987. He won the overall victory in 2002 and 2003.
・ Takahito Ishihara-TV director. He participated as a driver in “I see! The World” sponsored by the TV program in 1987. He won the commercial car modified diesel class.
・ Takazumi Katayama-Former Road Race World Championship Champion. Completed in 1990 with the Mitsubishi Pajero Kai PX33. He participated in the original Nissan Pulsar-based machine in 1991 but retired.
・ Takamoto Sasaki-Former motocross international A-class rider. He participated in motorcycles in 1989 but retired, completed the race in 1990, and finished 3rd in the class.
・ Wahei Tatematsu-Writer. He participated twice as a navigator, retired in 1990 and completed in 1991.
・ Kaori Okamoto-Actress and talent. She entered the war in 1991 as a driver from Toyota France. She leaves results such as finishing in 1992.
・ Toshihiro Arai-Rally driver. Isuzu Motors participated in 1997 and completed 32nd overall.
・ Yoshio Ikemachi –Motorcycle Division → Automobile Division, Nissan Motor → Toyota Auto Body → Freelance
・ Jun Mitsuhashi –2001, 2002, 2003 Motorcycle division → 2004 Automobile division, Nissan Motor → Toyota Auto Body. He has won four consecutive titles in the commercial vehicle category.
・ Ukyo Katayama-Former F1 driver. Participated in 2007, 2008 and 2009 as a freelancer.
・ Teruhito Sugawara-Hino Team Sugawara, the team of his father, Yoshimasa Sugawara, gained experience as a navigator, team mechanic, and support camion, and has participated as a driver since 2005. He achieved 10 consecutive victories in the less than 10L class in the Camion category in 2010-2019.
・ Akira Miura — Employee of Toyota Auto Body. He participated in TLC (Team Land Cruiser) from 2007 to 2016 as a navigation system for Jun Mitsuhashi and Nicola Jibon, and won the commercial car category twice. He turned into a driver from 2017 and won the class in 2018. Miura is the first in TLC history to win a division victory in both navigation and driver.
・ Ikuo Hanawa ――From 2020, participated in the Hino 600 as a driver of Team Sugawara No. 2.
・ Hideyasu Yamada-Motor sports journalist and photographer. He has been interviewing the Paris-Dakar Rally since the early days. Most of the images of this rally introduced to Japan were taken by him. He has completed the race at the Paris-Dakar Rally.
・ Shinji Kazama-Adventurer. He entered the race in 1982 (first as a Japanese with Toshitaka Kaso) and completed the race (6th in the class and 18th overall). He will try again in 2004, but retire.
・ Toshitaka Kaso-Adventurer. journalist. He entered the war with Shinji Kazama in 1982 (first as a Japanese with Shinji Kazama) and retired in an accident.
・ Tetsutaka Shibata-Writer and critic. Participated as “Team Simba” in 1986 and 1988.
・ Nen Uchida-Journalist. Interviewed in 1986.
・ Reiko Yamamura ――Participated 5 times in total since 1988. In 1997, she was 57th overall in motorcycles (winning the women’s class) and won her fighting award for completing the race with her husband Masayasu Yamamura. In 1998, she was a married couple and entered the automobile division with Isuzu Big Horn and completed the race.
・ Akira Watanabe-Former Motocross World Championship Champion. He entered the race from Gaston Rahier Racing of Suzuki Semi-Works in 1991 and completed the race.
・ Tsutomu Matsui-Journalist. Participated in 1992.
・ Tsuyoshi Watanabe-Engineer. Participated in 1992. In 1997 he joined as a manager and mechanic for the Japanese privateer motorcycle team.
・ Iwao Hirota-Born in Kochi prefecture. Has won the rally raid and Mongolia. In the Dakar Rally, it was ranked 20th in 1998 and 15th in 1999.
・ Hideki Kashiwa-Principal of Riding School. journalist. Participated 4 times in total: 1996, 1997 (completed 35th place), 1998, 2006 (completed 62nd place)
・ Kinoshita Hirobumi-Former mayor of Soka City, Saitama Prefecture. He entered the race in 2001 when he was a member of the city council and completed the race.
・ Satoshi Tamura-Participated in the 2002 tournament ・ Participated in the Dakar Rally while suffering from hearing impairment.
・ Osamu Hotta — Participated in 2002, 2004 and 2006 and completed 100%. Although he does not have a high ranking overall, he is a talented group who always achieves high rankings by class and category. Although he was an ordinary office worker (SE), he took advantage of paid leave to participate in the war. He is also active in promoting eco-energy (new energy) and as a photojournalist.
・Rowland Kirishima-Photographer. He entered the race in 2007 and completed the race.
・ Shinnosuke Kazama-The third son of Shinji Kazama. Participated as “Team Kazama” from 2017.
A game based on this race
In Japan, domestic companies are participating in the rally, so it is highly recognized, and several games based on this race are being produced and sold.
・ Paris Dakar Rally Special (Family Computer, CBS Sony)
・ Victory Run ~ Glory 13,000km ~ (PC Engine Hudson)
・ Big Run (Arcade, Super Nintendo Jaleco)
・ Special stage (for PC-9800, Brother)
Additional discs include the Paris Rukappu and the Paris Beijing Rally
・ Paris-Dakar Rally (Windows, PlayStation 2)
・ Dakar 2: The World’s Ultimate Rally (PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube)
・ Dakar 18 (Windows, Xbox One, PlayStation 4)
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